My little guy turned 6 recently. Six! I can't believe it. We decided on a Calvin and Hobbes theme for his birthday party, since he has been super into the comic this year. I had fun making decorations and coming up with games. Here is what we did:
Invitations! (picture coming soon; need to get it off my phone)
Pizza! The party was in the evening, and fell within the dinner hour. So we served pizza, watermelon, and carrots with dip. Simple. Easy. I ordered WAY too much pizza. Oh well.
Games! First we had three "stations" that were supposed to be happening simultaneously, with kids taking turns at each station. It didn't exactly work out this way, and most of the kids were just playing while we did the Crazy Faces station (took longer than I anticipated). But it was okay. They were having fun playing around in the yard.
-----Hop with Hobbes. I set up two trampolines and put a plush tiger on each. The idea was for two kids to hop and toss the tiger around, and even toss them back and forth to each other. This station was pretty much a flop, for some reason. Maybe I should have had an adult on duty to encourage the kids in what to do.... but left to their own devices they weren't too interested. That's okay.
-----Newspaper Hats. Pretty self-explanatory. Kids made newspaper hats, which Calvin and Hobbes wear in their boys-only treehouse club. We didn't play up that aspect, as there were several girl cousins in attendance. :) Both Grandmas were very helpful at this station.
-----Crazy Faces with Calvin. I enlarged the faces in this picture
-Calvin and Hobbes' Time Machine Dinosaur Dash
This race was completely inspired by this picture:
-Grand finale: Water Balloon Fight!!!
If you're a fan of the comic, you know Calvin loves his water balloons. We didn't drop them from trees onto Suzy, instead we had a good ol' fashioned water balloon fight. We filled a lot of water balloons. I personally filled about 450. My father in law contributed 200. So 650 water balloons! We distributed them around the yard in various plastic containers. When I said GO, the kids went at it and got completely soaked. I know my boys loved it. All those balloons were popped within about 8 minutes! After they were gone I had several pleading faces looking up at me...... "do you have any more???" It was great.
Cake. T chose an ice cream cake from DQ, which was generously provided by one of his grandmas. Nice and easy. Fine by me. I made cake toppers out of paper and toothpicks. We actually had two cakes because we had a lot of guests.
Gifts. He got lots of fun things. Time to write some thank-you notes.
Goodie bags. I found some tiger tails and stretchy tiger balls that I thought slightly resembled Hobbes in the dollar section of Target. The balls actually ended up ruining my first batch of goodie bags, leaving big grease marks on them. Yuck. I had to re-do the bags and put the tiger balls into plastic bags. To go along with the tails, I wanted some ears. I couldn't find any at a decent price online so I enlisted my mom to make some. She made 14 tiger ear headbands for me and they were awesome. Thank you, mom! A few other little treats in the bags: animal crackers, m&m's, a punch balloon, a slinky, and dinosaur tattoo.
Miscellaneous decorations. The power of the internet and a home printer made these decorations possible.
A note on T's outfit. We had the shoes from 1950's day at school; they were perfect. I bought a red shirt and painted on the stripes using painter's tape as my guide. (I used electrical tape to make the stripes on the shirts for the game). Shorts are just a simple knit pair from Walmart, cheapest I could find. I tried to gel up his hair to make it look like Calvin's but it looked a lot more Calvin-esque the next morning due to bedhead.
Okay, I think that's all I wanted to say about this party. I had fun planning it and I love my little Calvin to the moon and back.