Monday, September 22, 2008

Recipe for Party Fun

You start with a beautiful Ben 10-lovin' 4 year old going on 14, patiently awaiting all his friends & family to come over for his 5th birthday party.

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Then you throw in some family & friends.


Add in a bunch of fun.


This wet slide was amazing!!! Once the party ended I was on it like white on rice, since we had it for the whole day. Some kids went into the pool as well with close supervision but this was the main draw of the party & kept everyone cool!



Then sprinkle on lotsa sugar.


For the favors, I printed some Ben 10 labels & affixed them to the party favor bags. Inside was a little notebook with pen for the kids to doodle as well as some fishies, raisins & M&M's.

My biggest creative contribution to the party was the fruit kebabs. They were so much fun to put together & instead of just putting them on a platter I thought the kids would get a kick out of them hanging vertical through pieces of cut fruit, ahem, planets. I picked up some crystals at the crafts store which acted as meteor pieces from another galaxy & matched the green color scheme of the party. 

As for the cake, since the market didn't carry any Ben 10 designs I drew up something very simple & had them decorate accordingly. I also bought some Ben 10 cake toppers online. For food, I kept it easy for myself as I usually do for Tristan's parties & made a pasta salad as well a spinach dip. I also had platters of Cubanitos, sandwiches & chicken tenders brought in from Publix. 

This was one super fantastic party. We had a blast, kids & adults alike. While it ended at 2 for most, the party went on until 7! Tristan got some beautiful gifts & really enjoyed his day. 

For some other fun birthday celebration pics please also visit Chronicles of a Mommy who had a big bash going on as well this weekend. I know you'll find a lot of good ideas her way if you have a party coming up. 

35 comments:

sassy stephanie said...

So glad it was fun for you too, and not stressful! Looks like he enjoyed it greatly.

Love the kabobs!

Ace C said...

Pretty cool stuff. Looks like you kept it pretty simple like you said. I would've been all over that slide too.

Kacey Randolph said...

AAAAH! I LITERALLY gasped when I saw the slide! Oh my goodness that looks like SO MUCH FUN! The food looks fabulous of course and I LOVE your planets - how creative! You are a TOTAL Rock Star!

Kacey Randolph said...

Ooops - thanks so much for the shout out! And I'm glad Tristan had a FABULOUS time! We hope to get an invite next year - maybe meet in the middle? Ha! Ha! You bring the slide, I'll bring the slaw. :o)

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

looks like a great fun party!!

scargosun said...

Wow! That looks like a great party!

Pam said...

What a fun party and great memories for your family. The fruit kebabs looks delicious and cute.

Rebeckah said...

You totally rock! This is my prayer: "Please, oh please, Jesus, let me be like live.love.eat when I grow up! Amen : )"

Rebeckah said...

Oriental Brocilee Slaw
Chicken Florentine Sandwhich

That's what I made : ) and everyone LOVED it. You are a genius : ). I can't wait till next weekend.

Have you ever been to one of those places where you assemble your food and then take it home and freeze it for later in the week? I am thinking about going, but I need your expert opinion : )!

Kiera said...

What fun Stephanie! Tristan is one lucky kid, that's for sure. That slide looks like so much fun, no wonder the party went until 7!!

Sandy Toes said...

What a great party! I love that cake! The fruit kabobs are wonderful!
-Sandy Toes

Elizabeth said...

How fun!!

Ritch in Love said...

My word, girl! You went all out! You are a good Mama!! If my kids ever end up living with us full time you are officially coming to Utah to do their parties! Way to go!

Maria said...

Wow, you really know how to PARTY! What fun!!

Just The Girl said...

Awesome - my son would love to have a party like this.

Bitsy said...

Wow! That looks like it was a blast! I am a little bit jealous!

Jen said...

Looks like a great party. I am glad that you all had a good time, especially your little guy.

The Blonde Duck said...

Can you throw my birthday party next year? I think a slide is right up my ally!

gingela5 said...

Looks like fun! That water slide looks amazing!

Tracy P. said...

Oh look--someone else who loves birthday parties and the flick'r toys mosaic maker. :-) I did a tea party for my daughter's birthday and the girls made fruit kabobs (along with some other fancy tea foods). They had so much fun. My kids must be growing up--I have never heard of Ben 10!

You stopped by for my SITS day at The Journey a while back, and I'm still wandering about visiting everyone back. All of the amazing blogs have been too interesting to hurry through, but I did want to say thanks!

angie said...

The party looks fantastic. Such a blast. You know how to throw em'. I've never even seen a wet bounce house. Looks like a kids heaven. All of your little touches are so cute!

mommaof4wife2r said...

next time...i want to be invited! love using the lemons and limes ot hold the fruit kabobs! great idea! i will def steal it!

Life On The Tail Of A Comet said...

Looks like fun-I don't get the Ben 10 thing but I'm pretty out of the loop w/ alot of kids stuff.
The slide looked way fun and I was impressed w/ the fruit kabobs. I do have a chocolate fountain I probably would have dragged out for the fruit!

Jennifer said...

wow, great party...and great job on the cake, too!!

The Nice One said...

SO COOL!!!!! I am impressed!

AVT Coach said...

Amazing party! I would expect nothing less with your cuisine talents and creativity! That slide looks way fun. What a lucky boy!

Lula! said...

OK...
so I've already begged you to write a cookbook. Now...how 'bout a party planning book to go along with all your fabulous recipes?

Melissa Lester said...

That looks like a great party! I have two Ben 10 loving boys, so I may have to borrow some of your ideas for an upcoming birthday pretty soon.

~Trish~ said...

I wanna come play!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog when it was featured last week! I'm still trying to catch up with all the comments I got!!

Jenny said...

Love this! You throw the best parties for your kids! What a great mom! I'll be bugging you for ideas next time my boys' b-days come around.

Jessica said...

Wow..Can I hire you as my party planner? Looks like a great times were had by all! I love the fruit kabobs..too cute!

Tam said...

I have been MIA but have to come back to catch UP on all your fun!!!! will stalk you later!!!!

Deanna said...

YOu could go into business as a party planner!!

Jaime said...

You throw one fantastic party, I can tell from all these pictures. I love the fruit kabob idea planted in the lemon & lime slices. Great idea. Thanks for sharing your tips. Happy Birthday Tristan.

The Mrs. said...

So fun!!!