For the first two years of their lives my twins Zeke & Gideon had a big birthday bash with their sister (who shares a birth month with her little brothers.) The first year we had a three-ring circus with jugglers and popcorn (hello, three kids aged 5 and under – can you imagine a better theme?) and last year we threw a big super hero shindig.

But I wanted to keep it simple. (I might tend to go a bit overboard. So, I hear.) I wanted one craft. A fun game. Simple food. And easy décor.This year however, big sister wanted an American Girl party so we parted ways. And in all honesty, I wasn’t even going to throw the boys a party. But then mommy guilt took over and I decided to put together a small bash for the boys and a handful of their friends.

I wanted a theme that was fun, something they could relate to, and was a shift from the usual boy party (pirates, trains, etc.) So, after much deliberation and Pinterest-hunting I decided: numbers and letters birthday celebration.

But I wanted to keep it simple. (I might tend to go a bit overboard. So, I hear.)

I wanted one craft. A fun game. Simple food. And easy décor.

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The craft was easy. I picked up wooden letters at a craft shop, along with some paint and we let them at it.

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It was the perfect craft for our wide range of ages (from baby to kid.)

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We also blew up 26 balloons and put a letter of the alphabet on each one. Not only did it make it feel like a party, but the older kids loved searching for letters (find the “b” for birthday) and the younger kids loved hunting down the different colors.

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For food I just served pizza with fruit and veggies and hummus. It’s easy to make the # sign with red and yellow peppers. The best part was dessert. Our original lunch (schedule for the boy’s actual birthday) got postponed due to a snowstorm. But I already had this amazing “3” cake from my friend Erica. So we ate it with friends the night of the boy’s snowy birthday.

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Two days later I made simple Funfetti cupcakes and used “letter” and “number” candles that I picked up from a local Party City.

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For décor, I had my (amazing, talented) nanny decorate our chalk door using chalk markers. It was the ABC’s of Z&G.

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I also bought lots of mini wooden letters and numbers to sprinkle on the table. And I filled little takeout boxes with Trader Joe’s school house cookies and used them to decorate and as small edible favors (the best kind of favor in my opinion!)

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The theme could have kept on going: use silicone alphabet molds to make crayons for each kid, have an ABC treasure hunt, and read this book.

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And even though I kind of threw everything together at the last minute, it turned into one of my most favorite theme parties we’ve ever done.

Numbers and Letters Birthday Celebration - (cool) progeny