6 Year Old Monster Truck Birthday Party

September 20th, 2010

Saturday was my son’s 6th birthday party. It was a crazy day. We had the party planned before we got our soccer schedule. Something to think about before I plan a party next year! We not only had soccer games Saturday morning, but pictures also! My 3 yr old had pictures at 8:30, my son had pictures at 9:20, 3 yr old had a game at 9:45, and my son had a game at 10. Top top it off, only one of us (between my husband and I) could go to the fields because of needing to get ready for the party. I ended up taking them out there and my mom helped (thank you!) – it was still crazy. We had to leave about 10 minutes into my son’s game, but at least his coaches put him out first so he could play a little.

We made it to the house with a little time to spare and change clothes for the party. My husband had followed my list I made him and had a lot of the decorations out and other things ready. The party was out back in the beautiful shade by the swingset. As people came up to the house there was a “stop light” like this one on our mailbox:

These are super easy to make. Just take a box from a soda 12-pack, cut off the top, blow up 3 balloons (red, yellow, and green) very small, and tape them inside the box in order.  Viola! A stoplight! We also had Monster Truck napkins, and checkered flag table cloths from the Party store.

Out back, we had a pile of dirt with dollar store monster trucks and tiny cars to “smash” waiting – total of about $5. This was a hit with the little boys and even the oldest kids (girls included) played with it at one time or another! Even better, we needed to fill some holes in the yard, so the dirt was really no extra cost!!

The kids also played on the swingset – and broke in the brand new disc swing installed the night before. We also have 2 other plastic climbers that were enjoyed by all ages. They had a blast!

After playing some, we set out the sandwich fixings, chips, grapes, and olive/pickle tray to eat on. All of this was my son’s choice of food for his party. It was probably just about as cheap as you can get for a party with this many people. We spend right about $100 for all the food, but we have half the cheese and lunch meat still leftover. I always overestimate on food! Anyway, it was the perfect lunch for the hot day!

The kids finished eating and went back to playing some more. Up in that last picture, you’ll notice the kids crowded around a small picnic table. You might be wondering what’s going on there. Well, a month or so ago, Walgreen’s summer stuff went 50% off. While cruising the aisle (because who can resist stuff that’s 50% off?), I saw a bubble machine and a large bottle of bubbles. I just knew our birthday parties would be oh so much better with that bubble machine. So, I splurged an extra $6.50 or so and bought the machine and extra bubbles. It was SO worth it, even for this one party. The kids went WILD!

After playing with the bubbles for a while, I set out the cakes. I started out making the Monster Truck cake. I found a racecar shaped cake pan at a garage sale for $1.50 (still had the $14 original sticker on it!). I baked it, along with a 9×13 cake. I cut a little here and added a little there and came up with the photo you see below (far right). Not the best, but it looked Monster Truck-ish! I had so much cake leftover, that I decided to throw together the first cake you see with the “scraps” and crumbled the brownies I had left on top. The monster truck on top was part of his gift, so I just stuck it up there. We got some pictures of my son with one of the cakes, and then with some of the kids. I wish I would have gone ahead and had all the kids come up for a picture. I think I’ll do that for future parties. It was too windy for the candles to stay lit, so we improvised. My son pushed the Monster Truck off the cake instead. Leave it to him and his friends to come up with that idea!  Happy 6th Birthday!!

Monster Truck Birthday Party Plans

September 9th, 2010

My son’s 6 year Birthday Party is coming up next weekend. He wants a Monster Truck Party. I’m a little excited about how it *SHOULD* turn out. I found a car cake pan at a garage sale for $1.50. I’m going to tweak it a little and use it for the top half of the Monster Truck. He originally wanted the Grave Digger, but I’m not a fan of black icing, so we’ll be doing his favorite colors instead. I might even throw a fake name and number on there.

I hope to get some checkered flag table cloth off the roll at the party store. I have napkins already but I think (yeah, I kind of need to take inventory) I have plates, but I’m fairly sure I need cups and silverware.  I bought little plastic monster trucks from the dollar store and I plan to get a dirt or sand pile for the kids to drive the trucks in/on. Maybe I’ll make some cardboard ramps/buildings for them to plan on and destroy!

The birthday boy wants to have a sandwich bar – easy enough! We’ll definitely “buy in bulk” for that and hopefully get a good deal that way. I know there are probably several things I’m forgetting right now. I’m overwhelmed right now with this birthday party and my 10 year highschool reunion the next weekend. It wouldn’t be so bad if I hadn’t offered to do the decor for the reunion! I’m just doing the center pieces, but…. we decided to do pictures and I haven’t received very many to go through. Oh well, I will have to improvise!

I’ll post again after the Birthday Bash and let you know how it went!



Hobby Lobby-Ad This Week

September 9th, 2010

Hobby Lobby’s ad this week shows art supplies and craft supplies on sale. This is a great time to get any of those items you’ve been needing for projects for yourself or for your kids. Also, it’s not too early to start thinking about Halloween costumes!!


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