We hosted a grand 7th hurrah-of-a-birthday party here on Saturday...
I had 8 of these jpg images blown up at Kinkos for $1.98/ea. We are now keeping the 4 nicest ones to frame and hang in M and T's room. Party and room decor, to boot!
For posterity sake, here is a rundown of the OCD-mama/former teacher ninja party schedule. I knew if we were going to have almost 10 *boys* running around here, it required a strict timetable. In the end, our timing was perfect and we were glad to have some order amidst the (potential) chaos. Custer's dog bowl and spoon helped to "gong" the boys from one activity to another...
2-2:10 boys arrive/bounce house in garage
2:10-2:35 ninja training (moved indoors due to rain)
2:35-2:40 set-up with popcorn and lemonade for Ninjago
2:40-3:05 Ninjago movie
3:05-3:20 Ninjago "pin the golden weapon" game
3:20-3:35 Cake and ice cream
3:35-3:45 Present opening
3:45-4 Bounce House/Free play* **
*send boys home with candy in popcorn holders
**Mom and Dad need a drink! :)
All of our planning paid off and the party proceeded without a hitch... Most importantly, M had a great time, which obviously was the whole purpose!
Ninja brothers beforehand
The party begins...
Little ninjas get ready
The ninja master daddy--hilarious!
"Combination 1", led by tae-kwon-do ninjas M and C
Then it was time for Ninja Training Stations (props to GG): 1) "Ninja Stealth"--sneaking up the stairs, through a tunnel, down the other stairs, through a pop-up house, and back into the living room to pounce on pillow cushions
2) "Ninja Strike"--punching hanging bouncers with boxing gloves
3) "Ninja Kick"--practicing best kicks in the bounce house (and not on each other!)
After, it was time for a little ninja rest, complete with popcorn, and lemonade...