On Tuesday, Adam turned 4. When I had asked him who he wanted to invite to the party, he promptly named four boys in his preschool class. I pressed to see if he wanted anyone else, maybe some of the girls, but he said, “No, no girls. They’re not my friends. Just the boys.”
Well alrighty then. Since he’s been learning his letters in school and is always asking me questions like, “What does A start with?” I thought would be fun to do a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom themed party. We’ve read the book (all about letters climbing up a coconut tree) and I thought we might do a cute little craft, or play alphabet bingo. However, a weekend bout with strep got the best of me and party plans got dramatically scaled back.
The morning of, I managed to bake some sugar cookies, cut them into alphabet letters, and prepare some icing for each kid (put in separate cups to eliminate fighting/germs sharing). We also raced out to the party store to pickup a table cloth and some balloons.
(Pretend like he’s happy, because I promise, he was).
Cake was chocolate (from a Trader Joe’s box mix). It looked and smelled delicious, but I did not indulge. I thought we should have some clever alphabet theme to the cake, but Adam insisted on a dinosaur, so that’s what we went with (with a coconut tree thrown in for momma’s sake).
Food was super low frills — I figured 5 boys at 2pm didn’t need much, just a few healthy options, plus some letter cookies (of course) and chocolate cat cookies (again from Trader Joes).
I did not plan out any games, figuring the boys would have fun running around. I figured right. They found all the various dress-ups in our house and armed themselves with swords, pirate hats, guns and whatever else they could find and ran hither and yon “getting bad guys.” We moms enjoyed a chance to sit and chat.
Here’s a group shot of the fun bunch. Getting them to sit still for a photo op was a chore!
After a while, the boys became more and more interested in the dining room goodies, so we moved into there for our one planned activity.
Everyone got snacks and a plate with three sugar cookies in the shape of the first letter of their name. They also got their own frosting to decorate their cookies. I had some sprinkles to share as well, but I tried to keep control over those so it wasn’t over the top. All the boys had a great time decorating and were proud of their creations.
Then it was time for cake and singing happy birthday!
We had just enough time to open presents before kids needed to go so moms could pick up big kids from school.
Each boy got to go home with two balloons and any leftover cookies he didn’t eat. A good time was had by all and it was definitely one of the simpler and easier parties I’ve hosted.
Often, I labor for hours on details that really only matter to me. This time, with help from my sickness and good ole “third-child syndrome”, I think the level-of-effort-input-to-enjoyment-output ratio was just right!