Some kids love hard-core gaming. My boys? Give them NBA2K15 or Madden 15 and you won’t see them for hours. We do love us some sports at Team Whitaker, both the virtual and the real. So, when our 11-year-old asked for the game truck, I said yes.
The best part is it pulls up to your house but it’s not actually *in* your house. And, with 13 energetic boys on a rainy Austin day, I was quite grateful for that. We typically throw parties at our house, as I love opening our home to the people my kids call friends. This turned out to be a great, albeit slightly chilly, afternoon.
Let’s chat about the pretty, then we’ll get to the party.
Believe it or not, we had to hold this one in our garage. The forecast earlier in the week was just stunning. Like 70s, no wind and sunshine stunning. Fast forward to the party and it was 40s, cloudy and rainy. But, I regret nothing because we partied on the actual birthday boy’s big day and he was stoked. My original plan of having the dessert table in the driveway, got bumped back a few feet. And, lucky for us, the game truck was heated.
I mostly focused on munchies – some salty, some sweet with a dash of healthy – all while trying to incorporate the main party color of green. So, jalapeno chips, marshmallows covered in green sugar and tasty grapes it was. We served up Creeper Juice (you might remember the original from this party) and it didn’t last long. The marshmallows were an idea that we recycled from the girls’ relaxing spa party, but used green, in lieu of pink, sprinkles. Something tells me the pink would’ve been lost on the boys.
The table was decorated with my go-to white tablecloth (my party workhorse) and a little green- and white-striped fabric, leftover from Luke’s train party.
For the “happy birthday” singing, we enjoyed cupcakes, while the birthday boy dove into his cookies.
With every party, I try very hard to make the favors functional. But, this party had me stumped. I decided to go with sweets, in the form of an edible xBox remote and some lime green pop rocks, because nothing says I love you quite like a sugar rush.
The Game Truck
A few hours before the party, I realized I didn’t have the VIP badge holders like I thought, so my mom bailed me out and let me borrow a few of hers. Hey, daughter of the original party planner.
She and Scott whipped together the juice and assembled the badges while John Paul and I set the dessert/munchie table. Once the boys arrived, they grabbed a badge and then headed into the game truck. They emerged an hour and a half later! We kept it family-friendly and banned all Call of Duty and Halo-type games. Momma is not a fan of those. They enjoyed tons of Minecraft, Super Mario and lots of smack talk. Perfect for 11-year-old boys.
I think my favorite part was just sitting in the truck watching all those kids play. Luke was having a blast and hitting up any older kid who would have him. Those boys were so kind. They have no idea how happy they made that little guy. Will and Anna-Laura tried their hands at Just Dance. Oh my stars. That was priceless. Not be outdone, however, Scott and I engaged in a friendly competition. And I don’t mind telling you I schooled him. Have it on video, even. He may not remember that smack down, but my blog, my memories.
Here’s the obligatory family photo shot I try to get at every party. But, you may notice a kid missing. Sometimes, you just have to cut your losses.
The biggest compliment of the day? When one of John Paul’s friends asked if this was something we did for parties, this “having them at home” gig. When I replied, “yes,” he smiled and said, “That’s so cool.” That evening, as we sat our dinner table enjoying John Paul’s favorite meal from Chuy’s, his ‘best’ was “pretty much the whole day.” Happy 11th birthday, John Paul. Let’s make it an ER free year.
Love to party? Me too! Feel free to OD on dessert tables and favors over on my parties page.