I had planned on posting about the birthday parties sooner, but someone (CJ) was taking a really long time to put the photos into the computer, and I thought that the post would be better with pictures.
Thank you to those who left suggestions on things to do for Brielle's party! There were so many fun ideas.
I prepared 5 activities before the girls arrived. As it turned out, I neglected to remember that girls that age will spend a whole lot of time talking.
And giggling, and squealing and giggling and talking and giggling and giggling and...................
As it turned out, we only had time for 2 of the games I had planned.
When everyone got there, I put a sticker on their back with the name of a famous person. They were to ask yes or no questions to be able to guess what the name was. This was a great ice breaker because many of the girls didn't know each other.
I made sure to put "Hannah Montana" on Brielle's back. I knew this would just make her day!
(the last sentence is to be read with great sarcasm. Brielle is NOT a fan)
Next We played a game called "I never"
The girls sat in a big circle and I handed them each 15 beans. One girl would think of something that she had never done and say "I've never........been to Disneyland" then every girl who had been to Disneyland (Or had done whatever the girl said she hadn't done) would put one bean in the big bowl in the middle of the floor.
The object of the game is to try and have the most beans at the end of the game, so you try and think of something that you've never done that you know that many of the others have)
Aaron joined in the game and when it was his turn he said "I've never worn a dress!" And all the girls put a bean in the bowl. They did get even with him when one girl said "I've never had the name Aaron!"
Sidenote- This is a really fun game to play with adults. You can learn so much about your friends, like the time we were playing this game at a church party and I said "I've never been arrested" It was so much fun to see who had been arrested! Of course after that, they HAD to explain why they were arrested.
By the time we were done with the games, it was time to eat. The girls ate hot dogs and more chips and salsa than I thought was humanly possible. (They finished off an entire bag of Costco tortilla chips and nearly two big jars of salsa!)
Then we had cake and ice cream. I thought the tie dye cake would look really cool if I made it in a bundt pan. (and it would have if the whole cake had come out of the pan at the same time)
After I carefully dug the top half of the cake out of the supposedly non stick bundt pan and molded it back onto the bottom part of the cake, I drizzled three different colors of frosting on it and gave it a generous coating of sprinkles.
It did look quite fabulous.
Both inside and out.
And it tasted good too!
Next, Brielle opened her presents, and was given more pig related items for her pig collection.
The best part of the party was when we started the movie. Only one of her friends had seen Pee Wee's big adventure, and the rest of them had never even heard of Pee Wee.
As the movie started, the girls watched as Pee Wee got out of bed, put on his bunny slippers and played with his toy fire engine and train set.
The conversation went like this...........
"He's acting like a little kid"
"He's a grown up, why does he have all those toys?"
"Is he mentally disabled or something?"
"Yeah, this is really sad!"
Then one girl FINALLY got it.
"Oh, I get it! The movie is so dumb that it's funny. Kind of like Napoleon Dynamite!"
They all SCREAMED when Large Marge's face morphed. When the movie was over, Aaron showed them that part again,
And they screamed every time. We had to close the windows.
Precisely at 10:00p.m. the girl's parents came and collected them. We sent them each home with a great big muffin and a bottle of orange juice for breakfast the next morning.
T.hen it was over.
And we did the "happy dance."
The thing that surprised me the most about this party?
It was fun. I actually had a good time! I had been dreading this for weeks, and it really turned out great.
I was ready for some super drama to emerge so that I could blog about it, but all the girls were very polite and well behaved, so all you get is a post about a fun party.
Brielle has some really great friends!
Come back later for part 2 of this post. Max's "garbage truck" party.
(as soon as we find which memory stick has the pictures on it so we can get the photos into the computer)