“So, what kind of birthday party do you think you’d like?” It was a quick question, thrown out as I walked to the bus stop with my then six-year old daughter. She thought. We walked. She thought some more. A few steps before the corner she turned, thumbs hooked into her backpack straps, and declared, “A Petoskey party.”
A Petoskey party, my friends. I’ll wait while you look it up.
It’s such a blessing to have quirky kids – kids who investigate, dive in with gusto, and live fully convinced that every friend shares their same passions. Their enthusiasm for the most random things gives life a glow that I’m sure I’d otherwise miss if it weren’t there. For my daughter and many other youngsters, one of those passions is geology. To be more specific - or rather, I guess, more vague – the passion is for straight up ROCKS. You know, the kind that line their pockets and roll around in your washing machine on a regular basis. And on this day for my burgeoning rockhound, it was Petoskey stones!
“Where”, I thought, “can I go with this?” My daughter was so convinced that this was an awesome idea, but I initially had some doubts. However, I’m not one to back down from an obscure party theme – mostly because when I can pull it off it fills my kiddo’s bucket to overflowing.
Keying into interests can be so rewarding when it comes to celebrating milestones. Honestly, my favorite celebrations (as an organizer and as a guest) are those when things just feel so in tune with the person being celebrated. That outdoorsy couple who have custom trail mix as their wedding favor? Check. Grandparents celebrating a 50th anniversary surrounded by pictures of all their wonderful accomplishments together? Yes, please! My four-year-old and all things dinosaur? As if that one wasn’t obvious. And sure, kids are notorious for giving us a run for our money when it comes to attainable party ideas, but why not shoot for the moon when they give us so much to work with!
3 TIPS FOR KEYING IN ON INTERESTS AND TURNING THEM INTO THEMES
For the next few days I tumbled ideas around (see what I did there? 😉) in my head. Petoskey stones. Rocks. Gems. Minerals. Mines. Digging. Ohhhhhhh…here we go!
It started to come into frame in my mind, but I knew I’d need some help sourcing any items I didn’t plan to build or make myself. I reached out to Confetti Betti with my ideas and asked if they’d help create a custom party box. They were, of course, happy to help.
Our custom box included:
In addition to the custom box, we bought or created a few other theme-related things:
All in all, we made our little gemologist’s day by listening and leaning into her favorite things. We had so many compliments on the party and theme, to which I replied, “Of quartz! It was a gem of a day celebrating our rockin’ seven-year-old!” Too much?! No way. 😊
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