We're getting ready for T's Fifth Birthday!
(Coincidentally one child in his class has Fifth's disease, also known as Slapped Cheek illness - fingers crossed he hasn't caught this parvovirus with a 7 - 20 day incubation!)
I've been gathering ideas here, and supplies for his party for a while now. I've purchased things at Target, Hancock Fabrics, Party City, Michael's, and Walmart, and B has picked up some supplies at Home Depot and the liquor store (not what you think.) I also was extreamly lucky in that a mom on a Mama's Yahoo group I am a part of saw a comment I made to a birthday party post. She did a Cars party last year (linked on Pintrest) and gave me her bunting!
Anyway, we're fast running out of time, but slowly things are coming together...
For stuffing with take home goodies. I made these last weekend - ten of them, but at that point not knowing if I'd really need twelve.
Some of what we have... along with Cars lenticular puzzles ($1 from Target), Cars fruit snacks (box of individual packs for $3?), and Cars stickers ($.20 packages of 8 that opened; see below). Until we found these on sale at Big Lots ($3) the goody bags weren't going to have them. Cars pencils and note pads from Target ($1 for 4 mechanical pencils, and $1 packs of 2 pads) ) would have stood in. It was T's original desire that everyone get a car however, and it was that desire that convinced him to have a smaller party (I said it was too expensive (at $4 - 5/car) to have guests get a car unless there were only five or six friends. He was cool with that but then we decided he couldn't pick and choose from the kids at school, so decided to invite all the boys from the '10-'11 Pre-K class, then we added neighbors... now we have eight boys and one sister - well two sisters, but the second is only 15 weeks.)
Organizing for stuffing (The poor plant in the back did get water.)
T is having a party at school too! We purchased two boxes of Funfetti cake mix, one can Funfetti frosting, and Cars cupcake liners (Party City) - they make the cupcakes as an activity. T was upset when I told him we weren't doing goody bags for school, so I relented when I found some stuff at Target. I got Cars paper lunch bags ($1 for 15), and mechanical pencils ($1 for 4), and opened up the packs of stickers I'd purchased for the home party at Party City ($.20 each and there were 8 stickers in each pack. I'd gotten 12 packs so had enough for three stickers each for school, two stickers each for the home party, and leftovers for T.) Then we also signed up for snack after they swim at the pool (Friday activity in the summer) and each kid will get a bag of wholegrain goldfish with four Cars cinnamon graham cookies. Sweet.
He is one lucky boy, huh?