The event: Sam’s 7th birthday party
The theme: Army Party!
The ideas: Some were acquired by Internet searches, some just sounded like fun during the party planning.
Sam’s birthday is at the beginning of April, so weather in Wisconsin can be 80 degrees or 10 degrees. You just never know. This year, it was about 40 and overcast/partly sunny. It was raining/snowing all morning, so we didn’t know what to expect for the afternoon party. Either way, the party was going down, outside!
When the kids arrived, they checked in at the Army tent to get marked on the roster and receive their Army helmet and supplies, then off to face painting to get camo’d up. They were let to run around a bit and greet each other for a while, then, once the majority of the kids arrived, we started the activities.
Army crawl under a net…
Crawl through a ‘mud tunnel’, which was really just a princess tunnel covered with brown paper and held down with a sand bag.
Walk across a balance beam (not pictured).
Medical practice. One brave parent volunteered to be the patient and all the kids bandaged her up.
Egg carrying/toss. The kids were supposed to throw the eggs at a tree at the end of the cones, which they did for a few minutes. Then, one parent thought it’d be funny to have one of the kids throw the egg at him and he’d dodge it. That was fine, when it was 1 little girl throwing the egg, but once more kids saw what was going down, it was ‘game on’. See photo of parent fleeing while in hot pursuit by a group of bandit kids armed with eggs.
After the “egging” incident, it was time for the scavenger hunt. We didn’t capture any pictures of the scavenger hunt, though, in hind site, totally should have. We marched up the lane to the father-in-law’s house where we had placed clues through out his 50 acre woods. Each clue gave a hint to find the next clue, leading to a military prize box filled with prizes. The final box had a clue to head back to the main house to dig up the final prize, buried in the sandbox.
Once we got back from the hike through the woods, it was time for cake, ice cream and snacks and to warm up a little.
After cake and snacks, it was time to knock the Army Tank pinata around a bit. The tank was really cool, however, it had a week point. After 2 hits, the top part of the tank popped off and I had to re-attach the rope to the body of the tank. Shortly after that, one of the girls gave it a good crack and all the candy came falling down.
Birthday boy wearing the top of the tank as a hat.
After the pinata, it was squirt gun target practice.
Which then turned into squirt gun warfare… Water balloons were also brought out for target practice and that also turned into water balloon bombing, instead of target practice.
After the water fun, it was just about time for the 2 hour party to come to an end, but there was one last thing to do… The ticket blaster!
Last year, we built a ticket blaster (sort of like the ticket blaster from Chuck E. Cheese, but not as fancy) and it’s been in storage ever since. We brought it out again and it was a hit, again. It has a door and lights and air shooting around it like crazy. It works best in low light, as the colorful rope lighting adds to the effect, but its just fine mid-day too.
After the kids were done with the ticket blaster, the party was officially over, but as kids were waiting for their parents to show up, everyone gravitated back to the back yard for more fun. Some of the extra fun included TP’ing the club house and bandaging up kids.
Some random shots from inside:
Lizzy (our youngest, sister to bday boy) and her pal having fun with crazy glasses.
Overall, it was a success of a party. Everybody had fun, we had great helpers who stayed to help clean up and enjoy drinks and pizza afterwards. We’re already thinking of next year. We found a company that brings a laser tag setup to your house. Hmm, the possibilities!