Picking a theme and intertwining it throughout a party, from the invitations to the snacks, is a great way to throw a memorable birthday celebration. At the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, there's no shortage of inspiration.
Children celebrating "B'Earthdays" at the Nature Center can tap into their sense of adventure with activities that include following hints to find hidden gems in a forest, looking for fairy-sprinkled clues to discover the butterfly lifecycle or practicing survival skills by building stick forts.
Katrina Heinzen, environmental educator, says parents often creatively carry the theme throughout the party, recalling one mom who took the "Creepy Crawly Critters" theme to an entirely new level. “Everything looked like a different kind of bug, so you had different bugs on the cupcakes and the cookies, and even the hors d’oeuvres were caterpillars made out of grapes on skewers,” she says. “She thought of everything.”
Added bonus: Throw a party without any plastic waste and get a $25 rebate.
2600 S. Park Blvd., Cleveland, 216-321-5935, shakerlakes.org