I'd love to share a few photos and ideas from Truett's 6th birthday party that we hosted two weeks ago. I had intended to post them a bit earlier but then we took our trip to DC & last week was True's first week of first grade (I can't even).
Truett decided he wanted his birthday party to have the theme, "everything that fights bad guys,". Originally, we were supposed to make the outside of our house look like the outside of a body (windows as eyes, door as mouth) and the inside, the inside of the body (T wanted to use a drum as the heart) buuuut I decided that was just too complicated.
So instead we pulled out a few simple tricks and the kids had a wonderful time.
I LOVE the look of a huge bunch of helium balloons but they're difficult to transport from the store & are expensive when compared to the bag of rubber balloons you can buy at a store. But! while browsing Pinterest a few weeks before the party, I spotted a genius idea: blow up regular balloons, tie a string around the bottom and hang them upside down from the ceiling! Same look, so much easier.
I found a spiderman piñata that the kids loved stuffing with candy and then, instead of a cake, Truett requested these mini ice cream cones from Trader Joes. I had a moments hesitation, sad he wouldn't have a cake, but I'd already made his traditional ice-cream cake for the day-of his actual birthday, so I decided the hell with guilt and bought the cones!
They're perfect. Small, indulgent and simple.
My sweet friend Liz printed off super hero labels and we taped them to cans of silly string as a take-home gift.
I put out a bunch of markers, scissors and construction paper so the kids could make their own shields, and then we played pin-the-shield on the superhero (Captain America, courtesy of Liz's husband Brian, who's an artist :)
I made green Koolaid as Hulk Punch, served popcorn, pretzels and potato chips, and had several bottles of wine for the grown ups.
It was simple, homemade, and fun for everyone.
And, since I was feeling terribly sad last week over the passage of time, the beginning of school, and the kids' growing up, I thought I'd share a quote that's been helpful to me:
"The trick is learning to take things as they come and fully, too, with no resistance or fear, not trying to grip them too tightly or make them bend."
It's from Circling the Sun by Paula McLain and I found it both comforting and inspiring.