Before I became a momma I was an event planner (among other things). I planned large conferences and incentive trips plus numerous small, not-so-much-fun-to-plan, events.
So, the one thing I really, really enjoy doing for my kids is planning their birthday parties.
Now, before I go on, I want you to know I don’t do these parties to be all showy and obnoxious-mom like. I do these because I have 5 kids and consequently their individual time with me is very limited. Planning a party for them is something I get to do with them – alone, and for them – alone. Plus I love it!
We have a blast planning their parties. We start about two months out coming up with a theme. Except for my son who is always planning his birthday party. Then we research games, activities, decorations and food. We create a Pinterest board and peruse the Oriental Trading Magazines. That’s all part of the planning stage.
Then we enter the creative stage – my favorite! This is where we make anything we need for the party. Loads. of. fun.
Finally, (and this is the part I usually do on my own so they can be surprised) I decorate. Now that I have thoroughly explained why I do this, let’s get to the fun and see our Olympics Birthday Party…
The invitations were made to look like the Olympics torch. Each invitation was made from gold craft paper that we rolled into a cone and stuffed, red, orange and yellow tissue paper in the top for the flames. The gold torch handle was held together with a personalized sticker. When the invitee pulled the tissue out there was a piece of paper inside with the party information.
We placed a welcome banner at the front door, a happy birthday banner near the table where they ate, and balloons throughout. Our colors were red, white, blue, green and yellow.
As each guest arrived they were handed a colored bandana that denoted their team and a water bottle with their name on it.
As the girls arrived they were escorted to the deck where we had some music to dance to and a drink and snack station. The snack station included granola bars, energy drinks and fruit. This was left for them to snack on and replenish their drinks during the games as well.
Activities and Games:
We held individual and group competitions. Our individual competitions included: backbend, somersault and cartwheel. The Team competitions included: a team cheer, sack race, wheelbarrow race, three legged race and an obstacle course.
We concluded the games with an Olympic-style closing ceremony. We handed out team and individual medals (making sure everyone earned at least one). Since we had three teams we had a gold, silver and bronze overall team award. We had the girls stand in their teams and sing the National Anthem. Immediately after the anthem finished we capped the ceremony with some (small) fireworks.