Somewhere along the line 1st birthday parties became a big deal in this house. I didn't think I was going to do one for Wardie, since we just moved and all...but, as the time approached that thought made me sad, so I decided to go for it. It made for a great project during our long, summer days. Amos, Maggie, and Audrey were really excited to help.
We picked "Wreck It Wardie" as the theme, because we love Wreck-It Ralph, and, well, what 1-year-old doesn't "wreck it"?
The theme totally lends itself to a great party, so, without further ado, the details...
**Note: this will all make a lot more sense if you've seen the movie. If you haven't seen it yet, stop reading and come back when you have ;) **
The party took place at "Game Central Station":
One of the activities we had before the movie was a "build your own Sugar Rush racer" station. It turns out those things are a lot harder to make than it looks, but we still ended up with some awesome creations. Plus, who doesn't want to play with massive amounts of treats?
Outside we set up a "wreck it" station where the kids could put on the Ralph hands and knock down the blocks. I think they had just as much fun stacking them back up.
And, of course, Ralph was there.
Since the main activity of the party was the movie, the food was fairly easy. Lots and lots of candy with a veggie tray and some turkey wraps thrown in. Oh, and popcorn.
I am so sad I didn't get a picture of it all set-up, but we projected the movie in the back yard on a big screen. Eric even hooked up surround sound. It was super cool. We're definitely going to have to have lots of outdoor movie nights next summer. Also not pictured, we dropped mentos into coke bottles (like in the movie). The kids got a thrill out of that.
This was definitely a bittersweet experience. It made me painfully aware of how homesick I am for the dear friends we made in Utah. They really became our family over the years. It didn't seem right to celebrate without them. But, at the same time, I know this was what I needed to do to start making a new friend family here.
That's it for my final "1st birthday" spectacular. I've had a good run...