It’s A Creepy, Crawly 4th Birthday!

the party hats matched the invite perfect

Slither On Over! It’s B’s 4th birthday and I can’t believe my first baby is now a little boy! Like any boy, he’s all about bugs and frogs and snakes and dirt. When he’s not outside playing make-believe with his animal toys you’ll find him on our iPad or iPhone checking out his favorite show Monster Bug Wars. His love for all things icky screamed reptile theme so we decided to host it at the South Shore Natural Science Center.

No Girls Allowed! B only invited his boy classmates and a few close playgroup friends to enjoy a Saturday morning all about reptiles. And learn they did! I was impressed with the program and learned a thing or two myself. The Naturalist was wonderful and I was amazed at her ability to capture the typically short attention spans, but she did. For nearly an hour she had 10 little boys between the ages of 3 and 5 fully enthralled about snakes, turtles, frogs, and salamanders. She really engaged with them, too. Oh, how I wish I’d recorded some of the funny comments made by the boys. They were a hoot!

Reptile Rundown! The birthday room was a little small, but we made it work. I purposely chose food and decoration items that wouldn’t take a long time to set up and used the beautiful mural to my advantage. I originally planned on balloons – a must for birthdays in my opinion – but latex balloons are not allowed for allergy reasons. The mylar balloons I ordered spelled out B’s name but were too big and would have overpowered the space. Before the reptile lesson and while we waited for the boys to arrive, we played an old game with a modern twist: pin the tongue on the snake. I used the snake drawing on the invite and had it printed on a giant, laminated poster. The boys loved being blindfolded and spun around. After the boys ate their Python Pizza we played another modified old favorite: BENGO! I found a free BINGO website that you can customize with your own words. Because the boys are still too young to read, I found pictures online to symbolize each word.

Although I expected this to be an easy party to plan, surprisingly I couldn’t find any birthday planning sites with reptiles as a theme.  There are some wonderful sites like Spaceships & Laser Beams and Hostess with the Mostess that inspired me, but most party planning sites only offer ideas or products for bugs or insects so I had to get creative. I’m very happy with how it turned out. Overall the party was well-received by the guests (lots of compliments from the other parents) but especially the guest of honor. Sweet B said he loved it and thanked me for the best birthday party ever in the whole wide world! 

The pressure is on for next year!

quick and easy items to display and enjoy were on the menu

snake juice and fizzy frog water to quench everyone's thirst

the photo toppers for the cupcake stole the show (again!)

lizard dip was served in baby canning jars

an easy, healthy snack that fit perfect with the theme

a classic game with a modern, reptile twist

touching the python skin {oooh!}

the naturalist at the SSNSC talks to the boys

ready to party!

the mural at the SSNSC is the coolest part of the birthday room

plain burlap helped to dress up the table and the boys all enjoyed their custom placemat party favors - that matched the party hats, natch!

each boy took home a personalized placemat and a SSNSC cup

thank you lollipops decorated the centerpieces and added a pop of orange

the birthday boy and his bestie

the party is in full swing

a new take on the classic game of BINGO for the boys

smile and say 'creepy crawly!'

Invitation: Olliegraphic via Sarah + Abraham
Venue: South Shore Natural Science Center
Cupcakes
White’s Cafe & Pastry Shop
Cupcake Toppers: Bug & Boo Designs
Party Hats: Bayou Moon
Activities:
 Pin the Tongue on the Snake & BENGO
Created by me via Swift Publisher & printed by Staples
Favors: Personalized Placemats
Created by me via Swift Publisher & printed by Staples
Decor: Houseplants by Lowe’s & Burlap tablecloth from Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft
Lollipops & Stickers: The Fresh Market & Olliegraphic via Sarah + Abraham
Menu: Python Pizza, Turtle Treats (chicken nuggets), Snake Cakes (cupcakes), Alligator Eggs (green grapes), Lizard Dip (carrots & green pepper w/ranch dressing)


iTunes Playlist: Birthday (Kings of Leon), Pumped Up Kicks (Foster the People) Syprtle the Turtle (SteveSongs) Crocodile Rock (Elton John), Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog (Three Dog Night), Reptile (Eric Clapton), Salamander (Jethro Tull), It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green (Rex Hobart & The Misery Boys), Alligator (Grateful Dead), Union of the Snake (Duran Duran)

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9 thoughts on “It’s A Creepy, Crawly 4th Birthday!

  1. Your ideas are all so cool and VERY adorable! I love it:)

  2. Betty McGilvray says:

    Creativity reigns supreme in Hingham, MA. Thanks for sharing. I’ve forwarded it to a few friends who have children tooooo old for this but may have grands some day. love, aunt betty

  3. Danielle says:

    Very cool ideas! Love you placemats.

  4. Chris says:

    Thanks for a great write up about the SSNSC’s Birthday Room. Hope you don’t mind that you made it to the Science Center’s FB Page – http://www.facebook.com/ssnsc and a few other mom pages. The room looked great when I quickly walked by on Saturday…On a side note – I recognized a few Southern Living at Home/Willow House pieces. Don’t you just love the Savannah Beverage Server!

    • Thank you, Chris! I’m flattered! The SSNSC is a great venue/theme choice, and we’re thrilled to be members now, too. Thank you for sharing it on the FB page 🙂 And I love my beverage server. It’s so versatile!

  5. […] get really creative with the menu to get my boy to eat! So although he’s been on a bit of a bug/reptile kick of late, he always comes back to his first love: […]

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