So, what started out as a low key, just a few friends over party morphed (like it always does) into just shy of 30 people…with just as many kids as there were adults. If it weren’t for my mom and dad being there to help we would have never gotten it all set up in time. But…we did and Noah and his friends had a blast. I’m really enjoying entertaining in the new house!
We did a sports themed party this year. Noah waffled between another construction party and a sports party. He really only had two requests for his part – a piñata and cake. I showed him the baseball piñata and we were set. Sports it was…
I did a quick Pinterest scan for ideas and decided on food that you’d find at a sports game – mostly baseball. We had hotdogs with all the toppings, nachos, soft pretzels, popcorn and “walking tacos” (taco meat and toppings dropped into a bag of Doritos or Fritos). I added a few “off theme” things like “fruit bats” (kabobs) with dip, home made mac n cheese, potato salad and of course cake and cookies. We had waaaaay too much food but honestly, I’d rather have too much than not enough.
My mom was awesome in coming up with sporty names for each of the items – like World Series Potato Salad or Ball Park Hot Dogs and making little name plates to put in front of everything (I found paper at JoAnn that looked like basketball leather!).
The cookies were a simple sugar cooke with royal icing on top then I used a food marker to draw the designs for soccer, volley, basket and baseballs. I found clear plastic bags at JoAnn and closed them with a cool baseball sticker. I also used peach, orange and pear fruit cups and drew baseballs and basketballs on to of them as favors for the kids.
I had planned a few games but honestly the kids were too busy playing with all of the toys to really care. We had the piñata and that was enough I think.
The best part of the day I think was the cake time. I ordered a plain cake again like I did last year an this time I ground up graham crackers and crafted a volleyball net and then drew on a ping pong ball to make it look like a volleyball. Noah’s obsessed with sand volleyball and wants to play “like daddy” so I thought this would be a great cake for him.
DH and I were trying to figure out what I can grind up next year for his cake to continue the tradition (2nd bday was cookies for dirt on his dino cupcakes, last year was oreos for dirt for his construction cake, this year was graham crackers for sand…next year we’ll have to get creative)…
Anywho….I think everyone in the house was asleep by 8:30 that night but it was oh so much fun and I loved watching his face as we were singing to him and then later as he opened his presets and thanked all his buddies for coming.
Next year however, we’re totally outsourcing it…haha.