Our birthday festivities are over (still clean up to do out back though) and I'll share what we did for our homemade eco-friendly pinata other than the felted wool balls that I already mentioned.
Other than these organic lollipops, we did a mostly toy piñata. The NaturalCandyStore.com is a great source for organic & natural candy.
These mini play clay samples were also well received. They are scented in unusual scents like lemongrass, cardamom and lavender with real essential oils. We love them! You could alternatively get some tiny containers and make your own if you are so inclined. I'm so in love with the texture and scent of these I'm taking a break from making my own.
Other things we included that I don't have photos of that I found in local craft stores: bouncy balls, mini-watercolor pan sets, erasers, crayons and tiny bubble jars.
We glued some leaf cut outs to small kraft gift bags for the the kids to collect their loot in.
Party decorations! Most everything we used was handmade or from our yard. He wanted an "autumn theme" this year so it was lovely. Except the part that it was 108 degrees on party day. Didn't feel like autumn, that is for sure.
Did I mention the boy asked for pumpkin pie in lieu of cake this year? It was my tradition when I was a child, I never had cake - always pumpkin pie for my October birthday. Remember the cake fiasco last year? I was relieved when he suggested pie this year, and pumpkin at that. No suggestion from me even. Not that it didn't come with its own problems. We accidentally made a double batch. So instead of three pies we wound up with SIX. Oops! Pie anyone?
It was the perfect way to celebrate my eldest autumn boy. Pumpkins, acorns, friends, family and food outdoors.
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