|L-R invitation, the banner, Sage making a wish, the kids making their custom snack mixes, the view from above, Cherry 7 Up: age of the birthday girl, the inspiration for the color scheme, and choice of beverage|
We kicked it off with a snack mix table where the kids got to scoop their own custom snack mix into a ziploc bag. There were things like chocolate animal crackers (my new favorite!), goldfish, peanuts, almonds, craisins, marshmallows, fruit snacks, pretzels, and honeycomb cereal to choose from. Then we played a memory game where there were double pictures of Sage on the wall that were covered and they had to match the pictures. We played boys against girls and I can't believe how hyped up they were the entire game! They were so competitive and they loved seeing baby pictures of Sage.
After the memory game we put a balloon on everybody's ankle and they tried to pop each other's until we finally declared a 3-way tie between the last balloons standing. Those last three kids would have been there for hours, Bailey being one of them. The kids really had a blast with this one. It was loud and crazy. One mom came in the front door during this game and was very concerned at the noise :D Several kids asked if we could play it again. So if you're looking for a fun party game and you can stand crazed children and the volume, this is a great one!
I made 7 Up cupcakes at the request of the 7 year old birthday girl for the guests; and made her a tiny layer cake using her easy bake pans so she could have something that would hold 7 candles. After cake she opened her mountain of presents and we played a game of pictionary. A lot of kids started getting picked up at this point. We sent them all home with a thank you cookie and collapsed on the couch!
My goals for this party were:
- that Sage have a fabulous birthday first and foremost: check
- not have a need for utensils: check
- sew something: check (remember I am not handy with a sewing machine) I sewed the banner!
- not buy invites, favors, or decorations: check
I'd say the party was a success. It was made all that more special that both her grandmas, grandpa, Uncle Jim, Aunt Kellie, and Aunt Cris could come too!