We had Jill’s birthday party last weekend on her actual birthday. What a treat! Ellie and Kate and I came up with the theme in December and fully planned it out. We were either going to go with fluffy pink unicorns or a driving/cars theme. Since Henry Fernstrom’s birthday had been done up with the unicorns we decided to be unique. (Plus fluffy and pink NEVER describe Jill!)
Given that I was still attached to an icing matching and taking pain medications I had to sit out on the sidelines for this. Ellie and Kate made and decorated the brownies themselves. They were awesome! They also did 90 percent of the decorating on the day of the party and took the detail pictures to document it. I think I may be passing the birthday party baton on soon!
Just for some extra information…we used chalkboard paper as a runner on the table and drew a road on it. Then we left extra pens around the table so the kids could draw and leave messages. (THAT was a big hit!) We had cones to hold up the traffic like cakes and chocolate cars driving all over the road. The scavenger hunt prizes were flashlight key chains and matchbox cars.
I should have had the girls take pictures at the party too. I was the photographer for those and my drug addled brain forgot to take a picture of all of the attendees together. Seriously? That’s always our favorite picture and I totally forgot. I’ve been kicking myself all week! Sigh…
Allen did a great job coming up with driving related clues. The kids had to run all around the house and neighborhood finding clues like ‘The next clue can be found where you can’t change lanes and must have your lights on..’ The clue was hidden in the tunnel at the tunnel park.
Fortunately the weather cooperated while the kids were outside and didn’t rain on them. Unfortunately it had rained at least two inches in the hours before the party. In their enthusiasm to find a clue some of the group ran ahead. It was dark, down a hill and apparently as slippery as banana peels. Poor Colin slid most of the way down the hill on his backside and Ellie was soon to follow. Good thing he’s a good sport ANDthis was the beginning of the party so we had time to wash his pants!
After dinner Jill and her friends played games and watched videos while the rest of us retreated upstairs. If the laughter was any indication this was a highly successful party! Jill has found herself a great posse of friends so it was a pleasure to host them. Perhaps next year we will have all her friends bring an extra change of clothes just in case we include a mud slip and slide in next year’s scavenger hunt too!
One last picture to show the gifts Jill got from us for her birthday. The sheep shirt (this kid seldom loves an item of clothing so we jumped on this one) and the signet ring. I got one for my 16th birthday so I had to pass down this tradition!