We thought about the little sister’s birthday theme and decided to choose something she really loves – and probably every child too. Well, I love it too and I think you could too. It is something that reminds me of her and is sweet, colorful, addicting and delicious! Yes, we are talking about IC.E. C.R.E.AM., Of course.
I was kind of worried that apart from letting the kids eat ice cream, I couldn’t think of anything that was fun and fun for them. Then she told me “Mom, it’s okay, we can only come up with one or two very simple activities and that’ll be enough for me.” Awwww. Yes, although I plan and organize parties for each of my children every year, they don’t require a big party, and on the contrary, they like to celebrate very simple stuff with only a small group of friends. Her words motivated me and although it turned out that our party was easy, I could say that she appreciated all the efforts that were made and best of all that she had a BLAST.
Learn more about Ariel’s ice cream party that took place the day my little girl turned around SEVEN.
We designed and printed these printed birthday invitations so that Ariel could distribute them to her elementary school friends before the school holidays end of the year. It was not easy to reach the parents, as not everyone was in the class chats and there was no way I could get their contact numbers. In fact, it turned out that almost half of them did not answer to inform whether they could come or not, even though we had written the RSVP date and my number. Sob. Well, I thought most of them were busy and they could just have been thinking. Fortunately, the birthday girl understood that and it was cool to get along with anyone who could show up.
Considering the fact that this party took place in less than four days after we returned from vacationing at Club Med Bintan and one day after Asher’s 4th birthday party, I think we did pretty well with the party decorations.
The wall flag and the personalized name print were created and created a few weeks earlier because they convey a feeling of anticipation and everyone is looking forward to the party. Also, these DIY decorations are always done on my home printer, so I have to get the most out of them after so much ink, right? Haha. So I usually leave them on for about a month and I feel like it makes me happy to look at them – although I might complain that time sometimes goes too quickly.
I bought these giant ice balloons online and they came in a pack of 10, although at first I thought there would only be one or two. What was so funny was that the kids and I came together to blow them up – yes, blow, not pump – and they did an amazing job of holding out and not giving up. Haha. Ariel did the best and she was so excited that she would give each of her friends who came to the party a balloon.
As always, the dessert table is simple, but nicely kept, the way I like it. Since I bought this folding table a year ago, I think it will be used for our dessert corner in the coming years. I think it’s great that we can also set it up right in front of our pretty wall – although it always takes a lot of time to make enough space before we can make enough space. Haha.
In addition to the cupcake stand with ice cream lid, Ribena and bottled mineral water with personalized labels and the light box, we also used the ice cream kitchen toy and the erasers as decoration. The erasers look so cute, don’t they?
For the party favors, we distributed colorful pens, a pen with a fluffy ice cream chain, a tattoo to stick on, a flashing bracelet and an ice mold. Ariel was the one who helped pack and tie them all up well, because that should be the birthday boy’s responsibility, right?
Since we had the party in the late afternoon, it was more of a tea party, so we prepared finger food for the kids. Yes Call me ngiao But we have stopped ordering lunch buffets for such parties and are asking parents to drop their children off. The thing is, I find it much better when it comes to bringing the birthday child in touch with his friends, and it’s not surprising that most of them are actually not interested in the food. What she loved was the activities and the opportunity to meet her friends to have some fun together.
Right, that doesn’t mean I wanted to starve her too, so we did it
Prepare cupcakes, an ice cream cake from Swensens, a lot more ice cream,
Pudding, fresh fruit, chocolates, nuggets and fries. I loved it when the kids gathered and told me a lot of stories about themselves and the things that happened in school. It’s nice to be up to date and get to know my child’s good friends. I had a parent who told me how he thought I was super brave to ask for the children to be given because I only had two hands to deal with ten children. Haha. Well, it wasn’t that difficult when you got the hang of it and the most important thing was that I hope everyone had fun!
# 1 – Color your favorite ice cream
Our first activity is always … coloring! As I said, it’s a good way to keep the kids busy while they wait for the rest. Ariel chose her favorite ice cream coloring page and was happy to add some colors.
It is also a good way to let the children settle down and get to know each other. We also did a round of self-introduction so that everyone could get to know each other. After all, some of them came from the same elementary school, a couple were our childhood friends and another was Ariel’s beast from Kindy.
# 2 – Make an ice clay model
When everyone arrived, it was time to continue with the second activity! Yes, art is something my two girls enjoy, so they both wanted a sound production session. With modeling clay and some sample pictures that I printed out, the children were asked to prepare their favorite ice cream within 15 minutes. I loved seeing that concentrated expression on their faces and seeing how each of them would do their best to create something creative and imaginative.
Check out her creations! I have to say that these were really amazing considering that the time limit was so short. We had a voting contest to see whose clay model would win the most votes! This was done without revealing which ice cream was made by whom to make it a fair competition, but I think the birthday girl was lucky because she emerged as one of the top two winners – we had a tie! Can you guess what she did?
# 3 – catch the “bullets”
The next activity required the children to work in pairs and was a test of their teamwork and reflexes. The idea was simple: one person threw so many colorful pompoms in a minute and the other tried to catch them in a cup. Was it easy? Not at all, especially for children. Some of them could do better than the others, but it was good to see that nobody gave up or refused to try. The husband gave a live demonstration of how to catch as many pompoms as possible, and the children were motivated to keep trying to improve their scores. Fun!
# 4 – Shoot the cones
I asked Ariel if she wanted to shoot with a gun or a bow and arrow, she chose the latter and so we decided to develop this activity. I printed pictures of ice cream clipart, made them in different sizes, assigned a score to each (the bigger the ice, the lower the score), cut it out and laminated it before I glued it to my kitchen glass.
All the kids had to do was aim and shoot – if your arrow hits an ice cream cone you get the points! Each of them was allowed to make three attempts before moving on to the next person. The kids loved this game so much that we left the clippings for weeks and even let our parents give it a try when they came for Christmas. Haha.
# 5 – what’s for dessert?
The last game was one of Ariel’s favorite games because she loves to draw and guess. I printed out a stack of cards, each with a dessert / snack / fruit / food. This included sandwich, burger, sunny side up, jelly, strawberries and even ice cream Kachang. All they had to do was take turns drawing so their friends could guess the item and the person with the most correct guess would be the winner. Some of her drawings were really cute, including her interpretations of Durian and Marshmallow.
A birthday party is never complete without a cake cutting ceremony, is it? One of the things my kids are still looking forward to is blowing their candles on their special days, and I’m glad they let them do it as long as possible every year. In fact, during our birthdays, they blow out my candles and my husband’s candles, haha. I think that’s the norm and it’s a blessing because it means we have our kids to party with, right?
We had a duo of flavors Swensen’s ice cream cake and the birthday boy chose her favorite chocolate and biscuit and cream flavor. Yum! I love this ice cream cone on top and that there were also some strawberries. You should have seen the children’s faces light up when I told them “It is ICE AGE!” That said, I also bought Wayyyyyy too much ice cream that day, and more than half of them sit in my fridge three months later. Psssstt, we just had Haagen Dazs ice cream after dinner tonight. Hee
Here’s a big one THANK YOU to all the friends who came to celebrate Ariel’s special day with her and I hope you had as much fun as she did and brought some very precious memories home with you in this huge ice balloon.
Dear Ariel, happy to be 7 and it is so nice to see your sunshine smile every day, my sweet little cake. I hope you stay bubbly, kind, sweet and loving towards your friends and family. Remember that we love you to the moon and back and that you will always be our precious, sweet baby!
Until the next birthday party! Who wants ice cream?
Read more about Ariel’s birthday parties here:
Ariel is 6 – the ocean is calling
Ariel is 5 – It’s a Shopkins Tea Party
Ariel is 4 – a Royal Princess Party
Ariel is 3 – Sofia’s first birthday party
Ariel is 2 – let’s freeze
Ariel is 1 – Turning One Under the Sea
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