Mr. Bear’s Birthday Party

Find something to celebrate with your kids, just for fun. -- Often Charming

Birthdays are a big deal when you’re five years old. Really. The nicest thing you can say to someone is that they’re invited to your birthday party, and, in turn, the meanest thing you can say is that they can’t come.

Shortly after Lark’s last birthday party, she asked me when Mr. Bear’s birthday was. (Mr. Bear is her very special lovey and basically the Most Important Bear in the whole world.) I explained to her that it is in August, because that was when he moved into the crib with her.

“How old is he?” she asked.

“He’ll be five, like you.” I said.

“Can we have a party for him? A bear party?” she asked.

Naturally, being Lark’s best buddy and general Head Bear in the house, it only seemed right to have a party for him. The 5th birthday is a milestone, after all. So we did.

Well, truthfully, it was just a bit of a fancy playdate. We invited three of our close friends (who happen to be immediate neighbors) over to play and eat snacks. The parents toasted Mr. B’s health with some wine, as well.

Julia Child famously said, “A party without cake is just a meeting.” I’ve always loved that idea. So of course, even a birthday party for a bear has to have cake. Cupcakes, in this case. I didn’t make them myself, but Lark and I did make some special cupcake toppers for them, using my Cricut and some of our favorite pictures of her with the birthday bear.

Make your own cupcake toppers with photos of the guest of honor. -- Often Charming

We also made a little banner for him. And some tiny party hats, for the bears that attended. But that’s absolutely it, I swear.

What's a party without hats? -- Often Charming

I rate the banner and hats a close second in the Silliest-Things-I-Have-Ever-Made-for-Anyone race. The winner is a pair of bright pink, 80’s-style leg warmers that I knit for a german shepherd’s Halloween costume.

But that’s another story.

I hope you find an excuse to celebrate something today.


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