Birthday cake, decorations, and gifts are only part of a successful birthday party -- planned activities are essential for keeping the children entertained. Making scrapbooks is a party project idea that works for children of all ages, and isn't strictly for girls.
It may be too soon for boughs of holly, but now is just the moment for a crisp-as-fall wreath made with artfully layered dried cornhusks. We hung ours over an antique mirror using golden satin ribbon, secured at the top with tacks Small gourds, interspersed with candles and berries, complete the display.
A cloth bag makes a natural canvas for young artists. This iron-on design spurs their self-expression, with its coloring book-style outlines and the start of a sweet sentiment: "Mom, I love you because..."