The birthday parties are over and the cleanup is almost done. I looked
around the house the morning after, and I wasn't sure which caused more mess -
the hurricane or the party. But they were great.
We started the day with the most important part: Mommy's coffee.
From there, we headed to the Home Depot, where Andrea, the wonderful and
amazing woman who works at the Home Depot and who pulled this whole thing together, met us there with a huge bunch of balloons in her hand and a huge smile on her face.
The kids had an awesome time. They got to glue, hammer and use stickers to
build race cars that really worked. Each birthday party guest was given their
own wood kit, which included all the pieces they would need and with the help of
Andrea and a couple of her co-workers and with the blessed help of some
wonderful parents who stayed to pitch in, each child was able to build their own
car, and shocking, no one banged any of their fingers with a hammer. That was my
big fear. Well, that, and someone throwing a hammer but they restrained
themselves and all was well.
From there the guests all took turns hitting the very-candy-filled-pinata.
There was no space in the party room to do the pinata game so Andrea moved it out to
the hallway, which really, was an just an aisle in Home Depot. I was very nervous
taking the kids out of the party room and into an aisle - what if someone walked
away? or what if one of the customers was not, you know, child-friendly, but
this being Home Depot, where you can apparently find anything you need to run a
day care center (pinata stick? no problem. plastic bag for each kid's stuff?
also, no problem. Sharpie marker to label the cars? Here's one!), there were all
of a sudden two of those huge orange gates that are used to close off an aisle
for repairs or whatever. And Andrea closed off the area around the pinata.
Each boy had a chance to hit the pinata and when that candy finally flew out,
bam, those kids were on the floor as if they hadn't eaten in well, ever. They
all grabbed their candy and sat back down at the table while the adults enjoyed
five minutes of quiet - or as quiet as kids can be when they are slurping their
Laffy Taffys and crinkling wrappers everywhere. At least they were all sitting.
Next up, (and last) was the birthday cupcakes. I made these*.
I didn't make them up, I saw them on the Bakerella website, so huge thanks there, but they did come out pretty cool and some of the kids were convinced they were real mini hamburgers and french fries. That's why I like six year olds.
They ate, they drank their juice and went home. And we were off to the next
*Easy and quick instructions are coming! No really, they are. I made 24 of them in one evening. All from cake mixes and containers of frosting...
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Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)