Bouncy Party

Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 21 2006

Sometimes it's okay to play ball in the house.

Decor & Activities
Clear out a room and fill it with orbs of all sizes (bigger than a golf ball to avoid choking hazards), then let toddlers at 'em.

Make dot decorations by placing balls in glass cylinders and paper spheres from a party-supply store. Cellophane bags of balls, sealed with dotted paper and round tags, are for guests to take home.

Invites
Gather your child's "circle" of friends with an invitation in the round. We printed details onto store-bought circular cards made for ink-jet printers, affixed stripes with glue (use the edge of a bowl as a template), and joined them with paper fasteners.

Bouncy Party Food
A cake decorated with lively details fits the theme. We piped a two-layer cake (make your favorite recipe or use ours) with red, blue, and yellow buttercream balls using a plain round tip. Before piping arcs, sketch lines in the frosting with a toothpick.

Bouncing Ball Cake

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