The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.
We are entering the time of year known at the Fleck house as birthday party season. Over the next few months we’ll celebrate four birthdays in our family, as well as celebrating two holidays and a family reunion.
Normally this means I’m facing a bit of a conundrum: how to create wonderful, fun parties for my children without giving into the consumerism, highly processed, commercial party element that seems so prevalent in kids’ parties these days? If those parties could be kind to the planet and kind to my budget, even better.
In other words, the book I’m sharing with you today landed on my desk for review at just the right time!
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Naturally Fun Parties for Kids
Naturally Fun Parties for Kids was written by Anni Daulter with Heather Fontenot.
Anni Daulter, the author, is a professional cook and an advocate for sustainable living. Her previous books include Ice Pop Joy, The Organic Family Cookbook, and Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers. She is also the co-founder of Bamboo magazine for whole family living.
From the first glance at the cover I knew that this was a different kind of party book – not a plastic cake topper or artificial color in sight. The softcover book has 128 pages with 12 seasonal party ideas for kids ages 5 to 12. From creating the invitations to instructions for handmade decorations to games and kid-friendly recipes to serve your party guests, this book gently guides you through your party planning with over 200 full color photos and clearly written instructions.
The authors have even thoughtfully included timelines for party planning, so that you aren’t doing in all in a last minute rush (not that I’d ever do that. ahem.) but can get started about a month to two weeks before your party.
The book includes earth-friendly, budget-friendly, yet fun seasonal themes, such as:
- an egg dyeing Spring garden party
- a pancake pajama party
- forest faerie dress-up party
- strawberry-picking and jam-making party
- upcycle art party
- knights and dragons quest party
- and more!
It says a lot to me that my children, ranging in age from 3 to 10, also seemed naturally drawn to the book from the moment it arrived. Each of them has spent some time skimming the pages and commenting on different elements and images that they would like, pretending to plan their own parties.
Myself? I have marked several ideas with post-it notes and feel better prepared for the upcoming birthday season than I have a in a while. More than that, I also feel inspired to throw some of these kid-friendly parties just because sometimes you don’t need a reason to celebrate and spend time with family and friends.
There are a lot of happy memories waiting within the pages of Naturally Fun Parties for Kids. My children and I can’t wait to get started celebrating!
One lucky Simple Kids reader will win a copy of the book Naturally Fun Parties for Kids: Creating Handmade, Earth-Friendly Celebrations for All Seasons and Occasions by Annie Daulter with Heather Fontenot.
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This giveaway will be open until Midnight EST, Friday April 13, 2012. Good luck!