And now for the play-by-play of the big day:
First, of course, there was a flurry of getting ready.
It really wasn’t too bad that day, as I had stayed up late the night before (Note to self: you CANNOT put M&Ms onto a sundae until right before you serve it…they bleed).
And Aurora had a friend to keep her occupied.
When the friends started to arrive, there was the Make-a-Monster craft and even monster coloring pages.
Of course they mostly wanted to check out Aurora’s playroom/toys. Aurora got more into it after everyone had left and made some cool creatures.
Then we played monster hide-and-seek. The girls covered their eyes while I went and hid our monster.
Then they ran to find him and were supposed to touch him and run screaming back to “home”.
I had a cell phone sewn into the back so my husband could “ROAR” at them.
As suspected, most of the girls loved the screaming and running part. The little baby that was there….not so much.
But in general it was very fun. And prizes were collected.
The monster squeakers were the big hit.
Then it was time for lunch. Sandwiches and fruit and veggies, etc. I ordered some for the grown-ups at Panera, but made some simple crustless ones for the kids. I never got to the mini-monster pizzas I had planned.
Next, since it didn’t rain after all, we headed outside. The swings are always a fav.
I brought the other games out so everyone could try as they liked.
The prizes were available for everyone who tossed a beanbag,
Or did the monster stomp,
Or knocked over the bowling pins.
Next up…Pinata. This was a request from Aurora, I think only because she knew there would be candy in it.
It proved very difficult to break, and in the end the dads had to step in.
And have a little fun of their own.
And then it was time to sing! Aurora is really much more of a fan of ice cream than cake so we had monster sundaes.
Before everyone went home, they had to get their very own monster.
They all have good homes and are quite beloved.
All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Aurora never got really overwhelmed so she was able to enjoy the whole party. Theo slept for pretty much all of it. And I had “hosting” to do, but it wasn’t out of control and I got to enjoy it too.
Happy Birthday, Roar!
(Most photos by Christianne Ebel )