Wednesday, September 21, 2011

In search of.....

Tucker's birthday is coming up soon. Like, next month soon.

Last year we did the Chuck E. Cheese thing, which was a lot of fun but also a little crazy.

One of the great things about where we live are the options available if you have a fall birthday:
    Lots of indoor pools so you could have a pool party
    Kiddie cooking class
    Apple or pumpkin picking trip with hayride
    Bonfire (okay, not such a good idea for a bunch of sugared up first graders, but it would be fun for me)
    The zoo
    The Little Gym
    Monkey Joe's
The list goes on and on....

So when we asked Tucker what he wanted to do for his birthday this year, of course he said, "Chuck E. Cheese!"

It took some convincing, but we eventually talked him into not having his party at Chuck E. Cheese.  So what did he decide he wanted to do?  His actual decision was to play video games with his friends. The only thing about that is that to Tucker, it would be the most fun ever to have everyone watch him play, which wouldn't be fun for anyone else after about three minutes. Plus, he's a little too competitive and not such a good sport and I really don't want anyone (birthday boy or otherwise) to end up upset or in tears.

What we eventually talked him into is a Super Mario Brothers themed party.  We are going to rent the community center in our neighborhood and have food, games, and cake.

I started looking for ideas online and I found some great ones. But time and money are a factor, so Robert and I have been burning up the internet looking for the supplies we need at the best prices.  Let's hope this whole things comes together like we are hoping. We are taking it old school with the games, too. I hope the kids have as much fun as I'm going to have. It's hard to tell these days what will work and what will flop.

Wish me luck!


Nicole said...

That sounds great! I think we sort of "lucked" out in never starting the big kid party routine because when the boys were really small, we didn't have a lot of kid friends. So it was always just adults, family members and close friends, and a couple of cousins. It makes me life sooo much easier. I'm pretty sure we'll get to a point where we have no choice but to start the kid party thing, but I'm not pushing for it!

Daily Dose of Dahl said...

Same here, Nicole! Last year was his first 'real' birthday party with friends instead of family, and he turned 6. I don't think he'd really care as long as other kids were there too but we don't live close to any family and I don't want to drive 6 or 12 hours for a family party. LOL!