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5 Reasons why you should let your child plan their party

I am the organized type, the no I don’t need your help, but thanks for offering type. You know the person that always has it together. The planner, the list taker, the crafty one that doesn’t think anyone else can see their vision like I can type. Well, I was approaching my daughters third birthday and I had mentally planned out her celebration.

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On Sunday we would go to Build-a-Bear per her request at Christmas time. We would have a grand time then invite the family to join us for lunch. I don’t believe in big parties for all ages so we only do it big for the milestones. Well my three year old had other plans.

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She got this adorable custom shirt, matching tutu and head dress by Make My Bling for Christmas.

She wanted her celebration to take place on Sunday Saturday, she wanted to invite the family out for lunch have the family come to our home to celebrate. She wanted to eat BBQ pizza and cupcakes cake. Oh, she also wanted to eat on Doc McStuffins plates and make a wish. First off she is turning 3 but she is planning like she is turning 23. Who is this bossy little girl with her mind all made up. I love her! 

When it was all said and done it was a lot of fun. We did it her way and she gave me a big hug at the end of the night, told me I was the best Mom ever and that her birthday was awesome. That’s the point right? Yup!

Top 5 reason why you should let your children plan their own party

1. You’ll love the thought they put into the planning even if it appears random.

2. It’s their birthday, why not involve them in the process.

3. It’s a fun way to get to know your children and what they like.

4. Their ideas are usually on a smaller scale than ours.

5. They will swear it’s the best party EVER, but give you all the credit.

She gave me the theme but the decor was all Mi. Pinterest didn’t let me down, I did all the decor in the span of 24hrs, I re-purposed several items I had at home. I will note those things in the pictures.

This is how Nori’s 3rd birthday turned out…

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I was so proud of my shy girl at Build A Bear, she picked out the bear she wanted. She mumbled to the lady assisting her as she asked her how she wanted to custom make her bear. With a little encouragement from her brother she used the foot pedals to fluff her bear and later give it an air bath.

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She picked out panties, a shirt, tutu and socks for Laughter bear. She named her Laughter because she giggles every time you press her paw. Cute right. lol

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She was on cloud nine after making Laugher. She happily jumped in this big chair in the shoe store and watched cartoons while we browsed the aisles. Her shirt says Princess Nori, it’s also a custom tee from Make My Bling.

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Now it’s party time!

I emailed this invite to the family a few weeks ago. I found the image on the web and added the text via PowerPoint.

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This was a small family only event so I didn’t go all out with the decor. This was probably the hardest part for me, I wanted to go all out. To keep myself in check I didn’t start working on the party until the afternoon of the day before. This would keep me from doing the most. The wooden letters sit on Nori’s shelf in her bedroom. I brought them down and added little band aids to them to go with the theme. I re-purposed the milk bottles from my sons Minecraft party. I printed out some water labels I found on the web and put them on the mini bottles. Nori already owned this Doc McStuffins car so I just added it as table decor.

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Nori wanted a strawberry cake with white frosting and sprinkles. I used an old school bundt pan, I already had the cake board because I use it to make diaper cakes. lol I used my Cricut to cut out the letters and glued them to the board.

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This was the fun table for Nori and her cousins. It included name badges for everyone, candy prescription bottles (party favors), a checkup check list, a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope (they were part of my Halloween costume) Doc McStuffin theme wrist bands, and a patient information list.  Nori’s Doc doll was just decoration.

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Name Badges

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I used jars of Lego pieces that I use for shoes as toy parts. I re-purposed these jars from my Baby shower for Nori back in 2011. I wrapped a ribbon around them and added one Doc embellishment to each one. I already owned these embellishments because I use them for shoes as well.  The bottom pics are a close up on the candy prescription jars I made as party favors.

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We all enjoyed the family time and celebrating Nori’s 3rd birthday. Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.

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MimiCuteLips® started in 2010, it’s a place to come and share life experiences. Mimi is a lifestyle blogger, a mother of two, an Operations Manager by day, the business owner of From Mi To You and a naturalista. She blogs about life as she sees it, lives it, and loves it (or not)! The purpose of this blog is to share her voice. Like many others, she lives a life that requires her to wear multiple hats. From DIY projects, parenting, business adventures, love, travel recaps and more.

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  1. Claudette

    We thoroughly enjoyed the celebration of Nori’s 3rd birthday on Saturday. We are looking forward to watching her grow and blossom!

  2. Pamela

    THIS IS SO ADORABLE. NORI LOOKS LIKE SHE HAD A GREAT BIRTHDAY PARTY! LOVE IT!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Pam, I’m so glad I let her plan things the way she wanted. I think I will let the kids take a more active role going forward. She was so proud. lol It was cute to see her in action.

  3. Adanna

    How cute!!! So haPpy my girl nori planned her Party. She Did well, i love her invite. Super cutE.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Adanna, she is so much like me its scary. lol I loved her attention to little details I didn’t even know she knew about. Like making a wish. lol I told her we make a great team.

  4. MJ

    Happy Birthday to your baby Girl! I love how you embrace her ideas. Its amazing to see them flourish and become their own. Everything looks great and her smile says it all. Great tips I needed to hear because I definitely need to let go a little more!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks MJ, it was a lesson in letting for for me too. Here I thought I was helping her, but she was helping me too. I’m going to try and let go a little more.

  5. Janeane Davis

    this post is spot on. It is often the case that children want something thematically different for their parties from what they like to play each day. It is great to get them involved with things that are important to them.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Janeane, letting her plan her party was an eye opener for me too. I’m certainly going to continue the trend for years to come.

  6. Britney

    Awww too cute! She did great. the invitations are medicine bottles are adorable! I let my kids plan their own parties too. I want the event to be all about them and have all their input. #blmgirls

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Britney, my son is 10, I don’t know why I didn’t think to do this before. My daughter is so bossy and take charge and my son is more go with the flow. He doesn’t care about the details. lol My daughter is all about the details. haha

  7. Vashti (veepeejay.com)

    Aww..this is the cutest thing! I love how she planned out her party just the way she wanted it. Happy birthday Nori.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Vashti, it was so cute to hear her ideas. To know that at 2 years old she had all of these thoughts about her birthday. 3 is going to be a year of adventure for sure.

  8. Christine @MomsNCharge

    Awww this was absolutely adorable Mimi! I love the simplicity of it but it was well planned out, with so many cute little touches. It’s funny how we’re the ones to go all out when our kids will choose something way more toned down (generally lol).

    • MimiCuteLips

      Yes, as parents we think they want the moon and the stars and most of the time they want a lot less. I’m learning the less is more approach.

  9. Nicole Brewer

    This was a great idea. Very enjoyable post and cute cute kids!

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