Lil Sprout’s 8th Birthday – Let’s Make Faces


Every colour?!? But yellow was highlighted (pun not intended) a little more than the rest.


Away from home this year at 4Cats Beaches! In past years, it was a celebration for everyone – my daughter, her friends, their siblings, and their parents. This year, we went for a smaller group where the friends could be dropped off and the parents had the freedom to do as they liked.


Our time at 4Cats began at 2:30, between lunch and dinner – so snacks were in order:

  • Cheese & Crackers
  • Vegetable Tray
  • Fruit

We were in a time crunch and were so glad that we could grab the prepared trays of fruit and vegetables from Metro. Earlier in the week, I also bought cheese sticks – because everyone loves a good cheese stick – and a couple boxes of crackers.

Let's Make Faces - Cake | | #4cats #emoji #besties #birthday #party #cake

Cake? Of course! And Cookies Too!

I always trust Tianna of Coco Cake Co to design a cake. I provide her with the theme, colours, and an inspiration picture … “et voila!” … a delicious masterpiece.

Each child took an emoji cookie home and got to enjoy a mini from the cake. Ahem, the smiling devil is mine.


Let's Make Faces - Decorations | | #4cats #emoji #bestie #birthday #party #decorations


Simple since the studio is already decorated beautifully.

  • rainbow table cloth from a previous party … it even had paint on it!
  • emoji decorated cups to hold yellow cutlery from Dollarama
  • emoji paper plates and napkins from Dollarama

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This was a ‘My Besties Party‘ where each child got to create a 3D personalized clay mini-me figurine. They made two each – one for them to keep (mounted on a 3″x5″ panel) and the other for the birthday girl. The final group masterpiece that the birthday girl keeps is mounted onto a 8×16 frame.

Let's Make Faces - Goody Bag | | #4cats #emoji #bestie #birthday #party #goodie #bags


Loot Bags:

I checked the local dollar stores but nothing seemed useful. So we ended up going with:

  • Pencil, sharpener, and notepad from Party City
  • Emoji Cookie created by Coco Cake Co.

4Cats also provided a little loot bag (oops … I didn’t know!) with molding clay and stickers.



LOW – A few close friends were missing and I know the birthday girl will be sad that they are not on the final masterpiece.

HIGH – Everyone loved the activity and were super-focused on their personal creations. The staff member Jess was patient and great with the kids. I would book a party with them again in a heartbeat.


Other things we might have tried:

  • Creating an emoji mask from cardstock
  • Making a drawing of the 3D creation to take home. It takes a few days for the creations to set/harden so friends can’t take them home straight away.
  • Check out my Pinterest board for other ideas!


Looking for other birthday party ideas?!?

7th Birthday – Butterfly Garden
6th Birthday – Science
5th Birthday – Carnival
4th Birthday – Teddy Bears’ Picnic
3rd Birthday – Jungle Junction
2nd Birthday – Animal Party
1st Birthday – Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

What would you have added to our Let’s Make Faces party? Themed food? Different crafts? Comment below or SPROUT a conversation on Twitter – @sproutbalance – or Facebook!

Looking for some ideas on recipes, organization or things to do with your Lil Sprout? Come check out my Pinterest page and the things that inspire me to become more balanced.


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