Jack asked for strawberry cake with chocolate frosting so I found some recipes. They both turned out pretty to be pretty tasty!
I made lightsabers out of foam pool noodles and some duct tape. Actually, Pat made the lightsabers. I envisioned a big lightsaber battle in the back yard but mostly there were occasional duels. These were also the parting gifts for all the kids along with some Lego shaped candy that I found at a candy store. You can build with it and then eat it!
A couple hours before party, I texted everyone to bring bathing suits. It was really hot so we set up the slip’n’slide.
|The boys were having fun with Jack’s car wash|
Pat worked the grill to cook burgers and dogs. I picked up some fresh corn on the cob from the farmers market, made a broccoli salad, sliced up a watermelon and made some lemonade to complete dinner. Simple, easy and delicious. Especially since Pat did the grilling.
We also had a pinata. I wish I could capture how Jack says it. It’s very enunciated – pin – yata. I guess I have no pictures of it. Jack wanted a Death Star. My original plan was to find a soccer ball pinata and paint the white spots grey. But the party store had a disco ball that happened to look like a Death Star…maybe just a little bit shinier! Pat filled it with Star Wars fruit snacks and the kids took turns pulling strings until it spilled its goodies. (I originally had no idea that you have to fill your own pinata.)
We sang a little happy birthday tune and Jack blew out all his candles.
And I couldn’t not post this picture of Casey and her beautiful smile as she gets ready to eat her cupcake.
I was tired (and so was Jack) by the end of it but I told Pat it was my favorite birthday party that we’d had. The next morning Jack said, “I’m really lucky that all my friends got me such great presents! We’ll have to send them thank you notes.”