Monday, September 30, 2013
Ice Cream Party Time!
So last week Aniyah, our eldest child, turned 10! I'm honestly still trying to cope with the fact that she's getting older - I woke up in the middle of the night because I had a dream where she told me she wanted to sell her clothes so she could buy new ones because she wanted a boyfriend. Talk about a nightmare!
Anyway, the last time she had a real party for her birthday was when she was 4 - the year before she started school. Since then we've just been having small celebrations (Chuck-E-Cheese's, family dinners, etc.) because I told her that her next "party" won't be until she turns 10, so she was really excited for her birthday this year.
As you may have seen in my last post, she chose to go with an Ice Cream theme. It kinda took a while for her to make up her mind about it, but in the end it was a really great choice - so much more original than a character themed birthday.
I found some free Ice Cream party printables on Pinterest and customized them on Pixlr.
I also ordered some Ice Cream themed goodies from Oriental Trading Co. to use for party favors and decorations.
this image on Pinterest and decided to recreate it. But instead of using real ice cream cones (which may have gone to waste), I used these cute polka dot paper cones that I got from Oriental Trading Co.
original pin was a 10-foot banana split which used a carpet tube and some handmade stands for it to be lifted off the ground but we put our own twist on it.
Instead of a carpet tube, I just cut, folded, and taped the cardboard box from our Oriental Trading Co. order and created a trough which I then covered in tinfoil. Instead of lifting it off of the ground, we put it on a tarp and had an ice cream eating contest!
It was so much fun for the kids and their families because we were all cheering them on and everyone got a kick out of it. And thankfully the rainy weather was on our side because it helped to wash away all the stickiness!
They played musical chairs, had an egg toss, water balloon relay roll, and a water balloon toss as well. It was really so fun just to watch them all enjoy themselves. Some of the adults even got involved by throwing water balloons with the kids.
In the end, it was a very messy, very sticky, but very AWESOME 10th birthday party! I'm so glad that the stormy weather didn't put such a damper on everyone's spirits and that they were able to celebrate Aniyah's birthday with us.
Thank you to everyone for all your birthday wishes in comments and shout-outs! She was really surprised to find out how much love and support she has from all of you!
And I know I've been absent from the blog world for most of the month but October starts tomorrow and I'm really excited to share some of my DIY costume ideas with you again this year. Last year's costume posts were such a hit that I figured I'd try to put together some requested costumes this month - so comment below with a request!