Yep, it's true. My little boy is not so little anymore. My first born…the little man who made me a momma is turning 12! And to celebrate, he wanted to invite some school friends for a Halloween themed birthday party. We made plans just before heading to Mexico for fall break and did brain storming there in preps for his fun day the day after we got home from our trip. Once we got home, we started decorating and getting the games and food ready. It was fun and strange making jello brains with worms coming out with our brain mold (I didn't get a picture of it - boo.), concocting fun drinks, and getting dry ice to make a witches brew. That turned into a pretty cool science experiment with the kids seeing how warmer water makes the dry ice sizzle and erupt with gasses and cool water calmed the ice. We had a bunch of games planned too. I was relieved that the kids were enthusiastic about the games since these are all tweens and the party had to have a 'cool' factor. Ha! I loved watching them have fun and was relieved to see smiles on excitement on their faces. ;)
The food and beverages were fun to plan. I didn't photograph everything and we ordered pizza and breadsticks to make it easy - I totally cheated. We had these fun apple mouth sides (pictured below), a festive drink of Sprite Zero with green food coloring and fun straws that we added peeps and a floating eyeball, brain jello (not pictured) and lots of bowls of random halloween snacks (not pictured - there's a lot not pictured).
The first game we played was the 'Marble Toe Game'. Each player was timed for 30 seconds and had to get as many marbles into a bowl from an icy cold pool of water with only their toes. The player who collected the most marbles won. Since we didn't have a kiddy pool, we used a metal bin and timed two players at a time and kept track of their scores. At the end, there was tie between Tyler and Greer so we had a tie breaking one minute challenge. The kids were such good sports with this game.
Another favorite was just the good old fashion 'Mummy' game. They did it twice and and the results were pretty entertaining for Jeff and I. Oh and the amount of TP lint floating in the air and landing was unreal. My vacuum was full this morning with just lint after vacuuming the house. #youvebeenwarned #itsworthit
After a bunch of games and a break to eat, it was time for the cake. We ordered the cake - it was supposed to be a Minecraft Creeper face cake but the bakery messed up a bit so we added a lot of edible bloody fingers. So it transformed into a Creeper zombie cake - yay! Who knew that everyone wanted a piece that contained a bloody finger? We know how to please. :) I didn't get a photo of the cake close up - it wasn't very pretty so I figured it was best left to be eaten.
We ended with 'Murder In The Dark' which was accompanied by the sound of thunder outside. The kids asked wide-eyed, if the thunder was real. I told them I ordered it in…lol. Mother nature was working with me on that one, but that meant foregoing the piñata we had. The wind, thunder and lightening were a sign for us to stay in the rest of the party. Plus it was dark and it made the final game pretty fun.
The kids seemed to have a great time. If they didn't, they faked it well #butithinktheyhadfun ;) I had to send them off with a goody bag. Ty and I put some Halloween things that I know they're a little old for but we still thought they were fun. And the gummy body parts were a hit. The older they get, the creeper they like things. :) Thanks to those of you who were able to join us in celebrating Ty's birthday. You made it a very memorable and wonderful birthday celebration.