movie party

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i told you i was way behind on parties – this one was from a couple years ago!

my oldest, grace, wanted to have an outdoor movie party with all of her friends from school and church.  i was able to pull together a simple theme with red items with a vintage feel.

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we set up a cute snack table with popcorn and treats – everything you need for a movie night!

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sometimes i overestimate on the time we need for a party, and this one was way too long!  i think we started at 5, and couldn’t start the movie until after 8 when it was dark enough.  so to fill that extra time, beyond eating and gift opening, we set up a handful of games for the group of preteens.

spoons is always a fun game for both boys and girls together.

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we also played twister outside on the grass – which is always hilarious!

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because all the candy just wasn’t enough (#sarcasm), we also supplied all the goods for s’mores at the outdoor fireplace.

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finally, movie time!  they watched “holes” which fit the bill for mostly clean and entertaining for kids this age (mostly 12 year olds).

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one thing i have grown to love about birthday parties for my kids as they get older is to see what a great group of friends they have and to see them be known and loved!

skate party

i’m a bit behind on sharing some of the parties i’ve thrown over the last couple years, but this one was just too fun (& easy!) not to share!

when silas turned 8, he wanted a skate party.  i used to be way into making fun invites, but for the most part, those days have passed and i am all about the ease of evites – plus they have really cute designs!

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 we decided to have the party at the skate park, because our backyard was only so fun for a group of boys and one small quarter pipe ramp.  plus, way easier clean up!

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lily (my little baker) and i made a couple fun treats to go with the bags of chips and costco pizzas.  we started with tiny skateboard cookies: nutter butters with rollos wheels attached with melted chocolate.  they turned out pretty darn cute, i must say!

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the really fun challenge was the half pipe cake.  i made the mistake of asking silas what he wanted his cake to look like, and he said a half pipe, colored like the skate park.  so i did my best!

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i made a couple sheet cakes, then chopped up one and stacked them until they began to resemble a half pipe.

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we coated it with frosting, added some sprinkled “tiles”, and used some tech deck skate boards for effect.  si loved it!

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we brought the treats, pizzas, bags of chips and an ice bucket filled with mini gatorade bottles.  the activities were skating, eating, gift opening, and…

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breaking into a boom box piñata! (from target – no longer available)

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some boys refuse to grow up ;)

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i love hosting parties at home because i know i’ll have everything i need on hand, but boy it sure is nice to keep it simple and head out to the park for a party sometimes!