Birthday season is rapidly approaching at our house. 5 of the 8 of us have birthday's within a couple weeks of each other. When Cheyenne was just little, Bill and I decided not to do a big birthday party for the kid's every year - what can I say, we're cheap. :) So we do a party when they turn 6 - now in school and they finally have friends to invite, and when they turn 8, 12, and 16 - those are all big years to us. So lucky for us, no parties to plan this year. While I do enjoy all the party planning and the idea of having a party, I tend to stress out a little the day of the party - it's all too crazy and chaotic. lol So I'll share a recap of parties we've done in the past and those my awesome sister, Leslie, who is the party queen, has shared with us. Click on the links to see more of each party.
For Billy's 8th birthday we had so much fun with an Army Party. I think this was the only time Bill actually got involved much - and I think he had as much fun as the boys. I still, a year later, have one of the boys who every time he sees me says, "That was the funnest party ever!"
Since this was the Triplets birthday party, I had to make it fun for both boys and girls and enough to keep 20 kids entertained. Yes, we invited the whole kindergarten class. Luckily only about half came, and we actually had as many helpers as we did kids. :)
We did just basic party games - pin the door on the lego house, drop the lego into a jar, and a couple others. I know there are a million lego party ideas out there, so I'll just share the best part of ours. We gave the kids each a little lego vehicle set like this:
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They each built one and then we raced them over and over again. They also took the cars home as their favor (along with some candy.) The boys had a blast!
This was back before I blogged at all, actually before I'd even heard of blogs, but it was really fun so I'll share it now. For Natalie's 7th birthday she wanted a cooking party. We had the girls bring an apron, or we had a few for those that didn't. While they arrived they decorated bands that we made into chef hats (stapled tissue paper inside.) Then they made their own pizzas. We gave them the dough and let them roll it out, and top it with whatever kinds of toppings they wanted. While the pizzas cooked, the girls went outside and played. Then they ate the pizza for lunch, opened presents, and that was about it. A little more prep work making the dough and stuff, but probably the easiest party I've done.
|Wow, how these girls have changed in 7 years! :)|
Angry Birds Party
Go click on the link. Leslie gives great details of her super fun party. Every time my kids see these pictures they say with a big sigh, "I wish we could live by Aunt Leslie and go to their parties." My favorite part is the larger than life Angry Birds game.
Disney Cars Party
Leslie floors me with her artistic ability. I have trouble with stick people. Check out the cars she made out of cardboard boxes.