Today my girls turn 7 and 9 years old! Just a few weeks ago we hosted our 6th joint birthday party celebration with a rock climbing birthday party! Here are some details about this fun party theme that certainly rocks!
In early years we hosted our mostly family birthday parties at home but since the kids have larger friend groups and our backyard has no pool for a late August birthday, we opted to start hosting them at outside locations. Last year was a bowling party and this year was rock climbing!
Another year, another printed paper invite! People rarely send them anymore but I still love them and whipped this one up for my girls. My favorite part is the back that includes each girl holding their fingers up showing how old they are turning.
For local friends, we highly recommend and had a great time at Rockville Climbing Center in Hamilton NJ. It’s a family run facility which was perfect for our group of 20. We were given 3 staff members to help belay the kids or teach them how to use the auto belay system. Everyone that attended tried out a few climbs, even if they were scared at first. This rock climbing party included 1.5 hours of climbing with 3 staff members, then 30 minutes in the party room.
When it comes to parties at outside locations, limited decorations are preferred. We only had the party room for 30 minutes so a simple photo garland featuring our yearly cake photo taking as a family.
You can learn more about that fun tradition of an ice cream cake with number candles here!
For birthday party favors, I try to include useful things parents will actually like for their kids. In these small favor bags, each child found a Play Pad activity book, fun pencil, fruit snacks, zipper bracelet and body charm gems that I had left over from a previous party shoot. I know the kids an parents alike will approve of the activity pad especially since it has plenty of pages of fun, perfect for a car ride of to play on the sidelines of a sports game.
Food and Drink
This year’s special dessert presented a bit of a challenge since our kitchen renovation was underway and we had no oven!
Luckily my friend Amy let me come over to bake the cupcakes in her oven and I decorated them at home. The theme was rock climbing so they included edible chocolate rocks on top, which was everyone’s favorite part! (PS I got this bigger bag at Hobby Lobby!)
Tip: I LOVE these Wilton Color Cup liners as they stay colorful even after baking and they don’t have a greasy bottom!
Birthday Parties of the Past