Sliding, splashing, jumping, playing. The Stow boys recently turned 7 and 5 (I can hardly believe it really) and we have been known to throw one heck of a rager according to neighborhood kids aged 2 – 9 years of age. True story.
The truth is though, I always felt bad for my two boys who were each doomed with a summer birthday. I take all the blame. It’s clearly all my fault. How could I do this to them?
No special crown, no announcements over the loud speaker wishing them a happy birthday, no special treatment from their teachers, no special snack –
oh wait, those days are clearly over.
You don’t need much except good weather and good friends.
1. Order up an amazing waterslide from your favorite local jumpy rental place. Ours is DifferRentals in Foxboro, MA. We’ve been ordering all of our jumpy/bouncy goodness from Jack for the past 5 years. The price is right when you consider how long we get the jumpy for (typically 3-4 days based on LUCK!) You can even have a rain date with this sort of arrangement! Plus, I say to heck with getting worried about the cost – this is a DOUBLE birthday party that leaves all the kids EXHAUSTED – early bedtimes are THE BEST. Worth every penny. Oh, and DO NOT try to carry or move that stuff. It is heavy. Order up the boys to do it for you.
2. Assign the most amazing mother-in-law that ever walked the planet cake duty. Don’t tell her much. Let her ride with it. Give her a theme or two to choose from. Trust in her. She will spend days planning and molding. The cake will be simply amazing. This year we said SHARKS.
3. Pick up some water balloons. Or better yet, have your amazing neighbor hand off a bunch of extras to you that she’s willing to part with. Did you know these things really work? Did you know that the kids love them?
4. DO NOT LET ANY CHILDREN INSIDE YOUR HOME. There is NO need for it – this is a summer birthday! Kids are always willing to water a tree or a bush. For those “special” ones, I suppose you could let them inside to use the facilities. Your discretion.
5. Hoodsies for the win.
Disclosure: I received compensation from Hood in exchange for writing this post. Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.