This past weekend, we held The Goose’s sixth birthday party. Last year, we had his party at Chuck E. Cheese, and while it was fun, it was a lot less memorable, and not quite as fun as he expected. So he decided that this year he wanted to have his party at home.
We spent a lot of time talking about he wanted to do at his birthday. He wanted a bounce house, water balloon fight, birthday cake pops, bobbing for apples, pizza, hot dogs, techno music, black olives, tomatoes, bacon ranch pasta salad and a pinata. Obviously, he had high expectations, so we had to pare them down a bit. This is what we decided on.
For The Goose’s fourth birthday, we rented a rocketship bounce house and he absolutely loved it. So that was the very first thing he asked for when we decided to have his party at home this year. I searched high and low for a bounce house that worked with our Minion theme, and finally found one at Joker’s Entertainment in Redford. Best of all, the Minion bounce house was less expensive than the house we rented a few years ago, and it was delivered and set-up for us, so we didn’t have to do any of the work.
Every year, The Goose asks for a Pinata. We had one at his party last year, but it was too small and a lot of the smaller kids didn’t get any candy. So this year, we decided to make a homemade pinata. Our homemade pinata was much bigger than any store bought pinata I’ve seen, and held a LOT more candy. Plus, once the pinata was opened and the bigger kids pounced on it, we threw a bit more candy on the ground for the smaller kids, to make sure that everyone got candy.
The Goose wanted to make sure that everyone got a balloon to take home when his party was over. We decided that instead of making favor bags, we would attach each of the balloons to a Minion Grab & Go PlayPack from Target. The PlayPack has stickers, crayons, and a coloring book. We also had Minion trinkets for the kids to take home, including Minion slinkys, tops, mazes and tattoos.
The Goose originally asked for birthday cake pops, instead of a traditional birthday cake. And, while I don’t mind making pops, they can be time consuming. Especially when you’re expecting a lot of people. So I was thrilled when he agreed to having Minion cupcakes instead. The cupcakes were easy to make, I just used food coloring to tint vanilla frosting yellow, bought candy eyes, and used black frosting to make the face and glasses. I’m not artistic by any stretch, but I was able to make the cupcakes with not problem (other than a sore hand from squeezing the tube of frosting). The Goose even helped decorate them!
When I was looking for decorations for the party, the first place I looked was Amazon. They always have a lot of cute and affordable stuff, and I am never disappointed. Plus – I don’t even have to step foot in a party supply store! We had a Happy Birthday Banner, Door Poster, Pin the Hat on the Minion game. I also bought the gift bags (that we used for the pinata candy), a pack of Minion tattoos for the kids and a 7-piece decoration set with a banner, hanging decorations and two mini honeycombs for the gift table.
Overall, the party was definitely a success. It was chaotic, like all of our parties are. And even though we had a near mishap with a metal bat during the pinata, bought party games that we didn’t actually play, and forgot to bring the beverages inside the house, the kids all had fun. And that’s all that matters.