06/02/2016

It’s My Birthday! – Hosting a Boy’s Surprise Party

The best birthdays are when you get up at five because you cannot wait to open your presents and you get to wear a paper crown while distributing popsicles to the class. Luc turned six yesterday and it’s been an annual tradition to host a classic party. Tumble Jumble rented spaces with hand sanitizers at every station have been avoided since these are “winter” activity places. At least that’s how mom pitches it.

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This year Luc was vague about how he wanted to celebrate so I suggested postponing till after our trip to Italy (more to come on that). He liked the idea of an excursion event with a selection of friends. Chaperoning boys to a zoo may be an excuse to relive epic outings of yesteryear, I cannot go a birthday without planning a party regardless of end of the school year madness and an international trip to prepare for. The theme would be a surprise, literally, as I created a surprise party with three days till his birthday.

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It’s a secret surprise party so the best ways to keep it a secret when the guest list consists of 5 to 6 year old guests is to only let the parent’s know.

Limited time to plan a party is not as challenging when you have party boxes labeled with certain themes and then supplement with your favorite vendors. Meri Meri for their paper pieces is always a dependable choice. We also try to have a homemade birthday cake that we never made before. This year it was a Milky Way cake, which I lowered the degree of difficulty by using basic cake mix and adding melted Milk Ways into the batter and topping the frosting with colored candy and cut, bite-sized bars.

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Milky Way cake simplified with cake mix but spruced with candy toppings.

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The decoration of choice is buntings for bringing in color and festiveness. I essentially added them in every bare space inside and out.

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While traditional holidays have their expected menu with Luc’s birthday falling on June 1, just after Memorial Day, there is always seasonal watermelon and corn.

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There is also a handmade dish and something decadent from the bakery that I could never create in my kitchen.

The result? Luc was surprised and welcomed his 6th year with family and neighborhood friends.

 

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