Saturday, December 1, 2012

Yoga Birthday Bash

 All the beautiful photos in this post were taken by Memories by Erin Leigh
I have a little yogi in my family.  My now 7 year old, absolutely loves going to yoga class and I love the physical benefits and the calm focus it brings her.  She was especially excited to share it with her friends at her yoga birthday party.
I designed a set of yoga flashcards for the invitation and the poster above that welcomed guests. 
We rented a dance studio at a local community center.  It was the perfect space for all the kiddos to stretch out and the parents got to watch the entertainment class from a bench along the wall.
The party started off with a yogurt bar.  The kids scooped yogurt and chose granola, blueberries, strawberries, honey straws, and sprinkle toppings to make their own yogurt parfaits.  
tutorial to come on the string art backdrop I made!
Honey straws from Peace Blossom Candles 
After everyone had their snack, it was time to bend, stretch, and twist!  The yoga instructor lead them through the yoga poses by telling stories and having the kids act out animal characters.  The kids had so much fun making fish faces, pouncing like cats, sitting like flowers, rocking their foot "babies" to sleep and the parents had just as much fun watching. 
yoga instructor from Kidding Around Yoga 
The parents enjoyed a treat of their own during class, Thai flower cookies.

We took a little break part way through class for a craft.  They decorated talking sticks with pipe cleaners, feathers, and beads; one of their own and they each contributed something to one they made collectively.  All the children sat in a circle and the birthday girl in the center.  They passed the talking stick around the circle and each took a turn saying something they liked about the birthday girl. 
 Elle's lotus top made by Ahpeele
The class wrapped up with meditation time and relaxation.  I don't think I've ever seen my 7 year old lay so still for so long unless she was asleep.
It wouldn't be a birthday party without cake... yummy cupcakes with yoga pose fondant toppers to be exact.
 Fondant toppers made by Two Suger Babies
All the happy yogis went home with their yoga mat, tied up with a ribbon carrying strap (tutorial to come!), and personalized water bottle.
It was so much fun for Elle to share the enjoyment she gets out of yoga with her friends and I'm happy to get to share the fun of planning this party with you! Namaste.  

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