Operation Birthday Party took place this weekend. Still can’t quite believe he is nine years old! In order to celebrate this momentous event, a birthday party involving spooky decorations, monster cupcakes, brain jelly, bowling, Wii dance off, movie time, simulated rollercoaster rides and a total balloon massacre took place!
First stage is all the party prep – the shopping, cake making, decorating. Lots of fun!
The party got started thanks to some bowling action at Kingpin Darling Harbour – we had team Clashing Bowlers (the Welshman, Boyo and two mates) vs Team Awesome (me and three mates). I’m not quite sure how it happened but I won my round. Biggest insult of the day was when Team Clashing Bowlers told Team Awesome “I can’t believe you’re being beaten by a girl. And she’s a MUM!”. Stern words were delivered! Team Clashing Bowlers lowest scorer beat Team Awesome’s highest scorer, but the spirit of everyone trying their hardest eventually won the day. Post the few stern words, obvs.
Next stop was Party Central – our house – which was transformed with spooky spiderwebs, zombies, cauldrons, skull candles. Contrasted nicely with the other theme of the day, which was lollies and yellow, Boyo’s favourite colour. We had sweet covered Dylan’s Candy Bar paperware, robot takeaway boxes, yellow balloons and yellow bunting. Oh, the theming was going off! In completely different directions.
Boyo and his mates entertained themselves by having a balloon fight, playing with the awesome new Micro Chargers mini cars and track, a Wii dance off (which was HILARIOUS!) and various other boy games.
Next up – FEED THE HUNGRY BEAST! The more running around, the more tired they get, and also the more hungry they seem to get.
Individual takeaway boxes of crispy snacks, mini hot dogs, party pies and sausage rolls, individual lolly cups. Kept it old school. Worked a treat!
Birthday cake and it’s time for Boyo to make a wish. I made a wish too. I wish that he will live a long and happy life, continuing to be fiercely independent and determined not to swim with the crowd. I wish for him love – and a few tears, so he appreciates the love all the more.
Boyo really, really wanted a party at home so he could have a pinata. He apparently has wanted one since he was very little – first we’ve heard of it, however. So, a pinata was procured, filled with far too many sweets and whacked to within an inch of its life.
There were also truly awesome party bags, which I completely forgot to photograph. They had Ninjabread men cookie cutters, Pop Rocks, Seed Candy bubble gum, Stinky Stickers, glowsticks, sweeties, Mario Kart Pez dispensers … et al.
After the party, it’s time for the cleanup. Thank heavens for paperware, but there’s a little tidying and laundry to be done. Six rampaging boys were surprisingly tidy. They picked up every single piece of 30 popped balloons and, funnily enough, every single sweet that fell out of the pinata too!
One of the best things about a party? LEFTOVERS!
Tips for a fab older kids party:
- Don’t organise too many activities. They were exhausted after one game of bowling!
- Keep it simple. We have an eight seater car, so we invited five kids. Enough for two lanes of bowling.
- Be flexible – we got a refund for the other game of bowling and they each had two turns on a “rollercoaster simulator” ride. Spend the extra cash on vodka. You may need it at the end of the day.
- Feed them and water them constantly. They think they’re hungry when they’re actually thirsty.
- Individual servings of chips and sweets in little boxes and cups worked really well. Because they had their own servings, I think they actually ate fewer treats, rather than grabbing handfuls from big bowls to make sure they got some.
- Old school playing is lots of fun. Cars on tracks and good old running around did the trick.
- When they got tired, they sat down with a movie and various devices and shared beautifully.
- When you get a bunch of 8-10 year old boys together, there will be fart, poo, wee and burp jokes. Probably quite a bit of plain old burping and farting too. There will be noise. Much noisy noise. Deal with it. The more you protest, the more they will do it.
- Put away any really breakable things or toys you don’t want to be played with.
- Set up “play stations”. A group of figurines and the castle. Fully charged devices. A box of LEGO. Give them options.
- Just have fun! A birthday party is for the parents too – you’re celebrating that you made it this far!
My little baby boy is now a big NINE YEAR OLD in Year 4. I’m still not quite sure how this happened. It really doesn’t feel like it was that long ago when we were dealing with nappies and breastfeeding and toilet training and the first day of preschool.
Now, he’s an awesome dude with his own style (and his own Instagram hashtag #BoyoStyle), a mohawk do and an addiction to Vans. He is a skater boy who has to be told by his skate teacher dude to slow down! He’s got some great little mates, is doing well at school and is very funny. We have so much fun as a family – he’s great company.
He is mad for Pokemon and loves to communicate (read, just does not stop talking). I just wish I knew what he was talking about most of the time. He speaks a foreign language , I think, involving various games, toys, books and TV shows. That’s OK. I speak fluent Shoe and I think I’m the only one in my house who understands that.
Happy birthday, Boyo. I love you lots, Bubba Chops x