Drew loves the planning process just as much as the party, so we've been shopping and planning all the elements for several weeks now.
He helped in the kitchen
He helped with the crafts.
We had personalized wooden treasure chest for the kids to decorate.
Is there anything more fun than making a HUGE mess?....
He helped set up the activities.
Gator golf, digging for treasure (money) in the sandbox, walking the plank (board over a baby pool filled with rubber snakes)
Treasure hunt - my niece read the clues
Everyone got into the action
I did a little face painting too.
We had a popcorn and lemonade station set up outside. The kids loved that they could serve themselves lemonade.
And he had a lot of opinions about the cake. The cake didn't really turn out the way we hoped. It was a layer of cake, then rainbow ice cream, then Oreo cookies then cake again. I ended up decorating the top while the kids were eating lunch, so it was pretty simple design. Oh well, it tasted good!
The party favors we made were a huge hit!
Overall, the party was great. Drew was my assistant and loved every minute of it from planning to implementation.
We didn't spend a lot of money on this party, it was more of an investment of time and love. I think it's so worth while, because he truly appreciates it. At the end of the day, as we were eating our dinner he very seriously looked up at Matt and me and said, "Mom, Dad, I have something to tell you. Thank you so much for giving me such a nice party today."