Monday, February 14, 2011

Pulling off a Birthday Party for a Tween Boy

I guess it comes more naturally for me to plan Haley's birthday parties because I was once her age and I like the things girls like and it just more natural.

However, it just doesn't seem right for Cody to have a party any less than spectacular than his sister's. For the last two years I have really racked my brain and asked him for his ideas on what he wanted! When he turned 11 we through a 70's, 80's, 90's birthday party. I know we have 3 decades in there but it made for an awesome party!

Yes that is me all dressed up 80's style rocking it out with all of Cody's friends( and yes with super dark hair)! We had everyone dress up in their best 80's dress! Even the adults had the best time getting into theme of the party!

Cody and Haley's outfits were easy to make with some paint and paint brushes in the back yard. They laid the shirts on the ground and just splattered the pain all over them and then let them dry.

I ordered bead necklaces 33" 7 mm Purple Mardi Gras Beads in all sorts of different colors to give out to all the kids!  I also ordered shutter shades just like these 12 Pairs of 80's Shutter Shade Sunglasses - Party Favors which were a huge hit with adults and kids alike!We bought some disco balls Rotating Disco Ball Light - 7x8.5" turned the lights down low and danced all night long!

For Cody's 12th birthday he wanted a party that was all about playing video games especially XBOX 360! At first I thought this will be easy! Uh no I was totally wrong! It was much harder to put this party together than the last. But I was on a mission!

Cody doesn't like cakes like most kids, he will eat them but no icing and he would much rather have candy, brownies, or cookies.

So I have to say I am proud that I actually did make all of his food and cookies! I would say that by nature I am not a very crafty person but having 2 kids that I love more than anything and want to make so happy and make happy memories sure does test my creative limits!

Because it was going to be difficult going with just one game system we decided to make it a video gaming party! I made these cookies of controllers and characters from different video games.

I used sugar cookie dough and then made homemade buttercreme frosting to frost the cookies. I used jellybean like candies and cut them in half to make the decorations on the cookies.

Since Cody loves chocolate chip cookies we went with a giant cookie cake we made at home (FYI do not spread the cookie dough to the edge of the pans because it will expand trust me I ended up vaccuming burnt cookie out of my oven lol). I then took the buttercreme icing and put green food coloring to made the green symbol of the on/off switch of his XBOX.

At the drink center I made sprite with jello mixed in (Cody says this is awesome so I did it) and we also had individual drinks and I printed out labelsfor the drinks as well to just bring the theme together even more!  The kids are huge fans of Jones Soda so I bought some green ones to match his theme Jones, Soda Green Apple, 12-Fluid Ounce (24 Pack).
I wish the picture showed it better but we moved the couches and brought 2 T.V.s down stair with the big screen and had 3 different game systems going so all the kids could participate with the gaming fun!

The party seemed to be a big hit and I hope it created memories for years to come!

1 comment:

  1. I totally see this theme in my boy's future!! I love the cookies!! Vacuuming your oven! haha, so something I would be having to do! :)