I cannot say enough nice things about this amazing book by Anni Daulter and Heather Fontenot. Naturally Fun Parties for Kids is just plain overflowing with ideas, recipes, and inspiration to throw amazing, sustainable parties that your kids will like. There are 12 complete parties planned in this book, everything from invitations and decorations to recipes and crafts are included for each party theme.
The book is organized according to the seasons and includes three party ideas for each of the seasons. The ideas are sometimes classic, an egg dyeing party for spring, and sometimes unique, like strawberry picking and jam-making party for summer or an upcycle art party in autumn. Other party themes include a pancake pj party, summer and winter solstice parties, a natural spa party (complete with recipes for homemade spa treatments), a wild girls tepee party, and a knights and dragon quest party. There really is something for everyone here.
We have not had occasion to throw one of these exact parties, but I am drawn to the pancake pj party for my own Christmas eve birthday. Who wouldn’t want to spend the morning of Christmas eve in pj’s eating pancakes followed by birthday cake? There was a 4th birthday party here about 6 weeks ago, and I must confess that chicken masks we made and sent home as favors were definitely inspired by this book. The true beauty of this book might lie not in recreating a party to every last detail, but instead in getting to pick and choose from the plentiful ideas to make a party your own or in letting the ideas here take root and shape into something totally new for your needs.
Each party is broken down to include detailed lists of projects and materials and a timeline for getting things done. Every invitation is unique and handmade, and the materials recommended are frequently recycled or thrifted items. The egg dyeing party includes not only a recipe and directions for making the natural egg dyes, but also directions for a spring fabric banner, an inspirational sign, spring flower table decor, and recipes for flowerpot cheese breads, mini crustless quiches, and lemon-mint ice pops. No details is to small for Anni and Heather to have considered, and they frequently offer small tips and tricks to make things more easy or run more smoothly throughout.
I know this book has “for kids” in the title, but even if you don’t have kids and never plan on throwing a party that will include them, much of this book will be useful for you. There are just SO MANY ideas here! Get the book and get your party on! Really.