Turning 5 years old last year. He has his ears plugged while we are singing 'Happy Birthday'
My son turns 6 years old in three days, and we are hosting a party this Saturday. Seeing as I've been lying on the beach for the past week, I'm feeling a little pressured to get everything together.
I'm trying my best to keep things the same from year to year without letting things get 'bigger'. Trust me, things are big enough already. In addition to same-age friends, we invite relatives, parents, and siblings. At this point (checking evite count) we're expecting over 20 people and I expect that number to increase to 40. It is a loose, unstructured party at which everyone runs around playing and jumping in the Moon Bounce (courtesy of Nana). This allows people to arrive/leave on their own family's schedule. Usually the kids come on the earlier side and the relatives come on the later side.
One thing that will make this year easier compared to last year is that I am NOT going to make a homemade pinata.
That is supposed to be The Death Star. This year I think we will go with a store-bought pinata instead.
Another thing that will help things go smoothly is that I will be serving basically the same menu as last year. Advantages of this menu include:
- The Birthday Boy likes everything on the menu
- The main items are easy to make ahead, freeze, and serve quickly the day of the party
- Items are small portions appropriate for young kids, and easier to snack on/graze throughout the day
- No Silverware Required!
- Mini Hamburgers (4 dozen) with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and condiments
- Bean and Cheese Quesadillas (lots) with salsa and sour cream
- Watermelon slices
- Veggies and dip
- Chips, hummus, and other snacking items
- Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes (rather than a birthday cake): If some kids need to leave before we sing Happy Birthday, I can just hand them a cupcake!