Red's specific request was to BE a dinosaur in her party. Whether that involved a melt-underneath-thick-Barney-costume, or full-on body painting, she didn't care. As long as she was a dinosaur. I was being merciful when we settled on face-painting and a dino-head. She really gets into character as an awesome miniature!
Roo, on the other hand, was feeling VERY social. When I had asked her to list out people she wanted to invite to the party (I advised 8-10), she gave me a 30+ kids strong list. Two parents each, sometimes a sibling or two, her guest list started to feel like a wedding banquet! Had to sit down with her to get to a fairly decent number she can be happy with. We still ended up with 18-ish kids.
I got fixated on sand. Just had to have it, and was tickled by the idea of having our own sandpit. With H's help, it got done -- and with minimal criminal activity involved. I still wonder though, if I'd been caught taking a bagful of sand from East Coast on my birthday, would I have been arrested?
Delegated more this year, and simply helped the kids execute some ideas that tickled. Images from the party and preps. Will let the images tell the story! :)
|Identifying the dinosaurs, so we can pretend to be experts|
|Preparing to freeze the dinosaurs. Ice Age! :)|
|Washing the dinos and trees that will go into their cake...|
|Roo and Red decorated their own cake!|
|"Today's going to be SOOOOO awesome!!!"|
|Cheatsheets, and baby Tyrannosaurus footprints|
|ICE AGE: Free your frozen dino, then identify it, so you can keep it.|
|Lots of smashing involved. I had hoped they would soak the ice in water, or some other slow method.|
|Briefing from our ranger|
|Littler ones go first...|
|DINO DIG: Find, identify, keep.|
|DINO ART: Chalking the pavement|
|Facepainting with Diana Ruth from ChubbyFairy|
|So happy with her bad*ss facepaint! Love that she's a bit of a boy.|
|Roo, just soaking up the love from her friends. Just a happy smile!|
|Wishes and candle blowing!|
|Friends helped us distribute cake!|
|Apparently, it's quite fun for them to help us bag us the sand. Clean up is play!|
|Not allowed to go home unless they can identify the dinos in their buckets! :) Final review.|
|Mission Accomplished: Tired (but happy) angels.|