Blake’s 2nd Annual Halloween Party

Last year I threw a halloween party for Blake and his friends. I limited the people he could invite to close friends and neighborhood kids only. This year we had a halloween party that was close friends and school friends! There were about 18 kids running in and out of our house for 2 hours. It was perfect!!! That’s not to say that I wasn’t freaking out a little about having so many kids in our tiny house or how we were going to fit everyone even in our backyard. Our house isn’t tiny but it is small but like I said before, it was perfect. I’d do it all over again and most likely will next year.

Before the party my brother, sister in law, niece and Blake painted pumpkins. Blake and Chloe (my niece) went between giggles and serious faces the entire time they were painting. DSCF6939

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My mom made all of our halloween costumes this year. Well, she made my brothers, Chloe’s, and mine. She did a great job! I sent her some Pinterest ideas and she ran with it to make Blake’s request for me to be Princess Leia happen. My brothers family made the cutest Flinstones family while we rocked the Star Wars look!
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After we had a little family time our other guest for the halloween party started to arrive. I had Blake escort his friends to the backyard where I had planned for most of the party to take place.

The kids played the games I had set up in the backyard and played in the house. They ran, laughed, screamed, and just had the best time. It was so much fun just watching them. There was one point during the party that all the kids were in the house and all the adults were outside. One sure sign of a good time is when every kid is exhausted at the end of the party. Look at this adorable group!

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One of the major parts of the party this year was games. I told Blake he had to decide on a few different games but not go overboard. The games we decided on were witches hat ring toss, “feed the ghost”, spider web walk, pumpkin cookie decorating, bobbing for apples, cauldron ball toss, and pumpkin bowling. I also did a photo backdrop area that covered the front of our shed. We bought the witches hat ring toss game at target. My mom made the ghost on her corn hole board for the party last year and never took it off so of course we used it again. We took boards out of our garage and screwed them into the frame of the sandbox to make the spider web walk area. My friend cut out jack-o’lantern face pieces from sugar for the cookie decorating. A big frankenstein tub made the perfect apple bobbing tub. I used the cauldrons, eyeball ping pong balls, and pumpkin bowling set that I had last year.

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This year Blake was very insistent on bobbing for apples at his party. I was hesitant about it at first but it was so much fun to watch the kids try to get an apple. Watching them come up with different solutions to getting the apple out without using their hands was great.

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It quickly became a common theme to grab the apple by the stem! The pure excitement on their faces was the best.

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We made the cutest goodie bags full of “crappy” halloween toys (vampire teeth, bouncy eyeballs, goo, and spider rings) for the kids and I never took a picture of them. Blake helped decorate the bags and picked out all the goodies inside.

Throwing a party can be a lot of work but watching the kids enjoy themselves is worth every second. My secret to an easy party = I saved myself a lot of time and money by reusing a lot of the things I had from last years party. I also went with things that were simple and cheap. The dollar store is my favorite spot for halloween decorations. I also let Blake pick a few games to play and be involved in the party set up process. Blake helped clean the house, the appropriate amount for a 4 year old, make the invitations, and set up the games in the backyard. I made sure that the kids had access to our playroom. (I put away a lot of toys or turned tubs so that they couldn’t be easily opened, like legos.) I went with minimal food but still provided a snack because lets face it, kids are always hungry.

Our invitations were super cute if I do say so myself! Blake helped me do the stamping on the background of all of them. He also helped me glue some of the pieces on. It was fun to create an invitation with him this time.

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Thank you for reading about Blake’s second annual halloween party and sharing such a fun time with us!

Have a safe and fun halloween!

 

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