I had originally planned a bunch of labor-intensive, pirate-themed games. But as the party got closer and closer, my level of caring decreased dramatically. On top of that, because there was no outdoor play space, I had to make some changes to the games.
So my fancy pirate ship bouncy house turned into a cardboard box full of balloons. Which, by the way, the kids LOVED. It was 100% giggling chaos. The "big kids" even got into it.
I pulled out our building blocks and had the kids build towers for the babies to knock down. Then we used to blocks to contruct a "plank" and the kids took turns "walking the plank."
I made three different homemade pizzas: bbq chicken, pesto hawaiian, and thick crusted pepperoni and olives. We also served a mountain of sweet and spicy meatballs (cranberry sauce, sweet chili sauce, sauerkraut, and brown sugar). There was also plenty of appetizers and snacks, my personal favorite. We had a massive chocolate cake from Costco (best cake ever!). We will be eating leftover cake for the next three weeks as it served 48 people-- the only size available.
My favorite part of the day was watching my sweet Ryan dig into his birthday cake. He hated it. every time he took a bite he made this face:
But he still managed to get it all over his face.
My sweet neice who is four days older than Ryan:
This one is my favorite. It looks like they are laughing about a secret.
Uncle Mike making the babies laugh: