When we decided to go to Legoland this year, part of the idea was that Legoland tickets and some spending money would be their birthday gift. I wasn't planning on doing a birthday party for either boy (other than a small family celebration). And then, of course, this year both boys got invited to many, many birthday parties. And they were both so excited about their birthday parties and planning all year long what they wanted for their birthday parties and finally had made good enough friends to have birthday party gifts...and I didn't have the heart to tell them no. I decided that if I could do their birthday parties inexpensively, I could do their birthday parties. I'm happy to report that each birthday party was under $20. Woot to the woot.
Reed had decided he really, really wanted to have a K'nex birthday party. After I found zero ideas online I asked him how he felt about having a K'nex/lego party. He was so sweet about and told me that okay but he would really love to do more k'nex than legos--and I knew it was time to get creative. I found several lego party ideas, then adapted them to fit our k'nex needs. Boom. Problem solved. We started the party in what worked out to be the perfect first activity: building. We challenged each kid to build their own k'nex car. The activity was great because the kids could start working on building as soon as they arrived while we were waiting for everyone else to come. A few friends hadn't ever built with K'nex before, so Ryan and I quickly joined the building party and helped everyone get a frame they could work from.
After we all built our cars, we went out to the driveway to have a car race! Asher's car would only drive in circles (seriously) and made him so upset. Some cars were great and some cars were not as great--but we all had fun! Our next game was a K'nex relay. We had two teams, two bowls of K'nex, and two spoons. They had to use the spoons to transport the K'nex across the room, where they'd transfer the K'nex to empty bowls. Dolly started helping the losing team halfway through by stealing K'nex out of their bowl and transporting the K'nex for them--and thank goodness, because they were quite far behind! After the race, we gathered in a circle and gave each kid a pile of small K'nex pieces. They had to use a drinking straw to suction to the K'nex, then lift it into a cup! That game was a touch tricky. And finally, we played "keep up" with a bagful of balloons! At one point during keep up, I looked over at the couch to see that Reed had stopped playing to snuggle up next to Ryan for a minute. He loves Ryan and can't stay out of Ryan's zone :)
After games, we had cupcakes--yum. Reed chose strawberry cake with vanilla frosting and mini chocolate chips on top. Then it was time to open gifts. Reed has some very generous friend and was super excited about everything. I think the cutest gift was from his friend Audrey. Word on the street is that Audrey has a crush on Reed. She saw a sweater at the store that she was sure he would LOVE and just had to get it. And he really does love it. He wore it out caroling with the scouts a few days later and Audrey happened to be caroling, too--she was pretty happy to see Reed in his sweater :)
After presents, we ended our party in what has become a Hambly family tradition: dance party style! We had so much fun. Happy birthday, Reed!!
(The sweater :)s