My son’s birthday is in December. This last year he turned 9. If there’s one thing I’ve felt since becoming a parent and and having left the 365 days of sun in California for more seasonal states, it’s that I might never host an outside birthday party for this child.
That’s alright, our other kid has his birthday in the other extreme: August. We usually let our December boy help out with the plans so he can get the best of both worlds.
Having his birthday parties in the past have been hit and miss. There were times where many had to cancel at the last minute due to contagious illness or weather conditions. So I’ve adapted and learned to watch the weather, invite many, and have a back up plan.
This post is not about the hardships of a winter birthday. It’s about STARS (insert mystically music).
This last December, I decided to host a “Classic Movie Night” themed birthday party. My son loved it! I didn’t have to think of any games (which I’m really bad at planning) and we got a chance to invite our grown-up neighbors and get to know them while the kids watched the movie.
We made nifty invitations in the fashion of a movie event gala. I sort of wanted it to have an Oscar Party feel about it. Being that it was a Classic Movie Night for 3 to 12 year olds, we offered these three choices for a feature presentation:
- A Christmas Story
- Home Alone
- Jurassic Park
I don’t know how it happened but, in the midst of a Christmas season, “Jurassic Park” won.
Then it was time to get the party gear…
We chose the colors of Black, Gold, and Red for balloons, plates and platters.
To give it that “Red Carpet” feel we bought, well, a Red Carpet.
And what is a movie theater without a Concession Stand?
I printed up voucher tickets for the kids to turn in for their share of Popcorn (served in popcornesque boxes) and other treats.
Fruit Roll Ups (sugar)
Rice Krispies Square Mix (sugar)
Twizzlers (more sugar)
Now you know why I came up with vouchers: Management of Sugar
And of course you gotta have chopsticks for those.
We set up the living room as best we could to contain 10 kids as they watched the movie, chatted it up, and shuffled back and forth for goodies.
So why is this post about STARS???
Well, to enhance the magical, glittery feeling of going to a premiere of a classic movie, I purchased about a million little shiny gold and black STARS! And I sprinkled them all over the red carpet in our wood floored foyer for easy clean up later.
I can still remember what they look like… And that’s because I’m still finding them. EVERYWHERE.
On my socks
On my butt
In the couch
On the kids
In the shower
In the Washing Machine
In the Dishwasher
Under the Rug
In the Basement
In the Vaccuum (though I’ve emptied it numerous times since then)
It doesn’t bother me one bit, actually. It’s a pleasant reminder of the great time we had. Luckily we don’t have any babies, dogs or cats who like to nibble on the such.
Hey, there’s a party game we can play in August: Find the STARS.
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What are you finding here and there from long ago? Share it in a comment below!