Here’s a run down of what we did for TJ’s birthday party on Saturday! The first photo is actually the LAST one we took, but it was such a fin photo – all the kids that came to her party out in our backyard on the big wagon wheels the last owners left here. I can’t decide if I like the color version or the black & white better. I took this to make thank-you cards for each of the kids (which I better get cracking on!) They were all kids from Church except for the cute guy next to TJ on the back row. Such a nice kid, and handsome too! LOL!
I decorated simply – mostly because the bulk of the party would be downstairs watching a movie. TJ wanted a “movie theatre” birthday at home – which we were happy to do.
We set up a concession stand with chips, pop, candy, and pizza. When the kids arrived, I gave them each a cute wallet with several tickets inside – the tickets were custom made to have TJ’s birthday numbers along the sides, and what the ticket was for in the middle (eg. One Soda, One Bag of Chips, etc.) with of course an “Admit One” ticket in there. They lined up, just like at the movies and ordered what they wanted for snacks. Then they took them downstairs for the movie. They got to keep the wallet as their “treat” as well as whatever candy they had left after the movie.
We always play “spin the bottle” to open gifts. The kids all sit in a circle, holding their gifts. The birthday child spins a bottle, and whomever it points to, that’s whose gift she opens. It keeps things less hectic, and gives everyone a chance to see each gift before she tears into the next one (also giving me an opportunity to take better photos).
TJ loved the boots we gave her – she even wore them to school in +30 degree weather with her shorts and Tee. What a nut!
Oh, and she got a webkin from Matthew – apparently these are SUPER AWESOME and all the rage. I had never heard of them before. LOL! Oh, and notice the hair-do, Jenn? TJ requested it special. She also wanted a flower in her hair from checking out your blog. LOL!
Mmmmmm… a DQ ice cream cake. We bought an ice cream cake because one of the kids had an egg allergy. He didn’t end up wanting any cake at all! LOL! Oh well, I enjoyed it… a LOT! Yep, that was our fun party day. She was so excited for this day, but for me – the even more special day is quickly approaching…. BAPTISM DAY!