We held Alex's 9th birthday party on the Sunday before his actual birthday. We picked Sunday afternoon because we never get soccer schedules early enough for me to plan his mid-September party around it, and I just have to hope we end up conflict-free.
So we sent out this evite.
And let him invite his nearest and dearest, prayed for good weather, and got down to planning out all the details.
Alex didn't want much in the way of decorations, and he wanted a cookie cake. This broke my heart a little bit, but I honored the birthday boys wishes. My days of hosting cool birthday parties may soon be over. :(
My other big project that I tried to replicate from online ideas was that I wanted to make t-shirts for the kids. I thought they all looked so cool in the all black shirts, and it would make for great photos. Alex went to party a while back where they all came home with personalized t-shirts. He LOVED his shirt, so I decided to make a "Nerf Wars" tshirt. This was much, much more work than I thought, and since it necessitated the purchase of a new color printer for us, more expensive than originally envisioned. (I should note we have been in need of a new printer for quite some time, so it worked to get it, it just seems a bit crazy that I had to go out the day before the party and spend $100 to make the shirts happen.). Anyways, I spent $2 per shirt at Michaels (they were on sale) and then $20 on the iron on transfers, which meant $60 total on the shirts.
We also spent about $40 on various PVC pipes.
Carl made some water bottle labels up for us, like we had done for Ryan's party. This is so simple to do, and we just tape them on over the bottles - I don't bother with waterproof labels which would raise the price quite a bit.
This wasn't the big Nerf Wars party we had originally planned, but all the boys seemed to be having a great time, and I think the finished "movie" will be a nice thank you for everyone. Assuming our technical support ever gets finished with its editing, that is. ;)
And since all good movies need a preview of coming attractions:
Here's an image of the t-shirt design. Fell free to use it for your own personal use.