Lately I've been tending to go pretty low-key for my kids' birthday parties. Like I said in my other party post, I usually have to do everything solo, so I don't want to wear myself out so much in preparation that I can't enjoy the moment during the party itself.
For my daughter's birthday last year, which was our first year in a small apartment since moving from the house out of state, I decided to have two different gatherings; one for family and one for friends her age. I decided to just go with colors instead of worrying about a theme, which ended up saving me a lot of time.
I had a few decorations including the über trendy tissue paper pouf thingys (which I totally love).
For the kids gathering I just had a few snacks for them, pretty-fied water bottles and whole wheat carrot cake cupcakes (which were heavenly, if I do say so myself). I dyed paper doilies and cut them out with a cupcake liner template.
For an activity, besides just playing with the toys in my kids' room (which seems to be what they want to do the most), the kids made macaroni necklaces with pasta that I had dyed different colors.
And finally, as part of the goodie bags I sent them away with some homemade playdough.
Simple, yet the kids enjoyed it, so I consider it another success. :)