First of all, I found out that I posted the same baby twice instead of one of each of my friend, Ruth’s, twins! So I’ve fixed it now – one of each!
So, after the pancake toss, the great Cotton Ball Race was next. In this game, you hold a spoon in your mouth, and there’s a cotton ball on the spoon. You go as fast as you can with out dropping the cotton ball off the spoon, and once you make it around the bucket and back to your team, the next member goes until each person on the team has finished. Here’s some great photos the race:
The next event was the Jump Rope Contest! We divided the kids up by size/gender so there was room to jump – here’s some of the action:
The next event was the “triathalon” – not a three part event, but you had to have either three feet or three heads! This meant either you had two people with the legs tied together to make three feet, or one big person carrying two little people, making three heads – here’s some of the triathalon competitors:
The hoola hoop race came next, (it was on the driveway to get the kids out of sight while the treasure hunt riddles were hidden), and the treasure hunt was kids just running everywhere and massive confusion when the wrong riddles where in the wrong place…I still have no idea how I messed up so badly on that one! Then it was the invention game – each team found a bin of “stuff” at the end of the treasure hunt and had to create an invention that they had to “sell” to a group of judges. This was really fun and each team did a great job – here’s a few pics of that one:
And then while the BBQ was BBQing, Jeff led the kids in some really fun round of musical chair with his AWESOME guitar playing – he even had the kids count the beat to start (1, 2, 3, 4…)
After that, it was time to eat. Then after everyone had gotten a belly full – we had burgers, hot dogs, salads, chips, watermelon, vegies, juice, and of course Birthday Cake from Costco…Yum!!!
Lastly, we pulled out all the stops and had a great carnival, complete with a prize booth!
Then everyone went home with their goodies, we spent a while cleaning up (thanks to the VanderPols for helping so much with that). Also I want to thanks the moms who helped in the kitchen, the dad’s who played with babies, the moms who watched over Esther, and all the kids for being such great kids all day!
Phew! I think it took almost as long to post about this party as it did to host it! Not really, but there were soooo many great photos, that I just had to use lots of them!
Until next year!
PS – I’ve decided that next year, and subsequent years, will not be as elaborate and will definitely NOT be held on the day before we leave for camping! I do plan to have a theme for each party though – only 11 months to figure out what next years theme will be!