October 11, 2010

Let's Skate!

If your little one's birthday falls within the winter months, you might be fretting over the thought of a house full of kids for their party... This winter, instead of inviting all of your child's friends to your home, invite them to the local skating rink for an ice skating party. Most rinks have spaces that are available for renting out, which means there is no mess in your home once the party is a wrap! Your child's friends will love twirling around on the ice and sipping hot chocolate as the birthday girl unwraps gifts.
Ice Skating Party

Dress the birthday girl in a pretty sweater to keep her warm on the ice. Be sure to let parents know that their children will need to wear sweaters or coats to the party -- J.Crew

When the skaters need a break, or while the birthday girl unwraps gifts, serve hot chocolate with snowflake-shaped marshmallows to party-goers -- Martha Stewart

If you have rented out a party space at the skating rink, decorate it with snowflakes made from pipe-cleaners -- Martha Stewart

These tiny skate charms make wonderful party favors. Have a basket full of ribbons in assorted colors for each child to choose along with their charm. Then, they can wear their favor home as a necklace! -- Etsy seller Andi624

Instead of a birthday cake, bake cupcakes and add cupcake toppers with cute ice skate designs -- Kake

This skate-shaped invitation is perfect for a skating party -- Invitation by Bert & Harry, available at FineStationery.com

Along with the birthday cupcakes, marshmallow pops make great sweet treats -- Hostess with the Mostess

Have several pairs of warm wool mittens on hand for cold little fingers -- J.Crew