Adoption Party Ideas

Jun 30

Last week I received an email from a reader, Mattie, who is helping her friends plan an adoption party in celebration of the adoption of their two daughters, age eight and ten. Mattie writes –

“I’m emailing to see if you or your readers have any inspiring ideas for an adoption party? My friends are finalizing their girls’ adoption at the end of July and are throwing them a huge party. We are trying to come up with something witty that has to do with joining the family, making the family bigger, etc. Or anything that would be cute and creative. She isn’t looking for anything too “themey” like luaus or princesses. The girls are 8 and 10. Thank you!”

When Mattie wrote me, I immediately starting thinking of ideas. I love the idea of a big huge party to celebrate a new family and right away thought that a thumbprint family tree guest book could be perfect. All of their family and friends could ink up their thumb and “sign” the tree. The print could later be hung up in a prominent spot in their home to remind them that family is more than skin deep.
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family-tree-guest-book-idea{Photos by Jason and Anna Photography via Style Me Pretty.}

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{Photo by Jonas Peterson via Inspired Goodness via .C is for Charmed.}

Because the girls have been with their new mom and dad for a couple of years now, I love the idea of a family photo line showcasing photos of favorite moments and special occasions they’ve shared together.
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family-photo-line-adoption-party-ideas{Photos by Piknik Studios via Weddingbee.}

photo-clothesline-party-ideas{Photo by Jenny Jimenez via The Bride’s Cafe.}
wedding-photo-clothesline-adoption-party-ideas{Photo via The Knot.}

Borrowed from a common tradition in wedding ceremonies, I think a sand ceremony is equally as appropriate for an adoption celebration. Because, really, isn’t an adoption just as much about the merging of lives into one family as a wedding? They might also consider asking a close friend or minister to say a short blessing or make a special toast as a way of reflecting on the occasion. Another great idea would be to plant a tree together as a family to symbolize their unity and growing together.
unity-sand-ceremony-tree-planting{Photo by Micah Dahlberg Photography via Polka Dot Bride.}

kids-planting-a-tree{Photo via Tree Appeal.}

Finally, I think celebrating each daughter, the things they love and what makes them unique is a great idea.  If they love strawberry or chocolate, board games or soccer, puppy dogs or horses, find ways to include details that reflect them both. Interactive activities like candy buffets, crafts or team games like tug of war or badminton make a party memorable and keep guests talking about it for a long time to come.
sweet-candy-bar-buffet{Photo by John Rozier.}

vintage-coloring-books-birthday-party-paper-dolls-580x386{Photo by Jeremy Harwell from Vintage Puppy Themed Birthday Party.}

Mattie would love to know what you think, too. Do you have any great ideas for an adoption party? Please share!