Tuesday, December 8, 2009
the BIG 7!
the tootsie pop spiders
my oldest turned 7 this weekend. crazy. my husband and i recounted to him the story of his birth...a pretty quick story, actually, but one that he loved to hear. especially in light of the fact that he has a(nother) little brother coming into the world in 20 weeks, give or take.
he requested a "spider" themed party. we haven't ever given him a party before, except those that involve family. this was indeed new territory for me, and was a tad bit frightening!!
i waited too long to place my order from oriental trading company for all things buggy. silly me. i thought i would be able to find spiders and such at the local hobby lobby, but it was full of christmas stuff, not spooky, creepy crawly things :)
note to self: start encouraging alternate themes for birthday celebrations early on!
we had 8 children total, 7 boys and one girl! bless her heart! she jumped right into the creepy crawly stuff!!
we started the time doing bug sun catchers. the paint tubes were a big plus so we wouldn't have to deal with paintbrushes.
then we read a really gross bug book, which the boys all laughed hysterically at and the moms all wrinkled their noses at. (sorry, moms! he asked for it, how could i say no?)
BUGS! by David T Greenberg, scholastic inc.
then we made I Spy bug bottles using small empty G2 bottles, plastic bugs from OTC, and rice.
we had our green spider cake with licorice legs and then spent a LOT of time outdoors running off the sugar!
i think, all in all, it went off pretty well for my first attempt! no one was injured (that i know of) and very few tears were shed. except by me, of course, as i always cry on my babies birthdays! how dare they get any older???