Round & Round Party

January 22, 2008

Oscar’s 3rd Birthday Party was Saturday. It was a hit! I have a million pictures and ideas to share.

I asked Oscar what kind of party he would like. His answer involved blue cake and circles. So we decided “Round & Round” would be a good theme. This is the invitation. I sent it out via email instead of snail mail — because I had procrastinated.

For the garlands we used construction paper, curly ribbon, glue sticks and two borrowed oversize hole punches (thanks laura!). We used regular hole punches to make confetti from the scraps. The garlands were easy to make and turned out wonderfully, so after the party I wrapped them up for storage on a spare piece of foam board. (These would be great for other parties as well — you could make them more sophisticated by using origami paper with subtle patterns.)

The round menu was geared toward 3-year old appetites: round pb&j;, cucumber & carrot rounds, circle crackers and pineapple rings.

Blue cupcakes with circle sprinkles.

The party favors: bags of super balls in pretty marbelized colors.

For activities we did “round” things. Danced to “You Spin Me Right Round, Baby Right Round”. Walked around a hula hoop while singing “The Big Black Bear” song. Sat in a circle with our feet together and rolled a ball around. Plus lots of free play so they could build with the duplos and try out the puppets in the playroom.

The 3 year old birthday party is always my favorite one. It’s the first year they really get it. How to unwrap a present. What a present is. How to blow out candles (they’re not very good, but they know how to try). They have no expectations and are just delighted with the whole thing. I recommend keeping it small and short. 6 or 7 kids for an hour and a half is just about right.

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more pics here.

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1 Dariela January 22, 2008 at 1:21 pm

What a great idea!! I love party themes that are different like this one!! Cool pictures! Thanks soooo much for sharing!!


2 Emily January 22, 2008 at 1:28 pm

I have got to bookmark this one for when my 9 month old turns 3! Fun fun.


3 Cruze January 22, 2008 at 1:44 pm

I love it. Simple, fun and age-appropriate. And you have such a knack for making something simple into something special.


4 Casey January 22, 2008 at 1:50 pm

ah, love it! what a great idea!


5 Cherry January 22, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Thanks for sharing all these wonderful ideas! Happy 3rd Birthday to your little Oscar :).


6 Denise January 22, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Man that was a fast 3 years! Happy Birthday, Little Oscar.


7 Darleen January 22, 2008 at 1:54 pm

What a darling party! This great idea will be put in my children’s birthday idea folder. That’s for sharing.


8 lisapow January 22, 2008 at 3:27 pm

love love love this!


9 Heather January 22, 2008 at 3:28 pm

This is adorable. You made a very simple idea totally fun and magazine-worthy! Hapy B-day to your little guy.


10 Liss January 22, 2008 at 3:37 pm

This is one of the most fun and creative birthday themes ever! And it was SO cute!


11 angie January 22, 2008 at 4:12 pm

i’m feeling inspired – i have a 3 year old party to throw in three weeks! thanks!


12 Mamalang January 22, 2008 at 6:58 pm

So cute…both the party and the boy!


13 Chelsea January 22, 2008 at 7:12 pm

Super cute.


14 The Collins January 22, 2008 at 7:19 pm

Hi, I have just recently discovered your blog. Love it!! Such a cute birthday party for a 3 year old!! I have a question for you though. I have been looking for some cute retro wall paper for my little boys room. Do you know of any good wall paper sites that I can look at? I have been searching forever. Nothing with characters on it. I was thinking something more like geometric shapes or something of that sort. I am waiting to find something that just pops out at where I just have to have it.


15 PLO January 22, 2008 at 7:20 pm

You are so clever! What a wonderful, colorful party you must have had! Happy Birthday big 3 year old!!


16 ~moe~ January 22, 2008 at 7:39 pm

That is such an awesome party theme! I may have to do that for my 33rd this year. And fun round games? Well Twister, Spin the Bottle, and maybe the Hokey Pokey… :)


17 Anonymous January 22, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Beautiful party! I love your ideas.

I see you have the monkey clock that we have. It’s. . . loud, isn’t it? Between our bee clock, the rooster clock and the monkey clock (WHAT were we thinking??), we are really, really awake in the morning. Hope your monkey does the trick for you.



18 shea-shea's mama January 22, 2008 at 8:13 pm

I totally agree with the post from cruze, you definitely can make simple, amazing! Great job and wow, a lot of work went into making his party special.

What an adorable kid’o! =)


19 allysha January 22, 2008 at 9:17 pm

When did he get so big? The party looked fab.


20 nie nie January 22, 2008 at 10:57 pm


looks so fun. great idea, that oscar is so darling!


21 Allison Smith January 22, 2008 at 11:46 pm

so cute. inventive, fun and easy.


22 annie January 23, 2008 at 12:55 am

So clever and fun! I love your blog!


23 Julie January 23, 2008 at 10:50 am

Wow! Great ideas! He is a beautiful child.


24 Joslyn January 23, 2008 at 11:04 am

this is so very, very cute!!!!!!!!


25 KJ January 23, 2008 at 12:43 pm

I did a watered down version of this for my baby’s 1 year (really it was us and the grandparents, but I wanted it to be festive) and I loved it. You of course went the extra mile and it looks delightful! I may do a repeat on M’s 3rd…Oh, Oscar’s curls are just killing me!


26 Lisa & Jeremy January 23, 2008 at 3:30 pm

LOVE it! You never cease to amaze me!! Thanks for the ideas.


27 Angela January 23, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Love, love, LOVE this! I am sure Oscar and his friends did, too. Got to keep this in mind for our next little one. Happy Birthday, Oscar!


28 jennwa January 25, 2008 at 8:49 am

That party looked great. I loved all the ideas.


29 craig anderson December 20, 2008 at 11:57 am

This is darling!!! Can you please share where you got the napkins?

thank you!


30 Michelle August 10, 2010 at 7:07 pm

What a creative theme all based on what he really wanted, I love that!!


31 Melissa September 4, 2016 at 4:22 pm

Where did you find your bouncy balls? How big were they?


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