Cupcake kits via Meri Meri. These are such an easy and affordable ($12) way to build a little theme around a party without being over the top, plus the kids are going to love them. I adore the birds but Chickpea wants the kitties. There is also a pretty template for cupcake flags you can make yourself over at lovely designs.
Sidewalk chalk party favors via Mighty Girl. So brilliant, so affordable. I just bought a giant box at Target for $4. I'm mindful of not giving other kids crap that I wouldn't want in my house. Other ideas are play dough, bubbles, balls, seeds with pots, organic treats, art supplies, stickers....
Collaged birds on a stick via lovely designs. I love the idea of having a craft project for the kids to play with during a party, particularly when the weather can be unpredictable. These are so cute and again so easy, affordable and definitely special memento. I'm going to work something out here with my art supplies on hand, maybe paper kitties?
Crown tutorial via Curly Pops. I think I'm going to have to make a birthday crown like one of these that we can use over and over. there are a lot of tutorials on this and lots available at etsy. Maybe I'll use the same fabrics from the birthday bunting I made her last year which will also come out.
More fun ideas over at Martha Stewart for both indoor and outdoor kid parties. Ah, no licensed characters... thank you very much. I like the ideas over at Cookie Magazine too but they seem better for older kids. There is a darling flower themed birthday over at inchmark for all those spring girls. And the camellia pinata she re-made from a soccer ball pinata is very beautiful and resourceful.