Saturday, June 21, 2014

This is how last-minute birthday parties are done...

I've been promising Primus that she could have a "friends" birthday party for two months.  We finally had it last night.  I decided if I put it off any more, that it probably wouldn't happen at this point and planning it for a far future date wasn't going to change the fact that I was unmotivated to plan a big, complicated event.  So we passed out invitations less than a week in advance! 

Here's how you throw together a fun party in less than a week.  And realistically, a lot of this was planned on the fly just minutes before kids arrived.  As you can see, there are no pictures, because it was definitely not pinterest-worthy.  But the kids had fun and that's all that matters.

The theme was "alliteration."  It was a Pajama, Pizza, Popcorn, Pixar Party and parents were told it would be two-and-a-half hours long.

Everyone came in their pajamas.  There's just something fun about wearing pajamas out of the house.  As soon as the kids arrived they ate pizza, juice boxes, and popcorn (we like Skinny Pop) while watching a Pixar film (Up.)

When that was over, we had a few different things going on:
Primus opened presents.
Each kid was given an empty Lays Stacks container (dug out of the craft boxes right before kids arrived) and taught how to squeeze it to pop the lid off (we call them "poppers.")
The lids were aimed and shot at pictures of Pixar character coloring pages (printed off the internet right before I ran to pick up the pizza) that were taped to the wall.
The coloring pages were colored.
The poppers were decorated.
Homemade ice cream cake was eaten.  (I have two cake pans that look like the two halves of an Oreo cookie.  So I just made a chocolate cake and sandwiched some vanilla ice cream in between. No frosting. Easy.)
Some played Just Dance Disney on the Wii while waiting for parents.

When kids left they took home their popper and coloring page and a favor.  The favor was a small empty peanut butter jar that Primus filled with popcorn, a ring pop, and a fruit roll up.  She replaced the Skippy label with one of her own that simply said, "Thank you for coming."

The hardest part of the whole party was cleaning up the mess afterwards.  So that was left for the next day.  I love lazy summers! 

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