This was a busy weekend. On Friday night, I had a Moms’ Night Out at the Olive Garden. On Saturday morning and afternoon, we attended the funeral of my Uncle Lowell. Today, we had Jack’s birthday party.
The date had been chosen to accommodate a few specific people, which had the effect of not accommodating another few people, thus officially canceling out the accommodations. One family actually delayed their travel plans by a day to attend the party. (Thank you!) We held the party at a local gymnasium. Several of our friends take gymnastics there.* We had about 20 kids and their parents attend.
The party theme was Transformers. Jack chose this theme a few weeks before his 4th birthday. My son’s a planner, all right. Jack dressed as Optimus Prime (a costume we had from last Halloween’s clearance sales). We had Transformer balloons (courtesy of eBay and Party City). We had a Transformers cake (courtesy of Cakes by Jen, Jennifer Sheridan). We did goody bags that were red and put in pink Rice Krispie treats, which we dubbed Energon Cubes. (That’s what Transformers eat.) Some of the kids got Transformers board books, some got Transformers activity books, some got Transformers Band-Aids, and some got something completely different. (The 2 older girls and 2 of my friends’ daughters who have specific likes.) We had them covered in Transformer stickers.
I think everyone had a good time. The kids played for an hour, then ate for about 15 minutes, then went to open presents.
The playing took place all over the gym. I think the biggest attraction was the foam pit, even for the adults. (One of my friends suggested that we get all of the adults into the pit for a picture, but I just wasn’t that organized today.) Jack liked the rope swing.
When it came to cake time, I was prepared! We had candles that matched the party’s colors (red and purple) and they sparkled. Jack’s friend Avery wanted to be a part of the action, so she hung out at the cake table with Jack while we sang. And, for the first time ever, I got a picture of my son blowing out his candles! Triumphant Mommy!
Because the candles sparkled, he did need a little help from an older friend. And they kind of blew a spark onto Avery. Oops! But I’m sure Avery forgave us because we gave her Strawberry Shortcake Band-Aids.
The opening presents got a little boring for the kids, well, except for Jack. Jack once again made out like a bandit. We have so many generous friends! Between the party and the packages that have been rolling in from friends and family over the last 2 weeks, Jack is the proud owner of 6 new Transformers, 24 colors of Play-Doh, 5 new books, a gift card to Barnes & Noble, a habitat for the Zhu Zhu pet he got for Christmas, 2 new Color Wonder sets, a dinosaur egg/volcano, 2 new games, a ukulele, a puzzle, a Star Wars vehicle, a Lego table, and a Boston Red Sox jersey.
I plan to do a separate post on Jack’s Transformers, that’s how many he has and how into them he is. Jack was very excited to get a gift card. I got a lot of gift cards for Christmas, and he felt left out. He understands that they’re essentially “money”. We may go to the B&N in Walnut Creek tomorrow. One friend gave him a $2 bill, which he wants to spend instead of save for the kitsch value. When we got home, Jack wanted Max to put together the habitat, then transform the Transformers. While Max did that, he and I put together the Lego table, which will be put to good use. (No more sitting on the bamboo floor sorting Legos, woo hoo!)
The party went well, everyone seemed happy. I tried to get a picture of everyone who attended. I think that some of Jack’s school friends we may not see again next year. The whole Jack going to Kindergarten thing is such a big change.
* Jack won’t take gymnastics again because he had a bad experience with gymnastics through the City of Antioch.