a simple birthday party {and a really great gift idea}

My No. 2 turned six this month. September is usually a beautiful month around here and so we decided to do a party at the park again this year {see last year’s here}.

brady invite

But the day of the party was chilly and blustery, so we moved the party to our house.

Have you ever played cookie doodle? It is my boys’ current favorite ipad game. We based the birthday treats on the game and the kids decorated cookies.






There were a lot of kids! And I was a little worried it would be out-of-control, but it actually turned out to be a really fun project {and yummy too}.



{do you think my oldest has a sweet tooth?!}


{she does too}

If you are looking for a simple party idea, perhaps you could try a cookie decorating party. I bought the sugar cookies from walmart for $2 a dozen, a few jars of frosting and lots of sprinkles, mini candies and sour gummy worms {a big hit}. Easy, inexpensive and lots of fun.

zig zag

At the party, one of #2’s best buddies gave him the most thoughtful homemade gift.


My friend Rae {www.armommy.com} comes up with the best ideas : I’m especially in love with this one : a build a fort kit.


For a family who builds forts daily, this is the perfect make-it-yourself gift.


The kids love it.


Rae has put together a tutorial with instructions for how to put together a fort kit of your own. You can learn how to make it at www.armommy.com


34 Responses to a simple birthday party {and a really great gift idea}

  1. Brett Bralley September 29, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    This is an extremely adorable gift idea. I loved forts so much as a kid. They’re one of the best parts about being little.

  2. Lani September 27, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    Love this whole thing and just might use it for my little girl who’s turning 6 in March. She loves the fort thing and couldn’t understand why she doesn’t have one! Haha, just you wait peanut!

  3. jennifer September 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    what a great idea … i do think i will have to make a few!!!

  4. denise September 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    love the fort idea! I just saw it on pinterest this weekend and have my shopping list ready . thanks for the both the ideas!

  5. Kacey September 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    Super cute birthday party! I love how together everything looks even though you had to change it the day of. And those bright and happy birthday plates? Perfect! Thanks for all the great ideas.

  6. laurenbtrain September 27, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    i love this gift idea! the party looks like it was a blast!

  7. Flor September 26, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    what a wonderful idea! I just love your pictures.. and the picture of your little girl is absolutely.precious! Great job Emily :)

  8. Melissa Crouch September 26, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    ok.. saw the plates are from walmart.. Ugh you are gonna make me go to Wally World! :)

  9. Melissa Crouch September 26, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    Really Really like.. as in gonna steal it ;) ! Where did you get the plates?.. I really love those, and I am sorry but the straws make the whole party! :) LOL! getting those too. Thanks Girl!

  10. Lili September 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    This is just about the cutest party idea and the cutest gift idea I’ve ever seen. I think my nease (5) would LOVE this for a Christmas gift. A GIRLIE fort!!! I can’t think of anything better!!!!

    As for the party I will be borrowing this idea as soon as my sweet little girl is old enough for sour gumming worms!!!

  11. {darlene} September 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    the fort idea is SO cute! my boys would jump for joy at such a gift. Off to bookmark it.
    Also… a cookie party… why didn’t I think of that? Thanks for sharing, emily!

  12. jami nato September 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    build a fort kit…so smart.

    also the kids eating the cookies with like 10 inches of candy on it…LOL

  13. Ashley Warnock September 26, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    So cute!! Thanks for sharing! Btw, where did you get those adorable plates?!?

    • emily September 26, 2011 at 11:01 am #

      The plates are from walmart in the party section. They are cute!

      • Ashley Warnock September 26, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

        AHHH! yay wally world! who knows if SC will have them, but i will give it a try. thanks for sharing!

  14. Emily September 26, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    This is such a cute idea – both the cookies and the tent! :) Does anyone know what font is used on the invite (in orange). I’ve actually been searching for something identical for my little man’s b-day invites and keep coming up empty handed!

  15. Erin September 26, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    Oh my GOSH, that tent builder is the cutest gift idea ever for a little boy!! LOVE that! Happy 6th Bday to your little guy!!

  16. Abby September 26, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    What a fun alternative to a birthday cake! I’ll definitely have to keep in mind for future kids (still many years away, but still :) )

  17. Sara McAllister September 26, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    That tent idea is precious! Using it. Thanks for sharing!

  18. KC September 26, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    it really is such a cute idea!

  19. Holly@Loveoflifeblog September 26, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    Your son really knows how to top a cookie! I think my version would be the same… :)

  20. Laura Jones September 26, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    I LOVE the party idea and the fort gift idea. Fabulous! What a fun post to read…on my birthday! I’m 29 and would love both of those for my birthday. But I can’t complain because I got my first dog yesterday. Murphy is a great gift.

  21. Susy September 26, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    I used to decorate gingerbread men with friends every year for my birthday! It was SO FUN! It’s a great idea…it can be a little messy, but it’s worth it! Happy Birthday to your sweet boy! :)

  22. Erin September 26, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    This might be the cutest thing I have ever seen! What a great idea!

  23. rachel September 26, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    That’s a great party idea! Looks like everyone had fun:)
    What a sweet and thoughtful gift too!

  24. Kellie September 26, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    My eight year old was drooling at the cookie party!

    Where are the black bunk beds from…we are in the market for some

  25. Amy September 26, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    Our family has two birthdays coming up next month. We usually just do a small family party, so it’s easy for me to go simple. Too simple. This is a great reminder for me to get in gear and plan some fun, special days for my kiddos.

  26. Tonya September 26, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    Love the fort kit…I’ll be putting one of those together for our nephew’s birthday this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  27. cailan September 26, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    How sweet and simple. My sister makes those fort kits too, they are certainly a recipe for happy kiddos!

  28. Amanda M. September 26, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    WOW. Really.super.cool.gift!!
    And the cookie decoration idea is so fun. We used to do the same with cupcakes for several birthdays. Very fun & inexpensive! But I think cookies is an even better idea and think we might use that idea next. Thanks!

  29. heather September 26, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    What a fun birthday party! I am so making up some of those kits to have on hand for birthday parties. This mom of 4 boys will get lots of use out of it. :)

  30. Bernie September 26, 2011 at 5:58 am #

    What a wonderfully yummy and simple birthday party idea. Kids birthday parties have gotten so entirely out of hand, that my nieces have forgone them altogether, for their children. I think some of the over the top parties are more for the parents, than the kids. I am stealing the “fort” idea for my nephew for his birthday! He’s gonna love it!

  31. Shelley September 26, 2011 at 5:55 am #

    Looks like everyone had a great time :D And yes, that gift idea is brilliant!!!!

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