My son turned 8-years-old last month! For our family, 8 is a very special birthday, because that is when our children are old enough to be baptized in our church. For that reason, I do 8 year-old birthdays a little differently. I don’t throw a big friend party (like the robot, rocket, pirate, etc., parties I’ve done in the past) but focus instead on the baptism and the dinner for friends and family afterward. I’m excited to show you what we did for the baptism dinner in my next post! When my daughter was baptized a few years ago, her birthday and baptism were really close together, so her big rainbow celebration, covered it all. My son’s birthday, however, was early in the month and his baptism was at the end, so there was a need to mark the birthday in a few ways before then.
Last year was his camping birthday on a real camping trip. We went camping over Labor Day again with the same friends as last year, AND another six or seven families. Interestingly enough, there were three kids on the camping trip that were turning 8 within the following week (and another a couple of months later). So we didn’t want it to just be about him.
We sent them on a GPS hunt like last year, but this one included scriptures (it was on a Sunday) and treats for everyone. Bubbles, glowsticks, gum–things that could be split easily between 30 children. When they got back I had this display set up as the end of the hunt.
Hopefully your eyes can see that the two donuts stuck together on a skewer look like a number 8! I stuck the skewers in a log with a buch of holes that we found while setting up the hunt, and the rest of them on fun green polka-dotted plates from the dollar store. I made a quick sign out of a plate to help make it obvious that we were celebrating the number 8.
From the messy faces that followed, I would say they were a hit. These were just store-bought mini-donuts from Walmart. They made a repeat appearance when it was time to take treats to school the following week:
I have several posts on creative classroom treats. I’m always trying to some up with a unique way to bring in a meaningful treat, even though they can’t be homemade. Donuts have proven a fun way to play on the age of the birthday child. These would also make fun favors. For the school treats, I put two donuts in a plastic bag and stapled on a tag I designed that said: “8 is great! Thanks for helping me celebrate!”
And that might have been enough celebrating, until the baptism, but we had a birthday present or two to give him that didn’t have to do with the baptism, so we had a little family celebration the Sunday after his birthday. It was a pretty last-minute thing, so it was easy to do.
My 11-year-old, came up with a treasure hunt for her brother all.by.herself.! Hooray! I have a partner in my insanity and I can delegate more and more to her. She had a bunch of clues, and made him look up stuff he didn’t understand in the dictionary. She even wrapped the present in brown paper, to make it part of her “Top Secret” hunt.
Want to make a super easy cake for an 8-year-old? We were just going to whip up a quick cake for dessert and looked at the mixes available in the pantry. My son wanted red velvet. His dad wanted carrot cake. They both go great with cream cheese frosting, so we made them both, in the bundt cake pan, and frosted them side by side on a large wooden cutting board to make a number 8 cake!
Super simple! With eight colorful candles.
And one happy birthday boy!
I have heard your pleas, and I have finally been able to get the Printable tags up for your benefit! I am offering the tags as a thank you to my Facebook followers. You can access them here,
or if you do not have a Facebook account, you can email me for the file.
UPDATE: 5-3-13 Due to demand, I am no longer able to individually email the file to those who aren’t on Facebook. I am getting way behind on your requests, and feel bad that you guys are waiting on me. If you are having trouble getting the file, please make sure you are accessing it from a PC and not a mobile device (several have emailed me that the couldn’t get it from their tablets.) If you are not on Facebook, please ask a friend who is to get it for you. And please only share with friends who aren’t on Facebook. Thank you! And sorry I can’t be more help at this time.
I made two versions, one is the same one that you see in the photos above. The other is a more generic tag that just says “8 is great!” I was thinking that version would work better for LDS primaries and the other makes a great birthday party/classroom gift.