I try to alternate years between big parties and low key parties. It helps reduce trying to out do the last party with a bigger and better one. My girls can then focus in on who their best buds are and really think about who they are closest to.
A Pizza Party Birthday
While I've done stamped and other types of custom cards in the past, a favorite of my crew is to make photo card invites. JuneBug had fun dressing up for the picture and we made up a poem together and ordered them online. Since we'd decided on a pizza theme, she wore a chef's hat and apron and held a bowl and spoon in front of our red kitchen wall (pizza theme just screams red to me... tomato sauce maybe?).
A few years back I stopped trying to organize too many party games since the kids seem to just want to play together, so we sent them all down the basement to play while the pizzas baked. Note to self: there needs to be a plan or system for remembering which child made which pizza...
Instead of a cake we made pizza cookies, yumm-o. What's a pizza cookie? I thought you'd never ask!
I made large sugar cookies, topped with pink frosting (too much red food coloring makes it taste funny and JuneBug likes pink, go with it). Topping time! For the real pizzas I made little signs on Popsicle sticks to label everything. At first I had great ideas of all types of candies to look like the real toppings but came down to m&ms... why, well, do you know a kid who doesn't like m&ms? I didn't think so. We sorted the m&ms by color and then used the same type of signs. The part of cheese was played by coconut.
Green - green peppers
yellow - onions or pineapple
red - pepperoni
brown - sausage
orange - ham
blue - I don't remember what the blue ones were... if they still had the old original colors with the two shades of brown it probably would have been easier. I did consider getting the bags of individual colors but didn't think the cost difference was worth it. The blue ones were gone first since they all thought it was funny to have blue food on their pizzas (again, go with it).
Peace be with you,
PS - I'll be linking up to several of these parties!