We are not Brazilian. We didn't do the candy tables, the bouncy toys and the rented hall. But we did want to celebrate our wonderful kids, and do it our way. Beatrice loves butterflies, so we planned a "borboleta" butterfly for her.
I made invitations with cute little pastel butterflies on them, and sent them to school so her teacher could send them home in each child's agenda. This way the parents know they don't have to send a lanche (snack) to school with the kids, and they can bring a little present if they want. For some reason, I decided that we had to have her birthday on her actual birthday, even though it meant that I couldn't be there because I had to work. So essentially I planned and prepped everything, and Matt took it all to school, set it up and took the pictures. Beatrice's teacher asked us to bring healthy snacks, so we did. I cut up carrots, cucumbers and had cherry tomatoes. Then I made a nice fruit salad with strawberries, watermelon, grapes, mango and banana. I also cut up salami and cheese for crackers. And of course there were cupcakes, with butterflies I made from gumdrops. Very cute. I also made little gift bags with butterfly coloring pages, butterfly stickers, cheap plastic toys and a little candy. Simple, but I did all the work myself (so NOT Brazilian).
When Matt showed up with the snacks, the teachers were surprised. "Wow, this really is healthy!" I guess they say to the parents to bring healthy snacks, but the parents never really do. Of course, the kids did not even touch the veggies, and hardly ate any of the fruit. But they loved the cupcakes, they showered Bea with love, and the teachers did a great job of using the whole thing as a learning opportunity, teaching the kids to use their manners, to take turns, and to say "please" and "thank you." Happy Birthday Bea (two months late)!
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