As our friends have been turning 40, we have been throwing and attending lots of surprise parties in the past two years. After a late December surprise party, Dane said, "I want to have a surprise party." I stored that in my memory bank. Ca-ching!
So, 2 months later the wheels were in motion! We planned a Surprise Pirate Party for Dane's 7th birthday. On Friday night (the night before the party) Dane went to spend the night with Nanny after the Talent Show. We came home and immediately got to work! We decorated and did as much prep as we could till 11:30pm. At 8:00am the next morning we were up again working as fast as we could! And we made it!
The guest began arriving at Noon. At 12:15 to the minute, Nanny, Nana, & Dane pulled up. Everyone stepped out of sight in the living room. Dane came in first and saw the tables and decorations in the front room. He said, "Ummm..." I hollared, "Dane come into the kitchen. I have something to show you." As he walked into the room everyone yelled, "surprise!!!" His mouth dropped open and then he scrunched up his face. He looked around at all his friends dressed like pirates, turned, and ran up stairs. It was funny. He didn't know what to do so he bolted!
I went up after him. He was in his room just standing there looking bewildered. I told him this was the surprise party he had asked for and all his friends were here. I told him I had his pirate outfit waiting in my room. So he came down. He took it all in a second time and then went to change.
From there the party took off. We played several rounds of "Unwrap the Layered Gift," followed by lunch. The lunch menu was hot dogs, chili, chips, blue jello cups (with gummy octopus on top), grapes and drink pouches.
After lunch we played "Pen the Eye Patch on the Pirate." Then we took the party outside. (Hooray for great weather!) We had a treasure hunt to find 6 bags of "booty" to fill their treasure bags.
We played "Grab the Bacon," too.
Then the best game of all- FOOD FIGHT! We had three trash bags full of hot air popped pop corn. Everyone got a cup full to start and then could run to the bags placed around the yard for a refill. What fun!!! No one was immune. If you were in the backyard you were fair game! Yep, that means the adults were targets too... and most of them started throwing it right back! When it was over it looked like it had snowed again!
After all that fun we came inside for cupcakes and presents. Dane had mentioned he wanted a sparkler candle after seeing one at Mason's last birthday party. So I got a sparkler 7 plus six blue candles.
We sang, he blew out the candles, we added ice cream, and everyone sat down to eat. Then Dane opened gifts. He got some great gifts from everyone!
In the end Dane reported this as being his 2nd best birthday ever. The Chuck E Cheese party still holds the #1 spot in his world.
Remember all that popcorn? The birds cleaned it all up for us! How tweet!
See the posted slide show below for more pictures from the fun party! Arrgggh, Matey!