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Friday, October 11, 2013

A Video Game Themed Birthday Party

Sweet Guy recently turned 12. This was also around the same time that I was approaching school finals (accelerated courses), prepping the Fashionista’s condo for sale, finishing up a design job, as well as working on a few upcoming projects for this ole blog.

It was time to hit the easy button.

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Three years ago Sweet Guy had spied some neighbors who celebrated their birthday by bringing in a video game truck. For the past few years he has asked if he could also have one. Up until this point the answer was “No.” This year I said “Yes, but you have to create a budget and raise half of the money as part of your finance project for the Personal Management Merit Badge” (Boy Scouts). He agreed.

I am happy to report that he successfully collected aluminum cans and also asked our friends for donations of used clothing and household qoods that he sold at a garage sale .

So this trailer recently showed up at our house on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

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Once we knew that Sweet Guy had met his monetary goal we sent out hand made invitations. The multi colored dot paper was found at Hobby Lobby and reminded me of old time video games. The game controller silhouette and “game on” were created on my Silhouette cameo. The inside of the invitation read:

Sweet Boy has reached Level 12

Wii would love for you to join us

for a gaming good time.

Date and Time

Call # to RSVP and receive the address of the PlayStation.

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We had a great turnout.

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At one point there were eight boys in the trailer. (You can see Mr. D├ęcor supervising. :)

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With two more boys playing outside.

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Inside I was decorating the table.

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Given our strict budget I opted to hang up the fabric bunting I made a few years ago HERE. The balloons were $1 each at the Dollar Store.

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Each place setting had a paper plate, cup, napkin and utensils which were found at Target on clearance.

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In the center of each plate was a take home goodie bag (Michael’s) filled with candy and small tokens (Dollar Store). We printed out Wii are so glad that you came to the party!” on simple cardstock.

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The centerpiece was a really delicious ice cream cake. Underneath was the leftover cardstock I had used to create the words “Game On”.

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There is nothing more chaotic and fun than 10 boys eating pizza. 

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A good time was had by all. 

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Wii are so glad you came by,

Laura

14 comments :

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

What a fun party!! Looks like an awesome time!!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh how fun, this looks like a ball. Love the theme and the video truck is amazing. Hugs, Marty

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

That's a kids dream come true party! How fun!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Looks amazing! I'm sure they had a blast.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

That seems like the ultimate guys party.

I like how he earned the money! Great job by him.

Auntie Em said...

What an awesome idea for a boys party! There isn't any such thing around here.
Love your table decorations (and judging by the pics, so did all the guests!) lol
And what a clever idea to use the negative of the die sheet to decorate the table! Now that's using the old noggin. I always learn something from your blog when I stop by. :)

Maureen Wyatt said...

I have grandsons that would go wild for that game truck! Awesome party.

The Boston Lady said...

Love it all! I had no idea aboutthe game trucks! Ann

ImagiMeri said...

I so miss having kid birthdays! I still get a little goofy when my older kids are having birthdays, but nothing like I used to do. I have a favorite for each of my kids to remember. For my son, when he was turning 8, we did Bart Simpson's "Don't have a cow man" style party which was crazy fun. For my oldest daughter I think the most memorable was a "girly" tea party style where all the girls decorated straw hats with glue guns and tons of flowers. Your hostess skills are out of this world dear friend. I can't wait to see you and Fashionista on the 9th!!!!!

Love ya'
Meri

GSGreatEscaper said...

What a fun party that must have been.

Here's a blog you should check out - 18th c. fashion - http://thegoldenscissors.blogspot.com/
if you haven't already!

Sweet Auburn Life said...

Great pictures, they look completely engrossed in the games! Love how you carried the theme through the invites and the table setting, super job! He must have been thrilled.

Kelley said...

The Good Guy looks SOO happy with all the contributions made to a fun and memorable day!

HaPpY BiRtHdAy!
Kelley~

Ivy and Elephants said...

Happy birthday to the sweet boy! I wish we had a game trailer here, it looks like a fun, safe, and easy party that kids will love.
The bags and invitations you made are sooo cute!
Hugs,
Patti

openid said...

Laura,
Looks like everyone enjoyed celebrating Sweet Boy's 12th birthday! What a great idea! Neal Michael is 6 months older than Sweet Boy but would LOVE this. I wonder if they have one in NJ. Hmmm.
Your Friend,
Deborah
FairfieldHouseNJ.com