Eliot has his 8th birthday party on Friday, and I've realized I haven't posted about his last birthday party. So here goes.
It is so difficult having a December birthday. It is hard to find a time when friends are available to come to a birthday party. Many times we have moved Eliot's party with friends to another month. It helps spread out the gifts, too, so the boy is not inundated with presents in December and then hits a present drought for the rest of the year.
So we had his party in March. At the bowling alley. It was chaos. But fun.
Yeah, the whole party was like that. Boys running wild. But there was some bowling. Eliot even made two strikes.
He wanted a Pokemon party and for that I had help from my friend, Stephanie, who passed down some leftovers from her son's Pokemon party - plastic table cloths, banners, nametags shaped like pokeballs with pokemon on the reverse side, and pokemon bingo - which was very much appreciated as we waited for parents to pick up their kids (see the above reference to boys running wild).
The bowling alley had a "no homemade cake" rule, which was annoying. But Eliot liked his store-bought cake. He was very specific in wanting the pokemon Ho-oh on his cake, breathing out fire from the candles. The lady at the grocery store bakery wasn't so sure about "Ho-oh, go!", but she did it anyway.
I whipped up some very simple, unlined tote bags for the goodie bags. The fabric and bias tape handles all came from my stash. I cut up one of the plastic tablecloths and used it as an applique, which turned out to be some tricky sewing.
We stuffed the bags with some pokemon cards, pokemon marbles, and a cd of some of Eliot's favorite songs interspersed with pokemon music that Tim found on-line.
And speaking of goodie bags, I'd better get to work on the ones for this year's party. Back tomorrow with Aidin's birthday recap.