Thursday, March 3, 2016

Winnie the Pooh Party

Welcome to the World of Winnie the Pooh!

Luke and I have been going through the classic books of Milne this school year.  He has fallen in love with the world of Christopher Robin and often quotes moments from the books like "Tut tut, it looks like rain".

 I have always thought it was interesting that people use Pooh Bear for baby showers and first birthday parties.  Disney has portrayed Pooh and a creature for infants, but A. A. Milne,  the creator of the Pooh character was writing for little boys. Between the ages of "When We Were Very Young" and "Now We Are Six".  My youngest child is now 5. Such bittersweet moments I live in right now.  I have spent the last 19 years with a toddler or two and now, all of a sudden, I don't have one at all.  So when my nature-loving youngest son, who is so VERY much like Christopher Robin in the original Milne books, said that he wanted a Pooh birthday party, I didn't hesitate. 

I wrote the invitations in Milne's classic writing style and tied them with a 'hunny' stick to give the invited a touch of anticipated sweetness.

When the children arrived at the party, I had a bounce house set up in the school room due to rain.  I couldn't get a single picture of this, as it filled the room completely.  The door barely opened.  But there was much bouncing and laughing and 'tigger-style' fun before lunch!

Then came a Smackeral of Something.

Above the lunch table was a bee hive, a Pooh bear with a blue balloon, and a sweet little 'hunny' pot. Yellow plates, yellow napkins, and yellow chevron paper straws were near the beehive drink dispenser that I somehow didn't get a single picture of.  Weird! (Trust me!  It was cute!)

The tree above the table was twisted packaging paper with cardstock trees and sweet little feather-winged bees on a large paper lantern.

How could I miss an opportunity to decorate with two of my vintage copies of The World of Pooh and Now We Are Six (which I changed to Five, for the occasion).

The table was bedecked with little signs, such as you would see in the Hundred Acre Wood.  They are just simple floral foam covered in moss with craft stick signs stuck in them, but man, were they a cute addition!

The menu was pretty simple.  
  • Piglets in a Blanket (corn dogs are his favorite food, much to my frustration) and tater tots
  • Carrot Patch (which is strawberries dipped in orange chocolate coating on a bed of crushed Oreos for 'dirt')
  • Rabbits Garden with ranch dip (veggie tray)
  • Tigger Tails (Giant pretzel sticks dipped in orange chocolate coating with dark chocolate 'stripes')

All of Luke's favorite foods.

(Look at those pink bounce-house cheeks and that plate of orange food.  If only all food came in orange....)

Next was the games.  

First, we had 'Pin the Tail on Eeyore'.  I drew this Eeyore on poster board and then cut tails out of cardstock.  I used yellow chevron washi tape to continue the theme.

From what I can tell, most of these kids could see.  Lol!  But they had fun.

Next up, we took an 'adventur' to the creek by our house and played Pooh Sticks.  This turned out to be the most fun ever and we stayed there for about 45 minutes, throwing sticks off one side of the bridge and running to the other side and waiting to see who wins.  

Sometimes the sticks sunk right to the bottom of the creek, sometimes the sticks just disappeared.  But there was a lot of fun had for all these 4 and 5 year olds.

After our 'adventur', we came home and watched the classic Winnie the Pooh movie.  I popped popcorn and we had caramel corn, honeycomb cereal, and birthday Teddy-Grahams to put in our popcorn treat as we watched the movie.  

Then was cake and present time.  

This amazing blueberry muffing cake recipe can be found here.

Action shot - his sweet face.  

We started singing him Happy Birthday and he looks over at me.  He has always been the most easy to train up in gratitude.  Not that my other kids are not polite, they are!  But Luke has a natural gratitude that goes beyond anything I have done, down to the core of him.  He is just naturally moved by acts of love.  

So I bring the cake down to him, we are all singing Happy Birthday, and he looks up at me.  Then he just has to give me a hug.  No words, just a big hug.  The party moves on after that, but I am glad my husband caught it, because.... oh that sweet, sweet face!

The gift bags were super simple.  Just twig pencils, 'hunny' sticks, a carrot chocolate, and a 'hunny' flavored sugar crystal stick.All tucked into an adorable little brown paper bag.  Very simple, but very loved.  Luke has colored with his pencils all week long.

And that's all folks!  A big kid, Winnie the Pooh birthday party!  Complete with the games that Christopher Robin himself would have loved.  

It was an absolutely adorable party!



Becka said...

That picture of his hug is so sweet. It was a beautiful party, good job!

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Thank you, Becka! It was just the sweetest moment. <3

Blessings, Val

Mickymunchkin's little space said...

oh wow, this is sooooo cool! I'm a big Winnie the Pooh fan myself, and you put so much love into the details! Bugger, my daughters are 16 and nearly 18 now - then again, should I ask my oldest if she wants a Winnie the Pooh Party on her 18th? She might even like the idea :) I think we need to talk ;)
Really really LOVE your decorations, food and yes, the whole thing :) Bet you the kids had a ball! :)

Val in the Rose Garden said...

@Mickymunchkin Oh, Thank you! It was so delightful! My favorite was the pooh sticks. What a wonderful pastime for 4-6 year olds! It was a relatively inexpensive party too. Could easily adapt it to any aged nature-lover! <3

Blessings, Val

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