Olympic Games 2013

I think there were a few moms giving me the stink-eye when they arrived at this party. Rest assured, fellow parents, this party took the better part of a month to plan, organize, and execute. It involved driving to multiple Targets looking for the right sizes of white t-shirts, carefully planning the movement of the teams around the activities only to throw the plan to the wind once it started and soccer took 5x as long as all the other sports, figuring out how to structure the awards so everyone got medals, but the individual winners also got acknowledged, building things, crafting galore, and of course watching the weather predictions for 10 days straight!

It was a little like child birth. Totally scary, super exciting, and slightly exhausting. My son is already asking for Olympics 2014, so hopefully in 11 months all that I will remember are these sweet moments.

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Parade of Nations (complete with downloaded National Anthems of all the countries as well as the Olympic theme song.)

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Events: Long Jump, Gymnastics (seat jumps/min), Basketball Around the World and Knock-out, Soccer Around the World

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Good Sportsmanship and Team Spirit were acknowledged with trophies

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Happy 8th Birthday!

I tucked my son in last night telling him the story of what I was doing at that time 8 years ago. Calling my mom to have her get on a plane, calling the doctor and hoping he would tell me it was time to go to the hospital, quietly cursing the lamaze instructor, etc.

Then he woke up to this…

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A little visual reminder of all of his past birthdays.

And donuts in the shape of an 8.

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And 8 balloons.

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Boy Easter {Bucket}

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Boy Easter {Bucket}

There is no reason a little boy wouldn’t love a stuffed bunny as much as a girl, but my son loves these Beanie Boos. They are pretty irresistible with those big eyes!

Land of Nod Bucket; Melissa and Doug Pick-Up-Stix; Beanie Boo Elephant; Tattly Tattoos; Jelly Beans and Chevron Bags from cutetape.com; Hammond’s Caramel Marshmallow Egg

DIY Water Bottle Labels

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For today’s project I’m making custom labels for the party this weekend. I use Pages for laying out images- it’s like a simplified Photoshop and Illustrator rolled into one.

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After cutting them all out with the paper cutter, I’m affixing them to the water bottles with packing tape. Simple as that.

And normally I would be crazed about the water bottles all being uniform in size, but I know from experience that kids never notice that stuff and I might as well use up what I have left over from previous parties.

PARTY OF MASS DESTRUCTION

In planning my son’s upcoming birthday, I can’t help but think of the success of last year’s Angry Birds party. We had recently moved into a new house, so I kept a bunch of moving boxes to set up a “live action” Angry Birds set. I filled the green pig balloons with beans to keep them in place on the boxes so they kids could try to shoot them off with bean bags and sling shots.

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The chaos started when the balloons got hit and exploded beans. This was a 7 year-old boy’s dream come true. I decided to go with the excitement and let them start destroying the boxes- pretty soon the kids were jumping on the boxes, popping balloons over each other’s heads for a waterfall of beans, and generally causing as much mayhem as humanly possible. They were ecstatic!

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The beauty of it was the kids got to be kids. No one got hurt. Everyone had fun. And the clean up was nothing more than sweeping up some dried beans and recycling the broken down boxes. I think there is a real market for boy parties where they can make a huge mess without anyone yelling at them.

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Paperless Post

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Paperless Post

I’ve loved Paperless Post for years. It’s such a smart concept and so well executed. They have a great selection of invitations, but I also love just sending their thoughtful cards to my friends and family at random.
Here is a Paperless Post invite for my son’s upcoming birthday. Stay tuned for more pictures from the actual event…