Here are his birthday requests:
hot dogs and chocolate cake for dinner
a fish/ocean party with just a few friends
a remake of his third birthday fish cake
lots of ninjas and Legos
Not too challenging of a list, except for the tiny detail: that it is quite difficult (thankfully not impossible) to find ocean themed party supplies in December...
After scouring too many stores to remember, looking for suitable offerings, I think we were able to pull off a fun, but not over the top party for my six year old cutie.
He loved opening gifts at Grammy and Grandpa's house after his hot dog dinner.
The other Mr.'s were all too willing to help him build his golden Ninjago dragon.
Just look at that big smile. He was very excited to get a wizard's tower to go with his castle set.
Mr. Two is not one for big crowds, or lots of activity. I knew that for this to be a good party for him, it needed to be small and low key. He only invited five friends, two of which could not make it, as well as his brothers. That number was just right for him. I kept the activities simple and let them spend time just playing in the yard for a good portion of the time. That worked out well with this group. I borrowed a few ideas from this super fun party at Delia Creates.
For his party, I filled the water table with water beads and an assortment of plastic ocean animals and colored gems. It was a good open-ended, easy activity to start with. This was a big hit at the party, especially with Mr. Four!
We made ocean "snow" globes for part of the activities, as well as a take home favor. The boys loved choosing their animals and shells, then adding the glitter. Mr. Two and Mr. Three had lots of fun playing in the colored water afterwards as well...
We played "Don't Eat Pete" with the ocean animal printable from the Delia Creates party. The boys loved that!
Another birthday request was that Uncle Zach come to his party. Zach was so sweet to come and play a round or two of Go Fish with the boys and enjoy some cake. It really made the party special for Mr. Two.
Here he is blowing out the candles on his fish cake! This year I added chocolate rocks ("aquarium gravel") to the cake, along with the graham cracker goldfish and the fruit roll up seaweed. Such a fun cake!
We also had jello oceans along with the cake, with gummy sharks swimming inside.
Opening presents with his friends. I cannot say how wonderful it is to have a nice back yard with a big covered porch right now! The weather was so nice and it was so much better to have the party outside, with all these active little boys!
I sent the boys home with a little sand bucket and shovel, some chocolate fish, gummy fish, Goldfish crackers, and bubbles, along with their ocean globes.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Two, my quiet, creative little boy. I hope your birthday was as unique and fun as you are!