"This is the best party I've ever been to and it was mine! I just can't believe it!" Yep, I'd say the birthday boy enjoyed himself!
— Nicki Glenn (@nickiglenn) July 25, 2014
I don't usually do party favors unless it is something useful or something that really goes along with the theme. These little gumball tubes fit that bill! I ordered one inch green gumballs and put them in tubes then put stickers for each letter on the tube.
I can hardly believe this sweet boy is almost 8 years old. It seems like yesterday we were planning his first birthday with all the monkeys and bananas. But, time marches on and here we are with a boys only video game party.
I always try to get a few family photos on birthday party days. And, Micah was totally against that idea. (This is the exact reason he needed a nap today but never went to sleep!)
The balloon wreath is the same one I made for Jonah's 5th birthday. I just pull it out and reuse it for every birthday week we have around here!
Our friend, Ginny Beth of Ginny Beth Cupcakes delivered Jonah's special yummy treats just a bit before his party started. We love GBJ and her cupcakes!
Little brother was all excited about The Game Truck but we knew it wasn't the best thing for their brotherly relationship for him to be there the whole time. So, our dear friend, "Misaweez" came to rescue Micah with a special trip to Chili's and The Dollar Tree.
We had the VIP access badges under a tree so the kids could grab theirs before loading the truck but it started raining just minutes before kids were to arrive. We had to quickly move the table beside our front door. Jonah (not-so) patiently waited for his friends to arrive so he could give them their badge!
The Game Truck coach gave the first party goers the instructions and the party was off! We were able to go onto the truck first to remove any games we weren't comfortable with! We kept only the E for Everyone games but as you can see, there were SO many left to choose from.
16 kids can play at once so I made sure to invite less than that number so all the kids can play without having to wait. And, since one kid didn't get to come and one got there late, Ray and Dan got to play! And, they really enjoyed being in on the action!
Micah got back when there was about 20 minutes left of game time on the truck. He was happy to join "da big kids on that truck!"
And, when you have to pull little brother off the truck, this is what you get! Can I mention again how grateful I am for Louise and Hazel taking him for a while? Ahem...
I'm super happy to have this picture of Jonah and lots of friends! He wants a copy of this in his room! It always makes me nervous to merge different groups of kids for parties. This party had friends from school, church, tennis camp, VBS and neighborhood. And, they all had fun!
There ALWAYS has to be a silly picture! Right? Especially with boys!!!
After time on the truck, we moved inside to sing Happy Birthday and then to the back porch for pizza and cupcakes! And, just so you know, the HIT of the night was the green Gatorade. Who knew providing Gatorade would be such a big deal to kids?!!? They kept saying "we normally get juice" or "who told you we liked Gatorade so much?" or "This party is great because of the truck AND the Gatorade!" Honestly, I was just looking for a drink that matched the colors of the party! :-) But, I'll take it. Gatorade for the win!
(Yes, we just did a patio redo with yellow cushions and the navy/white Chevron rug! But, I didn't think brand new cushions, pizza, icing and 8 year old boys would be a great mix!!)
I had plans to let Jonah open his gifts with his friends there but The Game Truck coach gave the kids an extra 20-30 minutes to play so I knew they would rather do that than watch Jonah. He was disappointed because he wanted to "thank them in person." When he expressed that, there were still a few parents there getting their kids so he grabbed those gifts and opened them in front of them.
Rylan and Aaron had a stare off while Jonah was opening gifts. Funny boys!
Ahhh...it was a good day! Jonah loved his party and loved his gifts. He went to bed a happy little boy who feels very loved! And, his mommy is grateful for that! (And, regretting the fact that she let Micah get this voice changer as a gift for Jonah. Can we say LOUD and ANNYOING?!)