Logan had a fantastic time, but who wouldn't?!? He was the center of attention of 12 boys and girls (plus a baby) for a few hours that day.
It was a bit overwhelming (for me) at times. Still, I couldn't help wondering if these parties will be easier to throw once we get to that stage where parents just drop off the kids and they stay for a sleepover on their own or whatever. Because, in addition to setting up and making sure everyone was busy with games or whatever, I also spent most of my time meeting new parents (of his new school friends) and catching up with old friends. It was nice but also exhausting, and I felt bad that I didn't spend enough quality time with anyone in particular because I was fulfilling my hostess duties, flitting here and there.
But, I'm REALLY glad we did it! We have a few new parents we now know and we've already gotten together with one of Logan's school friends over the break, which was a nice change of pace for me and him, I think!
It's a Despicable Me Minion Party!
|Welcome to our party!|
|This game ended up being a bigger hit with all the parents! :)|
|All ready! The boys eagerly awaited at the window for their friends to show up :)|
|Snacks for the kiddos - juice boxes, Cheetos and bananas - all references from the movie|
|Anti-gravity serum (lemonade) in an Erlenmeyer flask, accompanied with test tubes of the serum and mini banana runts for everyone to take home!|
|I made little Minion candy spoons! The kids loved these ;-)|
|Goodies for everyone to take home...|
|Handmade goodie bags since I couldn't find any pre-made that I liked|
|Before all the destruction! ;-)|
|I borrowed Kim's laminator (Thanks Kim!) to make this little Minion Memory game|
|Another nod to the movie, the Box of Shame, where the orphan kids have to go when they are in trouble|
|I figured the Moms would appreciate it as a good photo opp of their kids. ;-)|
|Another reference from the movie, a Carnival scene which the boys L.O.V.E. - I made this cut out and glued it to foam board as a target for the kids to hit with (a dart gun)|
|Logan and Aidan taking the first shots on target :)|
|Of course, it wouldn't be a party without a piñata!|
|A kid and candy bonanza!|
|I didn't notice until a few days later when I was reviewing these pics, that I had only put 5 candles out on Logan's cake! WHOOPS. I guess that's Mama's wishful thinking ;-)|
As you can probably tell, I had a really fun time coming up with all the ideas and then pulling it all together. :) I'm stamping this one a success!