Ever since Hannah asked for a talent show birthday party (about one day after last year's birthday party) I have been trying to figure out how to pull this off. I didn't want it to be circus-y or too fashion-showy. So I started to think about what kinds of talents a six-year-old could possess. I focused on art, dress-up, music, sports and overall horsing around. Then I went about creating stations for the kids to basically run around and exhibit their talents.
For last year's birthday party recap, I don't think I included the invitation. While this year's invitation was not as elaborate, I thought it turned out okay. I was going for a six-year-old version of Moulin Rouge. Eh.
This year, I did go a little crazy on the cake. Apparently I need to obsess over one birthday party detail per year. Last year, it was the invitations complete with custom party soundtrack. This year, it was the cake. Check out the frankenstein diagram I put together to create the ultimate "talent show" birthday cake.
I was really happy with it. The size was perfect, there was very little fonDANT and it tasted delicious!
Birthday girl posing with the photobooth props.
Hannah's birthday party walk of fame. I was hoping to have the kids write their name on each star, but I ran out of time. Sigh.
This is the art station. I used an old chalk board and gave the kids a bunch of paint brushes, chalk and water and asked them to go to town.
And here is the stage. This turned out to be the main stage where the kids got to play dress-up, sing, dance, act and play instruments. It was funny to watch them adlib with each other.
Here is my handsome handsome getting the snow cone machine set up. Highly recommend a snow cone machine. As you can see from the snow cone stained faces - it was big hit.
Here is an example of the overall horsing around.
Panoramic shot of the whole party.
Sidebar: This shot was taken about five minutes before Hannah got stung by three yellow jackets. Apparently while the kids were running around the yard, my daughter got too close to a nest, and zing! zap! ouch! There goes the rest of the party. Actually, it only took Hannah about half an hour to regain her composure. It worked out well because we just had the rest of the party in the house. We did get back to the outdoor movie (which was AWESOME by the way), but we started the movie too late for many of the kids to stay.
This is Connor. If you have been following this blog for awhile, you already know about Connor. Simply put, Hannah just loves Connor. She met him in daycare and has missed him ever since she graduated. We thought that she would meet someone new at school, but apparently no one can hold a candle to him. Too bad that Connor's family does not live in the same town. Here's a secret, don't tell Hannah, we are going to Connor's birthday party this Saturday. Hannah knows that we are going to a birthday party, but she doesn't know who its for. Shhhhhh.:-)