This past weekend we had a birthday party for Isaac who turns 6 on Thursday. He’s had a love affair with the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom on and off for YEARS…and back a few weeks ago, when I was planning the party, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was number one on his radar. He said he wanted a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom party…and so that’s what we did! (His Number One Fascination has since moved on to States, Capitals and State Flags…but he still was thrilled with this party!)
I’ve calmed down a lot about parties. Which I am glad for. I used to spend weeks preparing…and now I really don’t. And I used to think a LOT about the guests liking the party, and now…although I still want the guests to like it, I think more about what the birthday boy will think. I was so excited to have a party for Isaac…because I knew ISAAC was going to love it. He wanted to invite three people: Andrew, Dave and me (which is more than last year…last year he just wanted to invite Andrew!). I expanded the invite list a little, but I definitely kept it to our closest friends. (Though, we are thinking that maybe next year we can invite some of Isaac’s school friends…since he’s started talking about them more often. It seems like he’s really starting to enjoy his classmates more than ever! Which is great news!)
So, since the party was about making it special for Isaac, Dave took Isaac out an hour before the party so Andrew and I could decorate like crazy while they were gone. We hung signs in the hallway, put up a banner, inflated an inflatable palm tree, arranged the cupcakes into a tower with palm tree picks and candles and set up the Pin The Letters On The Coconut Tree game. Some of the guests got there before Isaac got back…and so when we heard him coming up the stairs, everyone hid! When Isaac walked in, it was just me saying “Happy Birthday Isaac!!” and then everyone came out of hiding. He had a HUGE smile on his face and was saying “hey! what is this?” Then he went around to all the things Andrew and I had put up and talked all about them and showed them to me. It was ADORABLE. He was the most appreciative birthday boy and it totally warmed my heart. :)
Then, while Andrew entertained the ladies…
Isaac went about playing more or less by himself…which was a-okay with me! We all talked to him about what he was working on…and he was fine to have to have all the happy noises around.
We painted wind chimes.
And we played “Pin the Letters on the Coconut Tree”.
The bigger kids played with the jumbo inflated coconut tree which had the adults scrambling to protect their cups of coffee from getting knocked over, and protecting their heads from the occasional absent-minded bop. :) (thanks for being good sports, adults!!)
And the little kids traded and swapped and explored toys together.
After some pizza…we had coconut cupcakes!
and Dave kept relighting the candle so I could get some good shots. :) He probably blew out that candle five times!
Then we finally let them eat.
Isaac had a great time!
And I am SO GLAD! :)