Barbie Birthday Party – Helsinki

After an almost two week delay due to the volcano eruption in Iceland, I finally made it to Helsinki. The weather was very much the same as here in NYC.

It was actually, sunny low 40’s and not snowing! This is just the way I like Helsinki, you get the feel of being way north, and you can enjoy the briskness of Scandinavia in early spring, without all the snow and bitter cold of the winter months. So the weather was on my side for this trip.

My daughter’s birthday party was postponed twice because of all the volcano drama. Mind you the flights leaving from JFK in NY, usually fly directly over Iceland in route to Scandinavia, so all flights were rerouted way north of Iceland to avoid any smoldering and spewing, from the now active volcano.

Needless to say, after regrouping this party twice,  we had it on Friday, May 7th. The weather couldn’t have been any more on!  Outside it was a beautiful sunny day, high 40’s low 50’s.

We rented the recreational center at my daughter’s school and decorated it with the Barbie theme. Games such as pin the sun glasses on Barbie, Barbie balloon volley ball, Barbie plates, cups, and birthday hats!

Dad rocked the Barbie sand castle cake and vanilla cup cakes with Philadelphia cream cheese and white chocolate icing! And Mom was the perfect host and game coordinator!

I brought a donkey piñata from NY, as to bring an element of a different culture to my daughter’s party in Helsinki and the kids LOVED it!

Out of the 12 little girls there was only one other beside my own daughter that knew what a piñata was, that was only because she was fortunate enough to have taken a trip to Mexico with her parents the previous summer.

They all got a kick out of it, and there was a perfect hook that ran over head in the play room with a high enough ceiling as to make this piñata game work perfectly for the children.

All in all it was a really fun time for us all, the children even got to go outside to the park area and play, I was surprised to see that they had their version of “kick the can” a game we played sometimes as children in the States, and a definite game of my own parent’s generation.

Here they played with a small soccer ball but the game was the same, pretty cool to see these girls playing this. The ability for them to be able to play outdoors at the end of a very nice party was a wonderful way to wind up everything while the children waited for their parents to pick them up.

Nothing though,  could have been any nicer or the “party topper” than on our little family walk home, long after everyone was gone and we tidied up the mess we had made in the recreation center, my daughter saying in English,

“Thank you!!, Mommy and Daddy… that was the best birthday party ever!!”

Comments like this hit straight to the heart especially since this party almost didn’t happen due to Mother Nature!

  • Diane

    This is such a great article Frank, it is so cool how you make the effort to always be there for your daughter, this will make a huge difference to her adult life. I’m so proud of you, this story brings tears to my eyes. The cake is fabulous, Anna is lucky to have you. Congrats on having such a beautiful daughter:)

  • Dean

    Adorable :)

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  • Franco Lania

    Hello Dean,

    Yes, it is absolutely a blessing to make things like this with children.