Friday was T’s 6th birthday and it also was the day of his birthday party!
This was the first year we invited his entire class, and I am so glad we did. What a fun time at the park with a LOT of new friends, some of their siblings (older and younger), and their parents, too.
T’s special day started out with a donut, continued through the school day (as indicated by the party hat), and carried over into pick-up with a balloon bouquet delivered by Grandma Beep!
We then took the party right on over to the park! As I mentioned above, T wanted to invite his whole class this year, so we did that and also invited family and a few other of T’s oldest and closest friends. He decided on the guest list this year, which was pretty great as it took a lot of the pressure off of me for that part of the planning. In fact, this year’s party was pretty pressure-free thanks to the more casual setting and some wonderful help from family and friends with setting up, picking up, and other assorted details (thanks again!).
Because of the larger list of friends, T and I decided that this was the perfect year to go with the easier and more casual park party. Maybe you remember those? If not, well, they go a little something like this: Pick your favorite park and playground; invite a lot of kids (these are great for inviting the entire class by the way); let them run around and play freely for a couple of hours; maybe gather everyone up for a party game or two; and serve snacks, drinks, and cake. I highly recommend a Friday sometime after school lets out yet before the dinner hour for less chance of interference into homework or other school night or weekend routines and activities.
Remember my saying for 2013, “Less is more”? Well, I think that T’s party embodied that message perfectly. I know T had fun, and I think most of his friends did, too. I know even some of the older siblings had fun… well, fun with the party favor air rockets anyway. By the way, I found those at Ralph’s if they still have any left from summer clearance. Just remember to launch them far and away from trees and rooftops, or have a willing person on stand-by to climb and retrieve your rockets (thanks again, C!).
T’s birthday fun didn’t stop with his party either. On Saturday, T went to his first ever sleepover! While I wasn’t there, I did get frequent updates, including a few photos. We finally decided that T was old enough at six-years-old for a one-on-one sleepover with one of his oldest and dearest friends. In fact, we’ve been friends with this entire family for about five years now; the mom (now one of my closest friends also) also used to babysit T when I had my paycheck job around the time he was one-year-old. Knowing T would be at a safe place with great people and a home he’s comfortable at and has been for most of his life made the decision that much easier for us, too. The boys all had a great time and they actually slept a solid 8-to-9 hours (not bad for a first time situation!). When I asked T what his favorite part of the outing was, he said, “Not having to have you come and pick me up in the middle of the night!” That was our favorite part also, T.
Happy birthday weekend, T! The party might be over, but the fun of being six is just beginning.
RMT’ers, have your kids slept over at a friend’s house yet? What criteria did you or will you use when deciding it’s the right time for this milestone event?