Todd's birthday party was at the beginning of March, but I just realized I never got back here to blog about it. Todd really (REALLY!!!!) wanted an Angry Birds party, and at the time he started asking for it, I really didn't know what he was talking about. If you don't know what Angry Birds is, you're not missing a whole lot, but my kids like it. If you want to see what it is, you can click HERE.
Here are a few highlights from the party.
The invitations... My kids each got a plush Angry Bird from their uncle, so I copied these for the invitations.
(btw: more invitations got made than what got given out... I got a bit carried away because I thought they were so cute!!)
Some decorations... I painted on our glass patio doors but I only have a pretty bad picture of that, so I will leave it out. Just a tip, though, if you're painting on glass, add a squirt of dish soap into your acrylic paint and it will make taking it off again SO MUCH EASIER!!! I fully recommend this. I let my kids paint the windows at Christmas and had the hardest time getting the paint back off. Upon mentioning this on facebook, I had numerous suggestions about the squirt of soap. Tried it for the b-day party and it worked like a charm!!
Steve blew up balloons with the bicycle pump (balloons taste so gross, and I can't imagine all those toxins are good for you to suck on while you blow up balloons, so this is his new blowing up method. Used it now for 2 parties and it is awesome! Also means he LOVES helping with the decorating, too!!)
The night before, Steve and I painted the base coat on all these rocks. Then at the party, the kids could paint one of each colour with Angry Birds' faces on them.
The GAME! We split the kids into 2 groups. One group started by building the structures, and the other group got to destroy them by throwing our tennis ball "Angry Birds" at the structure. The main goal of an Angry Bird (at least this is what I gather from the kids!!) is to eliminate the Pigs. The Pigs steal the birds' eggs, thus making them "Angry!" Funny how something so simple has become a HUGE craze amongst kids (and non-kids, alike!!) these days.
Elise throwing an Angry Bird. (In the background you can kind of see the painting on the window) I was thankful that our front window didn't get busted with the force some of the kids put behind those tennis balls. Plus, the tennis balls we got from the dollar store might as well have been rocks, they were so hard! The name brand tennis balls seemed much more forgiving
Painted tennis balls are our birds.
The pigs are just green tennis balls with sharpie faces.
Goodie bags included a little painting book, so I attached a paint brush to the outside of the bag.
Todd said he didn't want a birthday cake. I said we could figure something else out, but what did he want when the kids are supposed to sing to him, then? He said he didn't know. Scott piped in and said, "Well, YOU might not like cake, but your FRIENDS do!" So, Todd said, "I would like a carrot cake." I love the carrot cakes that Safeway makes, so I headed over there early on party day to see if they had one out. They didn't, but the lady in the bakery said they would happily have one ready for me well before party time. I told her it was for my non-cake-loving 8 year old and she said they would have fun decorating it. When I went back to get it, a couple of the cashiers commented and I said, "It's carrot cake." They said they had heard the story of the little boy who only liked carrot cake! I thought it was pretty funny that they were talking about Todd's cake all the way at the front of the store! The cake was amazing, and most of the kids came back for seconds. I had given them small pieces to start with in case they didn't like it. One boy ate all the icing off and then started in on the cake. He stopped eating and said, "Is that a RASIN?! I don't eat that!" haha! Glad I didn't give HIM a big piece! He was the only one that seemed to be offended by the cake!
And for 14 days, I had two eight-year-olds! Every year, on one of their "twin" days I make sure to take a picture of them at the same age.