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A few more shots from C's 5th birthday party. As I mentioned before, we had to change the location of the party at the very last minute due to rain. C seemed a little sad as we drove home from the park where we had planned to have the party. My husband and I tried to sound cheerful and explain how much fun we would have indoors at our house, but C seemed a little unconvinced. We had planned an obstacle course for the kids which we couldn't really do inside, but we did have some other ideas...

Like rocket balloons. Have you seen these? You blow up the balloons with the hand pump and then they fly around and make a crazy noise. We had planned on doing this at the park, where the balloons can fly high into the sky and then the kids have fun trying to catch them when they fall, but they are surprisingly fun indoors as well. Each child got a balloon and they would line up patiently while JR blew them up, then they would let their balloon go, watch it fly all around our living room, then grab their balloon and line up again. The first hour of the party was a bit crazy with these balloons going off in every direction.. but the kids were having SO much fun.

I had not planned many decorations, but I did make a simple sign by printing each letter out an one 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper, rounding the corners, and stringing them together. After the party, you can snip the string and stack the letters flat to use again.

We quickly unpacked all the food we had taken to the park: (clockwise from top) peanut butter and jelly finger sandwiches, star and moon cookies, potato chips, pineapple, pretzel sticks, veggies with dip, ham and cheese finger sandwiches, and some watermelon.

I love sugar cookies because you can customize them so easily to suit your theme. Blue stars and a few moons were perfect for our rocket ship party.

C wasn't so into the idea of wearing a crown, but I love having the birthday child wear something special, so we made a t-shirt with a big 5 on it. Freezer paper to the rescue.

More than anything C wanted a pinata at his birthday party. As we drove back to our house from the park, my husband was already thinking of a way to hang the pinata indoors. He is the perfect guy to have around in situations like this one. It involved a long 2x4, several clamps and carabiners, a rachet strap, and a lot of string. And looked something like this:

He hung the 2x4 from the upstairs balcony, securing it with a rachet strap, and stabilized it by putting the other end in our linen closet. The other end of the 2x4 stuck out over the balcony. The pinata was then fed through a carabiner and hung down at a height where the kids could reach it.

Then he had two strings attached to the pinata itself, one controlled the height of the pinata, and the other controlled how far out it swung from the wall. By moving both strings we could make the pinata swing out from the wall and the kids could swing to their hearts content without doing any damage to our house. (I would just like to add that I think my husband might be a genius.)

We made a little bag for each child to collect candy from the pinata. I made these the same time as the invitations, using some circle punches and more office paper.

And we added a few things to each bag: some red and white peppermints, a wind up walking robot (which for several minutes was more exciting for the children than their candy!) and some chocolate globes.

I know it wasn't the party we had planned, but kids aren't that hard to please. Friends, games, food, a little candy, and a cupcake = happy kids. Especially C, who told me it was "the best day EVER."

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Reader Comments (14)

This was spur of the moment? You are a rock star! :)

Love it all - incredibly adorable!

06.29.2009 | Unregistered CommenterOur Green Nest

I love this! What a lucky little boy. I really appreciate that you create such sweet, cool, kid-appropriate and not overly-styled projects.

06.29.2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

great party and very impressive pinata wrangling. only in southern california does it rain (or hit 102 degrees) when plans are for out of doors. happy day to C again.

06.29.2009 | Unregistered Commentermamie


06.29.2009 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

You are so talented, what wonderful memories you are creating.

'Childhood is a journey, not a race'

06.30.2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristie

love love love the idea. we did a ship party at around the same time for my son's 4th birthday. i'd love you to peak. love your blog.


06.30.2009 | Unregistered Commenterliza watson

Fantastic! I will be storing some of these ideas away for the upcoming birthdays in our house.

07.1.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeachMama

That LOOKS like the best day ever so I have to agree with C for that, and with you that your husband might be a genius. That was way more than clever. Love the party. : )

07.1.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRhiannonM

So cute Friend! What kind of paint did you use for the shirt? Just wondering if it will wash okay. Genius use of freezer paper. I will need to get some of that soon. We need to chat about NYC! We had a blast! Why did I wait so long to go?

07.1.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

This looks amazing! What a wonderfully creative mother you must be to have around!

07.3.2009 | Unregistered Commenterdomestikate

The punches are soo cute. I just love all the little details in your parties!

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10.10.2010 | Unregistered Commenterreplica watches

I came across your blog while shopping for a rocket pinata for my sons upcoming birthday party.... got some great ideas for his party! Thanks! I was wondering where you found the pinata? It looks huge! All the other ones I've found look to be about 20". Thanks again!

04.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartha

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