"Let's have a ball" is what I wrote on the homemade football invitations I made for Nathan's party. I love using things I already have on hand, which allowed me to spend less than $10 total on food and other supplies for the party. For the invitations, I cut out football shapes from brown construction paper, and then used a white paint marker to draw the lines and stitches.
Because of our employment at the college, we have access to campus facilities such as the gym/rec center. I thought that would be a perfect location for a football/sports party. My plan was to have a couple organized games, then let the kids just run and play, and end with cake and juice.
For the first game, I put together a pin the football on a field goal game that I found here. Then we did an egg hunt. I remembered seeing Easter eggs last spring that looked like footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, and baseballs, and I was able to cheaply order a couple dozen on Ebay. I put a couple Skittles in each one, and we hid these in a large area of the student center. I used the footballs from the first game to label a paper sack for each kid to collect eggs. They could collect one of each of the 4 kinds of balls. I hid four eggs for Natalie, too, and hers were all pink. =)Eric took over the next portion, which was fun to observe, especially since his dad retired a couple years ago from being an elementary P.E. teacher! The kids had a great time throwing balls, and playing a variation of dodgeball. They even created their own racing game!
After everyone was sweaty and tired, we sat down for juice and football cake, and then Nathan opened his gifts. We still had time to play, so I corralled everyone for a game of Duck, Duck, Goose, which is a favorite of Nathan's. The kids thought it was hilarious to call me the goose!
I found it quite humorous to be planning a football-themed party since that is one of my least favorite sports. The things we do for our kids, right?! =) But I had fun thinking through all the details, and I'm glad Nathan had a good time.
So I just gave you the details of Nathan's party, but they only tell part of the story. The truth is that I didn't have so much fun at this shindig. Despite our best efforts, things felt chaotic, and there was a lot of selfishness being demonstrated. I wrote out some more observations last night when I was feeling the aftermath, but upon reading them again this morning, they sounded whiny albeit accurate. So there may be a post on that subject at some point if I'm able to articulate my thoughts a little better. I do know that we will take last night into account when planning future birthday celebrations. And that's a good thing, I think.