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When your 6 year old wants a Hamilton themed birthday party….

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six year old kids hamilton birthday party Who is ready to party like it’s 1776?  My six year old.
Hamilton Birthday Party

hamilton birthday party inviteWe have a new six year old in the house.  We went through several different birthday party themes.  I suggested Moana, Paw Patrol, Wonder Woman, they all got shot down.  Little Miss C made her musical theater loving Mama the proudest when she said she wanted a Hamilton Birthday Party.  We have been planning a Hamilton themed birthday party for our 6 year old for months and we are kind of in love with how it turned out.

hamilkids birthday party

I should back up and remind you all that six years ago this little one limped into the world with a lot of challenges, but also tenacity that this world had never known before her.

nicu strong baby

She is a spit fire who has never really had anything handed to her.  She has had to work twice as hard at just about everything since day one.  Sounds like a certain Founding Father without a Father – amirite?  One thing she has struggled with is speech. She would often sit silent rather than frustrate herself with anything more than very simple sentences.

We found that music helped pull her out of her shell from very early on.  But as most Hamilton fans can identify with, she was extremely motivated by Hamilton lyrics.  Rap, ballads, show tunes, they were all her favorites.  She would ask us to put on Hamilton every time we would get in the car. She wanted to watch Hamilton videos on YouTube.  She considers Lin-Manuel my friend because I met him that one time. Who am I to say she is wrong there? She can bust out a mean “Guns and Ships”, and seriously, can you get over this rendition of “Dear Theodosia.”?

You cannot.

Up until age five she would tell you she would be a “Fire Fighter Mommy” when she grew up.  Now she is going to be “Hamilton on the stage”.  She says she will sing the songs and fight the fights and do the dancing.  When I ask if she would perhaps play Angelica or Eliza.  “Nope, I will be Hamilton, just a girl that plays Hamilton, I think that is OK.” Tell me that isn’t the mostly Hamilton-y message she ever could have received. All that to say, this party was a labor of love for us.

Hamilton Birthday Party Ideas

hamilton playbill cupcake toppersTiny Hamilton birthday party Playbill Cupcake Toppers we made ourselves.
Should I make a Printable? Let me know!

Admittedly, most of the guests had no idea what was going on. This honestly made it all the more amusing for Harry and I.

 

King George welcomed our guests.

awesome wow

Music is easy – the Hamilton Soundtrack is an obvious choice. We were in a bit of a tricky spot because most of our guests were six year olds and their parents that didn’t know what this weird party was all about.  Thankfully we were able to purchase Hamilton Instrumental to play. Our coolest guests were able to sing along during our Hamilton birthday party when they wanted, but we also didn’t have to try to explain “Say no to this” to anybody.

hamilton characters for birthday partiesOwning. All. Of. It.

Costumed Characters had to make an appearance of course!  Because our whole family is into Hamilton, the big kids were more than happy to play Alexander and Eliza Hamilton for the party. This was a fun addition to the festivities and we have our history nerd’s Halloween costumes already taken care of.  We made simple Hamilton Lyric signs for friends to take pictures and get in on the fun!

guests hamilton partyThis kid was all “I do not know what is going on here, but I wore my swim trunks because I heard there would be a water gun duel and I am ready!”

workThese two sang “Burn” for guests pretty much on repeat the whole party. You are welcome, guests.

hamilton party signsMore friends that don’t understand our eccentric ways, but are ready for water play!

 

eliza

Don’t want to do costumes? How about Hamilton themed t-shirts?  There were so many to choose from!  Our littlest wore “Young, Scrappy, & Hungry” – duh!  For Harry “No one has more resilience or matches my practical, tactical brilliance.”  and for Mommy “I am inimitable, I am an original”

hamilton shirts

Food – easy!  All American 4th of July style BBQ fits the bill.

We served A. Ham – Burr -gers with all the fixins. There were also hot dogs, but those weren’t themed so not really even worth mentioning.

ham burr gers hamilton foodOK, we need to stop and focus on how cool this picture is.  First – kuddos to the dad who wore an American Flag shirt. Ten points for honoring the theme. Second, if you look closely you can see my special secret.  I stretched my budget and theme on an expert level. Hamilton birthday party colors are gold and black.  Guess what else is gold and black? Graduation stuff.  I was at Target the first week of July and guess what was on sale – graduation stuff.  I am nothing if not resourceful and frugal.

See those gold and black polka dot plates with smaller black plate strategically placed on top?  Those polka dot plates say “Congrats Grad!” in this middle. Did that detour me from using them? Nope.  Hilarious.

black and gold plates

These Hamilton birthday party signs are a must…..  Make sure to serve buns, and chips, and several different dips.

weve got buns

and chips….. and chips

guns and ships party foodHer 11 year old sister (who will be playing the role of Eliza in this blog post) made the signs.  Our family is fun.

Also, we all know that not every pink, blue, and yellow thing is a Schuyler sister reference, but this blueberry, strawberry, and banana fruit salad totally was!

schuyler sister salad hamilton party food

As much as I wanted to make a Schuyler sister cake, the birthday girl only had eyes for Alexander.  Our standard birthday party cupcakes are vanilla box cake mix, mediocre frosting, and a little cupcake topper we make out of card stock and taped to a toothpick.  Nobody is trying to get a seat at the table of Cupcake Wars here, but I think they are pretty cute!

Easy DIY Hamilton Cupcakes

We don’t like to over complicate birthday parties. Kids are always excited to play in someone else’s backyard. Once guests had come in and taken a photo with our Alex and Eliza it was basically just a free for all play date. Our one exception was our dueling ground.  After lunch and cupcakes we told the kids there would be a duel. Brightly colored water pistols instead of something that looked real, obviously.

everything is legal in new jersey “New Jersey – Everything is legal here” in the corner of the yard for our dueling ground.

Again, the “We totally get the jokes” to the “What is going on here” ratio was really not anywhere near even.  Look at that happy 6 year old Hamilkid though ….

kids hamilton birthday

The big kids sang the Ten Duel Commandments as we gathered our friends and handed them a brightly colored pistol.  And because historical accuracy is important we made them line up back to back and take ten paces.

kids duel hamilton party

As duels often do, this one got out of hand.

water-gun-duel

I’m not a huge fan of plastic goody bags filled with 15 different things that mom can’t wait to toss as soon as the kids turn their heads.  We thought it was fun to send kids home with their water gun from the duel and a little hand held American Flag.

hamilkids party six year old party

Happiest of Birthdays to our little Miss.  We pray that we lay a strong enough foundation and we have no doubt that one day you will blow us all away.

Hamilton Family Birthday Party

To all of Little Miss C’s loved ones that were able to attend our party, thank you so much for coming.  This was the party of her dreams, not just because of the Hamilton theme, but also because all of you were there!

Where are my nerds at? Don’t forget to pin it! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/237846424053374358/six year old kids hamilton themed birthday party

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31 Responses
  1. Kristin Yorman says:

    This party idea looks like so much fun! Well done guys!

  2. Holly E. says:

    You guys nailed it! Hamilton is a favorite here in our home of musical theater aspiring actors.

  3. Jenn Park says:

    I love this idea! It’s so awesome to see something that is not as common as character themed parties, you know?! Btw, seeing your sweet kiddos in my newsfeed is always a welcomed bright spot in my day!

  4. That water gun fight looks like so much fun. It’s so hot here right now I would love to join them. Good for her for wanting to play Hamilton – shoot for the stars!

  5. This is the cutest thing ever! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a child that young who was in to Hamilton. I love the outfits.

  6. She’s so talented on the piano! She looks like she and everyone that was there had a really good time! You’re an awesome mom for giving her her party.

  7. Awee what a little fighter! She is beautiful! My daughter was a preemie and has health issues big time. I know the struggles of a mother!
    What a genius she is! How many 6-year-olds want a Hamilton party!?

  8. Jeni says:

    Your six year old is the coolest kid on the planet. Imagine the bragging rights for years to come as NO ONE has a Hamilton party, especially not at 6 years old. Happy belated birthday to her. You must be doing something right as parents, because this is awesome!

  9. What a super fun theme for a party! The kids look so happy and they’re so adorable too! I love the details and everything’s just so awesome!

  10. sara says:

    This is the cutest party ever! I love that your 6 year old is in love with Hamilton. You took this theme and personalized it perfectly.

  11. Dogvills says:

    What a cute theme for a party. Not so typical for a six year old. Belated Happy Birthday to her.

  12. I hope that she had a great birthday party. This is a cool theme and you did a great job with the decorations. 🙂

  13. You did such a great job for her! She deserves it.

  14. Stacey says:

    Love this! I’m a speech and debate coach, and our speech tournament was Hamilton themed last year. Our shirts said, “I am not throwing away my shot.”

  15. kim says:

    Such a cool idea for a birthday and I’m loving that your daughter wanted something so special. thanks for sharing all of the fun details that went into making this party a success!!

  16. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    I absolutely LOVE this. What a precious girl and great birthday party idea. I am looking forward to Hamilton coming to our area soon.

  17. Kiwi says:

    Now this is an innovative kiddie themed party! Wow Hamilton for a birthday party that is too cute.

  18. Gabriel Bregg says:

    That’s pretty awesome. I’m really hopefully the success of this play helps spurn people to learn more about what the founders ACTUALLY believed, rather than just what people SAY they did.

    • kate says:

      agreed! and the play still has some historical inaccuracies – but we have learned so much because of it – so I think it is a great conversation starter if nothing else.

  19. Misty nelson dawn says:

    Wow. What a cool idea for my niece birthday we’re planning about the themes and the dress. Glad you share this

  20. Megan says:

    Awesome ideas, how cute! My son is turning 7 in September, and has requested a Hamilton party. I guess I hadn’t paid enough attention to the playbill colors of gold and black, and got a lot of patriotic red, white, and blue items on sale after the 4th of July. I love your cupcake toppers!! You mentioned a printable, do you have one?

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  22. Dandi D says:

    Birthday parties are so fun and it looks like you did a great job!

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