Sunday, April 20, 2008

Birthday Bash

Just for the record let me state that throwing a birthday party for five-year-old boys is not the same as a birthday party for five-year-old girls. It's like the difference between a 4.0 scale earthquake and a 6.0 scale earthquake.

We threw a party for our middle boy yesterday, and invited four friends. We've had several of these boys over before, but never at the same time. Seemingly mild-mannered kids suddenly become loud, energetic, and lose all attention spans. Fortunately it was only an hour and a half. We managed.

Special thanks goes to my sister who sent us a "Here Comes A..." series DVD a few years ago for Christmas. We had a firefighter theme for the party, so "Here Comes A Firetruck" was perfect. About half an hour before the end of the party things were quickly spiraling toward a five-way tantrum, so we pulled out the DVD as our ace in the hole.

Worked like a charm. They sat still and quiet for twenty minutes. It was great! Saved our sanity and possibly the party. Thanks, Sis!


Annette said...

You're welcome. Remind me of that idea in July, will you? Gabriel is already "writing" invitations to his birthday party. He was ready to start handing them out to all his friends at church today. It could be along three months.

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean! Walter is alrady planning his NEXT party.
If you need ideas for Gabriel's party, let me know. I can't remember the name of the book right now, but we got it from the library and it has cool ( and easy and inexpensive) ideas for kids' parties.