Monday, May 17, 2010

Two Year Old Backpacks

Yesterday my Small Person turned 2.
We had a Ladybugs' Picnic at the local Botanic Gardens, inviting all his friends to wear black and red and join us near the really cool playground there.

I've been prepping like mad, and can now totally understand other parents' love for pay-n-play padded spaces and professionally catered events! I tried not to pressure myself too much (hence the low-key theme), figuring two year olds would just love the chance to run around and have fun, but the one thing I did pull out all the stops for were the party bags. I'm not super-comfortable with handing a group of very small people a bunch of sugar and chemicals to take home and smear all over their rooms, and I really wanted not to give away a heap of disposable plastic junk that would go into land-fill in no time at all.
Also, the food issue was especially important for me since not only does the birthday boy have some food sensitivity issues, but quite a few of his friends do, as well as having all-out allergies.

So instead of traditional party bags I found vegbee's toddler backpack over at her indietutes blog. It was the perfect size for our toddler invitees, and the perfect shape for bug bags!

Inside each bag was a bubble-blowing kit (so I didn't totally escape the cheap plastic - at least it's reusable), a red ribbon on a stick (made at home with chopsticks and lengths of ribbon from Spotlight) and two home-made lavender bath fizzies (with printed instructions designed by me).

Long story short the bags and contents were a bit of a hit - far more than my mediocre attempt at a birthday cake (thank goodness I have lots of years to perfect this art!) and now I have to go figure out my neglected Paypal account, to donate to vegbee.
And after all my stressing and work we all had a lovely time and quite a few of our guests decided to wear their new backpacks before they even got home.


  1. That is one gorgeous bit of crafting. I bet those guests still regularly use these bags to tote their stuff around on playdates and park outings, too.

  2. Have I really not read any blogs for this long?

    Anyway, that is absolutely amazing! Those small backpacks are awesome too. I've just managed to equip each of my kids with a small backpack they can carry their drinks, toys and spare undies (in the case of the 2yr old) in. Has made a significant difference to our lives. And if I'd been able to give them all lady bugs... well, no, actually, I'd still have given Elissa the weird green froggy thing because it's so cute, but the boys would totally have had lady bugs!

  3. Thanks tigtog! Only dwnside I see is that I've set a precedent now, for next birthday...

    I totally need to sew up a messenger bag for the Tiny Tyrant, Ariane. e's heavily into bags at the moemnt, and has taken to trying to tote overly large adult ones with him, when we go out.