My oldest son turned 6 last week (How can that be?!!) and we had the best time celebrating him.
We got him a new skateboard for his birthday, which ended up only costing us $5 because of a thrift store score and a great friend who has the hook-ups.
On Saturday, we had a “ninja party”. Now I have nothing against Pinterest, in fact I love and adore it. But I do feel like sometimes Pinterest has a way of placing expectations on people (moms especially) to throw wildly fantastic parties with coordinating everything. I think throwing these parties is amazing and if that is your thing, then by all means, keep it up. I for one don’t have the time or energy to do that though, but I still think this party went off with a bang.
I bought ninja swords for all the boys (because this was an “all boys party”, yes…we’ve reached the age where girls are not allowed) as their go-home gift.
The boys ran around the backyard for a good hour or so, just pretending to be ninjas.
Then we stopped the play to have pizza (Thank you, Little Ceasar for your $5 goodness!)
I completely spaced about dessert, so planned to make ninja brownie cut-outs. The box I had only made an 8×8 pan, so I looked in my pantry and found some sugar cookie mix that I bought around Christmas time. I made ninja cut-out cookies (they kinda looked like murder site victims) and since I had a ton of frosting and sprinkles around the house (don’t ask), we had a last minute cookie decorating activity.
The boys played in the backyard for almost three hours with their swords, playing catch and finally Hide and Seek once it was dark. It was simple and absolutely perfect. And let me tell you, this age and the fact that we can have a “drop off” party (I love all my son’s friend’s parents, but sometimes just entertaining little people is easier).
I just want to say that Pinterest is wonderful, but sometimes all kids want is to run around with swords and eat lots of food coloring. And that’s what counts. ;)