Saturday, December 18, 2010

All Aboard!

When Micah first told me that he wanted a Polar Express birthday party, I tried to talk him out of it. It seemed like a really random party theme. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how great it would be. I printed out some golden tickets, invited the kids to come in their pyjamas, and served hot chocolate. And having everything decorated all Christmas-y fit in perfectly with the theme. I just might see if I can convince Micah to have a Christmas-related theme every year...

Tickets, please! Tickets!


We started off the party with a foam sticker Christmas craft - a la Target.


I put all the "goody bags" (mini-stockings filled with treats) in a box and wrapped it up at least 15 times. We passed it around, hot-potato-style, and I loved the boys' reactions every time they unwrapped a layer to find even more layers of paper :)


Micah and I created this snowy light-fixture for the party...


Simple cupcakes... but cute :)




"Cheers"-ing their hot chocolate...


For the last bit of the party, we put the Polar Express on and served popcorn twists and juice boxes.


6 boys out of the 9 that we invited were able to come. All of these boys are in Kindergarten together. This was my first time hosting a full-on drop-off-your-kids-and-pick-them-up-later kind of birthday party, and it went pretty smoothly. Not having the other moms around actually made it less stressful (I wasn't so worried about the little details maybe). It did get a little bit wild and crazy by the end, but Erik and I were able to keep everything under control until the parents came back. I call that a success!

7 comments:

rachel joy said...

What a great theme! I agree that it's less stressful without extra parents! And I guess our boys are now at the age where it's more expected to just drop and go.

matt&ruth said...

Sounds so fun! I love all of you ideas and how everything fit so well together!

Rosanna Toews said...

Everything looks so festive! I love that Micah is wearing the Christmas Tree hat :) And Silas on the carpet in front of all the big boys... SO CUTE!

kelly ens said...

great theme Jamie - and the goody bags are so great! :)

Bonnie said...

What an awesome birthday theme! And I DID notice your emphasis on the (french-sounding) 'Target.' ;)
Looks like a birthday success indeed!

Trev and Rebekah said...

Looks like another great party

the Dees fam said...

What a GREAT idea for a party! Looks like it was a blast!