Aidan's party was Saturday and after last year's Mario party I decided to keep it simple -- no fancy tables or stripey straws or buntings. Party planning is not my forte, and if I were to make buntings or themed food it would be for adults, not seven year old boys. This new philosophy makes me happy.
At the end of June I shared the invitations I mailed...
The party itself was nice and simple. Mike set up a spy training course for the kids to run through -- he timed them all the first time and then they played for a while more in it... it was definitely a hit! First up was the laser course through our kitchen...
Then the kids ran out through the garage and through the tire course (Dollar store swim rings), then practiced their grenade throwing accuracy (beanbags) before shooting Nerf darts onto targets and crawling through a tunnel to the finish line.
Lesson learned: boys like obstacle courses.
I made a bomb cake using a batter bowl and chocolate frosting (plus a frosted brownie bite on top + sparkler candles).
After cake, pizza and gifts, we walked a couple blocks to our neighborhood park, had a water balloon fight and played spy games. Easy, no fuss party... I liked it and so did the kids!
At the party's end the boys all graduated from secret agent training. They got spy sunglasses, ID badges (I took their photos when they arrived and made the badges while Mike ran the obstacle course), and their first mission assignments in the form of a candy bar.
The paper tied to the 100 Grand candy bar read, "Congratulations on
completing secret agent training... / Your next mission, should you choose
to accept it, is to dispose of this 100 grand... / (thanks for coming to
Here's the badge I made:
My boys spent the rest of the day running around telling me to freeze and to hand over the money... I'll take that to mean they had a good time!