It doesn’t take much for time to fly by and our kids to grow. I seem to blink anymore and Finn grows an inch and spits out a new word.
Finn turned five earlier this month. We celebrated with our first “friend” birthday party, followed by a family BBQ and gift opening. Let me tell you, there’s nothing quite like a huddle of little kids dressed up to remind you how simple life should really be.
Finn started his big day with new books…
… and a mom and dad who demanded a photo with their growing superhero. (The stickers were a gift from Finn. I proudly wore them all day, even grocery shopping and to Evie’s library time. Needless to say, I got some looks.)
The rest of the day included school, presents, skipping quiet time to hang with mommy, pizza and more presents.
We also did our annual “question ask.” We started at three asking Finn the same questions each year. Finn wanted to get through this part quickly (presents were waiting), but I think someday it will be hilarious to go back and read his answers. For instance, this year he’s certain he will be married at 10
Birthday week continued with a family and friend gathering Saturday morning. Finn invited his best pals over and asked them to dress up. Superhero, princess, ninja… we love them all! Evie, I kid you not, layered FOUR costumes on top of one another. Talk about super princess!
We played a handful of superhero games:
- Bataring Toss – Each child got to wear the Batman mask and throw the Bataring through hula hoops. We had 4 different sizes of hula hoops. Each time they made it through, they had to try for a smaller hoop. (Cost: $4. Already had mask and Bataring. Hula hoops, $1 each, Dollar General.)
- Catch the Villains - The kids chased and captured the 2 villains, Justin and my cousin Andy. There were 4 streamer rolls (should have had more). The superheros wrapped up the villains to haul off to jail. Somehow Grandpa got thrown into the villain category! (Cost: $6, 4 streamer rolls and 2 black villain masks from Party City, each $1.) And, yes, that’s my dad as Superman. What a sport!
- Web Shooting - a silly string fight. Why not? (Cost: $14, $1 each silly string from Michael’s. They ran out rather quickly, but the ones at Party City were each $3. Eek!)
- X-Ray and Heat Vision – Use your Superman skills (blindfolded) to guess what’s in each bowl. (1/2 tomato, grapes, peas, spoons, dice, noodles, etc.) (Cost: $1 piñata blindfold from Party City. All supplies were common household items.)
- Bomb Hunt – We spray painted Easter eggs black so the kids could save the universe by locating all the bombs. (Cost: $2.99, black spray paint from Lowe’s. We already have a million Easter eggs and spray painted 30 as “bombs”.)
There was more chasing of the villains and popping balloons which led to the most quiet time of the whole day: cupcakes and juice
Finn had a great time and was so happy to have all his favorite friends over to play and celebrate. His friends picked an activity book from Michael’s to take home. We found Lisa Frank for the girls and the boys could choose from Angry Birds, Spiderman or Despicable Me 2.
Following the friend party, our families stuck around for a BBQ of hot dogs, brats, burgers, fruit, veggies and chips. We topped it off with cupcakes and cookie cake and ended the bash with the best time of day for any birthday boy: gift opening! Lots of Legos and superhero toys to last us awhile. (BTW: I forgot how much I love Legos!)
Although party hosting is not really my jam, Finn was in heaven so it was worth the near panic attack pulling it all together. Whew. Until Evie’s 3rd…
Have you done a themed birthday party with your kids?