Last year, I crocheted a tiny Mike and Sulley set for Asher for his birthday. He decided that day that his next party was going to be a Mike and Sulley party. Honestly, I expected that wish to change four or five times before his next party--but I was wrong. Asher wanted a Mike and Sulley party all year and a Mike and Sulley party he had.
We started by making a party invitation suitable for such an important occasion. Luckily, I found a pre-made free download, so all I had to do was fill in the information. I printed the invitation photo-style from Wal-Mart and had all kinds of trouble picking it up. The employee couldn't find my photos. And I watched look through every single printed photo order they had. Twice. He asked for help from three different people. No luck. Finally, I noticed my stack of invitation photos sitting way back on a counter! Hurrah! I left the store with photos in hand, a little annoyed at the wait but not really thinking much of it--until later, that is, when Ryan mentioned that he was surprised they printed the photo because of copyright law and all the jazz. Maybe that was why the photos were on the counter and not waiting for me. I'm pretty sure I just stole this image. My bad.
Asher, though, was delighted with his pirated invitation. He is STILL carrying it around and frequently asks me to read it to him.
Next, we invited guests. The list seemed simple enough: Asher wanted to invite his school friends and church friends. That was kind of a lot of kids, but I assumed at least a few kids wouldn't be able to make it. Once again, I assumed wrong. Everyone came except one friend, which means that we had thirteen children ages 6 and under (but mostly ages 3-4) in our care for 1.5 hours. Phew. Luckily, they were all really well behaved and we had zero problems. I'm not even saying that to save face or to look like I have it all together. We just got lucky.
Ryan came home from work for a few hours to help with the party. Bless him. He started things off right with freeze dance while we waited for everyone to arrive.
The kids had some very delightful moves.
Next, we had a roar-off. Girls team and Ryan vs. the boys team and me. The kids were very good at roaring. Lila had woken up a few minutes before the roar-off and was not happy to be greeted by thirteen roaring children.
Next, we did a variety of games, whilst dived into two groups: pin the eye on Mike, a bean bag toss, and eye pong (eye pong: you fill cups of water and put them on a table. Kids try to throw an eyeball-colored ping pong ball into said cups). The games were a big hit. Then we went into team games. First, an spoon/egg race--but with spoons and eyeballs.
Our next game was the MONSTER STOMP! Woot. After about half the kids were out and the remainder were having a hard time catching each other, Ryan and I joined the stompers. It was awesome.
Next, we let the birthday boy open his presents. His friends were SO cute and excited for him to open them. A few of them started were seriously bouncing while he opened their present and were so pumped for him to see what they got for him, which was so cute.
And finally, we had cake. Asher was very, very excited for the cupcakes. He chose Mike Wazowski as his cupcake topper (surprise, surprise) and blew out his number 4 candle with ease--on round two. On round one, a friend accidentally blew it out. Whoops.
And then...we had half an hour left with no plans! So we had an impromptu story time. The kids were surprisingly attentive.
Dolly was being a pill, though, so halfway through we switched readers.
And that was that! Here are a few more pictures of the party prep, though, because this post hasn't been long enough. Also, I'd like to note for memory's sake that Asher must have taken the song "It's My Party and I'll Cry if I Want To" to heart. He had a rough time when he didn't win a game, and got really upset watching other people get a prize when he didn't. Luckily, he calmed down quickly each time, but it was not my favorite part of the day.