First of all, here are a few shots from his birthday photo shoot. Don’t be fooled, it was practically like pulling teeth to get this kid to cooperate. Isn’t that always how it goes. At least I captured a few keepers! He’s just so dang cute, the little punk.
The “Lost Boy” party was sort of organized chaos, but I didn’t really expect anything less with 15 preschoolers running around. I’d actually call it a major success, all things considered! The treasure hunt, face painting and “Pirate ambush” kept the boys very entertained and they really all did such a great job at staying on point. And then……it started pouring rain. Now, we all know how much I love the rain. But it rained on my parade, quite literally, and it made me super grumpy and I couldn’t do a thing about it. Some of the boys made the most of it, though, and ran out and played in it, REAL lost boy style.
For the treasure hunt, I painted a little map of the back yard and hid mini scrolls of paper at each destination that gave instructions of some silly little task they had to complete before moving on to the next destination on the map (is it just me, or was that a really long sentence…). For example, one said, “hold hands in a circle and all fall down!” and another said, “yell ‘happy birthday James’ as loud as you can three times!” etc. etc. The ‘X’ obviously marked the spot of the treasure, which was a big chest full of homemade pirate gear for the boys (like this gear here) and fairy gear for the girls. To say they loved it would be a little bit of an understatement. I was pretty happy about how it turned out!
For the pirate ambush, John dressed up as a matey and stormed in, catching the lost boys by surprise! Luckily the lost boys had their swords and they bravely (most of them) fought the pirate and sunk his ship (the pirate ship pinata), which happened to be full of goodies for everyone as a reward for their valiant efforts!
The rain prevented me from getting more detailed pictures, but I think you get the idea. As party favors, everyone got to take home a bag filled with shadow puppets, a spy glass and a sail boat. James was on cloud nine the whole time and you could practically see his excitement glowing out of his ears. The theme of the party was my favorite yet, and I really couldn’t have pulled it off without the generous help of my MIL. That’s her magical tree house, which everyone at the party had such a fun time playing in. It was a great party for my three year-old and it was so special for him to celebrate his birthday with so many great friends. Until next year! Actually, Charlie turns one in September, so my brain wheel is already spinning for that one…