February 5th, 2009
So for Drew’s birthday celebration last week, I again, went a little overboard. I tend to do that with the birthday parties, and I’m not completely sure why, though, I DO know that to some degree, they become a creative outlet for me (and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.) Drew’s actual day of birth was on Friday. I sent him to school with a batch of rice krispie treats, per his request. We invited two of his closest buddies for a sleep-over that night. When Kevin heard about my spend- the- night idea, he said, “Woah! Are you trying to win ‘mom of the year’?!”
“Well, yes, actually, I am.”
We also had a little family party Friday night as well. (My mom had indicated that she wasn’t really into partying with 12 little kids at the kiddie party the next day. I figured she might not be the only one that felt that way, so I had all the grandparents come hang the night before.) It was a fun evening. We ended the night with a movie in the playroom, and the boys all snuggled up in their sleeping bags. (Beau had already fallen asleep on the couch while daddy was reading to him.)
The next day it was a bit of scramble to get everything ready, as our kiddie party started at 11 a.m.
My best friend, Mel, and her hubby came, as well as Jim, to join their kiddos at the party. Mel, was an angel for me that day! She jumped right in and helped me out with all the small details that stitched everything together and kept everything running smooth, as well as providing some much needed girly talk. I love my best bud!
I had to ice the cupcakes, and make the pizzas (one of which I totally torched! OOOPS!) , and get everything else ready- which was plenty!
I sculpted each lightsaber out of fondant, that I tinted by myself as well. I also made the little Captain Rex helmet you see there, especially for Drew, since that is his favorite character.
As you can see, Drew, again requested a Star Wars theme birthday party. I was kind of hard pressed to come up with new ideas, but my friend Allison saved my rear by sending me this link. To save money, I made a Death Star pinata out of paper mache. It took some time, but in the end, it was really worth it, and definitely the hit of the party.
(If I look a little crazed here, it’s because the permanent marker fumes went to my head…)
We took all of the kiddos outside (and it couldn’t have been a more beautifully warm winter day!) and let them whack away at the thing. It lasted quite awhile, and each kid got at least 3 tries. After the first round, they all started chanting, “CRACK IT OPEN! CRACK IT OPEN!” I was really impressed with how loud they were! Holy cow!
It finally came off the rope…
but Kevin had to throw it at the concrete to get it actually crack open.
It was definitely a successful day, and Drew was very pleased and content with the whole thing. He told me so several times, later that day.
Number 6, down in the history books, or at least on my flickr page.