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Grinch-themed birthday party

Our son, Jack, turns 4 this week. Since his second birthday we’ve let him choose his party theme. At 2 it was Pingu (please, have a look at this adorable Swedish claymation penguin show), last year it was the Lorax and when I asked him this year what he wanted, he chose the Grinch.

A Grinch-themed birthday party | Minimal organization and lots of running around is all you need for a fun kids birthday party. A photo gallery from alaskaknitnat.com
Pin the heart on the Grinch. It’s more of a tradition on my part to get me into the spirit of party planning. The kids play with it for about 5 minutes.

During the holidays we took Jack to a local restaurant to see the outrageous film based on the Dr. Seuss character. It was his first big screen experience so it must have left an impression on him.

A Grinch-themed birthday party | Minimal organization and lots of running around is all you need for a fun kids birthday party. A photo gallery from alaskaknitnat.com
I create 4×6 invitations in Photoshop and print them at Walgreens for 17 cents a copy. Or I get lazy and text the image to people.

Now, when I say we have a “themed” party, I don’t mean a Pinterest-worthy event where every dish is labeled with cute names (let’s remember, his guests can’t read). I usually choose a theme color and run with it.

A Grinch-themed birthday party | Minimal organization and lots of running around is all you need for a fun kids birthday party. A photo gallery from alaskaknitnat.com
I have found my calling: drawing Grinches.
A Grinch-themed birthday party | Minimal organization and lots of running around is all you need for a fun kids birthday party. A photo gallery from alaskaknitnat.com
Green tortilla pinwheels with spinach, pesto, pecorino Romano, roasted red peppers and ham

Jack decided the main dish was to be bagels with green cream cheese. Easy enough. Just mix some green food coloring into the cream cheese.

A Grinch-themed birthday party | Minimal organization and lots of running around is all you need for a fun kids birthday party. A photo gallery from alaskaknitnat.com
Our party spread consisted of green foods, such as bagels and green cream cheese, green Cheerio treats and guacamole.

Green tortilla pinwheels with spinach, peso, pecorino Romano, roasted red peppers and ham

Green tortilla pinwheels with spinach, peso, pecorino Romano, roasted red peppers and hamA Grinch-themed birthday party | Minimal organization and lots of running around is all you need for a fun kids birthday party. A photo gallery from alaskaknitnat.com

A Grinch-themed birthday party | Minimal organization and lots of running around is all you need for a fun kids birthday party. A photo gallery from alaskaknitnat.com
All our party supplies came from Target.

Although his party theme is a bit out of season, I just wanted to share how we do birthday parties because it doesn’t have to be perfect. Kids are happy to just run around so I don’t feel pressure to be organized.

A Grinch-themed birthday party | Minimal organization and lots of running around is all you need for a fun kids birthday party. A photo gallery from alaskaknitnat.com
Jack ensured his guests were properly hydrated by stocking the drink table with Kerns fruit nectars.

And I want the parents to have fun, which is why we had a mimosa bar. Champagne and fruit nectars — easy peasy.

A Grinch-themed birthday party | Minimal organization and lots of running around is all you need for a fun kids birthday party. A photo gallery from alaskaknitnat.com

We saved the strawberry tops and remaining cucumbers from the veggie platter and steeped them in water overnight for a non-alcoholic alternative.

A Grinch-themed birthday party | Minimal organization and lots of running around is all you need for a fun kids birthday party. A photo gallery from alaskaknitnat.com

I did Pinterest out a tad when it came to the cupcakes. I made banana bread with green food coloring and made mini cupcakes. Then I topped each cupcake with green frosting and skewered a strawberry and mini marshmallow on top to look like Grinch wearing a Santa hat.

A Grinch-themed birthday party | Minimal organization and lots of running around is all you need for a fun kids birthday party. A photo gallery from alaskaknitnat.com

A Grinch-themed birthday party | Minimal organization and lots of running around is all you need for a fun kids birthday party. A photo gallery from alaskaknitnat.com

It was a miraculously clear, warm day and all five kids ran around and played for a couple of hours while all 15 adults (not sure how the math worked out on that one) chilled and drank mimosas.

A Grinch-themed birthday party | Minimal organization and lots of running around is all you need for a fun kids birthday party. A photo gallery from alaskaknitnat.com

A Grinch-themed birthday party | Minimal organization and lots of running around is all you need for a fun kids birthday party. A photo gallery from alaskaknitnat.com
Jack’s big gift this year was this “safe” trampoline. Also pictured: my mom drinking a mimosa.

We had a few stragglers who joined us for an after-party picnic on the lawn.

A Grinch-themed birthday party | Minimal organization and lots of running around is all you need for a fun kids birthday party. A photo gallery from alaskaknitnat.com

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2 thoughts on “Grinch-themed birthday party”

  1. What a fun birthday party. Your Grinches are full of spunk! Thanks for sharing and happy fourth birthday to your munchkin Jack.

  2. blgrin.yahoo.com

    I saw this about Birthday parties does any of these fit Brents Birthday? Love Mom

    On Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 3:05 PM, Alaska Knit Nat wrote:

    > alaskaknitnat posted: “Our son, Jack, turns 4 this week. Since his second > birthday we’ve let him choose his party theme. At 2 it was Pingu (please, > have a look at this adorable Swedish claymation penguin show), last year it > was the Lorax and when I asked him this year what he w” >

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