10 November 2013

Mila's 7th Birthday Bush Party

My two girls were recently invited to an amazing Bush Birthday Party for our friend Mila's 7th birthday. It was a great reminder that parties don't have to be just face-painting-fairy-superhero extravaganzas.

Party: Mila's 7th Bush Birthday Party
Organised by: Mila's Mum Kate
LocationKu-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, St Ives, NSW
Theme: Excursion party


We all met at Mila's house where the kids headed off on an excursion to the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. I took five little passengers with me in my lovely borrowed Ford Territory Titanium (as part of the Kidspot Voices of 2013 program) - plenty of seating! We played 'Spotto' the whole way to the National Park - I've still got "JACARANDAAAAA!!!" ringing in my ears.

Bushwalk: After arriving at the National Park, Ranger Dennis took the kids to a small pond to meet Todd the Turtle, then on a bushwalk to spot wildflowers and look for bush 'fairies'.

Craft: Back near the picnic shelter Ranger Dennis set up a clay craft activity for the kids to create their own bush creatures. They all loved it to bits.

Kate kept the food and decorations under the picnic shelter simple and used a palette of mint, white and red to give the party a cohesive look. All Kate's tips and advice below:

Invitation: Made by Kate.

Cake: Made by Kate. Double layer butter cake with jam and cream, topped with frosting and edible butterflies.

Party food: Fruit cups topped with whipped cream, caramel popcorn, chocolate wafer straws, barbequed sausages on sourdough rolls, chips, and grissini sticks with hummous.

Decorations: Mint honeycomb ball, white tissue paper poms and red fan decorations, mint striped cups, pear IKEA napkins, and the beautiful bush of the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. We set up at the Dampiers Clearing Picnic Area which was reserved for the party. Mila was thrilled to see her party and name written on the entrance board to the National Park as we arrived!

Tips: Simple is good and the idea is king. Don't worry too much about the execution and don't stress too much about preparation - if you can't do it in a day then it's probably not necessary for the party (and the kids aren't likely to notice!).

Something special: Mila loved that all her friends went on an excursion and got to ride together in the VW bus and the Ford Territory Titanium.

Thank you so much Kate for sharing Mila's very Aussie birthday party with us. If you are interested in hosting a Bush Birthday Party at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, head to the website where all the options are available including lots of great themes: Bush Detectives, Bush Fairies and Dragons, Dinosaur Ancestors, Little Green Fingers, Minibeast Madness, and Wicked Wildflower Night Walk.

Images: Steph Bond-Hutkin | Bondville

1 comment:

  1. Look at those cute clay creations! I *love* this party so much. Not over-styled, over-themed, over-catered, over the top like so many kid's parties are now. Just good old fashioned fun and simple yummy food. I'm sure the kids had a ball... and so much less stressful for the mum too.

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