It was a busy couple days here. Ashton turned 6 on Friday, and his party was the next day. If you've been following, you know that he wanted a Harry Potter birthday. And a Harry Potter birthday it was!
See this picture? That's not just Hedwig, Harry's owl. Would you believe me if I told you that was Ashton's birthday cake? I kid you not!!
My insanely talented friend Myriam (same girl who made the beautiful and delicious chai cake for my birthday), made this one as well. All I told her is that it was a Harry Potter theme. She came up with the design and my gosh, did she ever deliver!! (you can find her here.)
I've always been a procrastinator, so in my true spirit, I waited until the night before the party to start making the 8 Harry Potter wizard inspired wands for the kids.
When it comes to arts and crafts, I am usually better at copying things that I see. I'm not very good at coming up with something and executing it. But I had a vision for these wands. I knew what I wanted them to look like. And to my surprise, they came out exactly the way I wanted them to. They are all unique in design, and slightly varied in colour as well.
I am so proud of how they came out! What do you think?
But something I am more proud of, is my son. He just turned 6, and he is such a caring and thoughtful boy. I am so proud of the amazing person he is growing up to be!
This year, I decided to add a new birthday tradition. The felt birthday crown. It is something I've been seeing ever since I first heard about Waldorf education and all the wonderful traditions, crafts and toys. Some of those influences have been making their way into our lives, and the birthday crown is something I've been meaning to add.
Another tradition that we've had for the past few years already, is that my kids always give each other presents on their birthday's and Christmas. As much as I love handmade, it's pretty much always been bought. I am planning on making more of an effort for this Christmas and have them craft something for each other. But no matter what it's been, it seems that the present from the other sibling is the one they seem to look forward to the most.
Her, excited to give her brother something she picked herself.
They don't hug each other often anymore it seems, so I'm glad I caught this on camera :)
Ashton was very excited about his HP Lego's, but I'd like to direct your attention to the dramatic little girl in the background. I don't know why she did that at that particular moment, but I had to share with you, because this picture cracks me up!!
Then the next day, came the party with friends. It was a fun theme to work with. I had tried to make silly putty for the kids, as a party favor, but it didn't quite work out. Ashton wanted to keep it, said it looked like guts (his words), so we decided to put it in a jar as a prop. I was able to use some things I had around the house, purchased the feathers from the dollar store, and used some Halloween decorations we had on hand (aka the eyeball balls in the jar). I mean, who knows what wizards use in their potions, right?!
I made a simple batch of "dirt play dough" and added some critters and that was part of the loot bag, instead of the ruined goop.
I heard it was a hit! (Recipe found here).
Ashton had a great birthday and loved his party. He says it was his best birthday yet. And I think I might have to agree. It might be a long time before I can top off this birthday and party, but in the end, it's not about topping off each year after year.
It's about time with family and friends. About instilling new traditions, and keeping old ones alive. That is what I love the most, and I hope my children grow up with that same love for what really matters :)
But can I just say as a side note, it was really hard cutting into this cake to eat it! You would have had quite the laugh to see me struggle cutting it. Maybe he looked too real, or just too cute to cut.
Do you have any special birthday traditions that you have in your family? I'd love to hear about it!