A friend offered to help and I asked her to take pictures. Genius idea and I highly recommend it- especially if your friend takes great pictures. But this could be a long post. =)
The kids started off decorating their candy bags
My sweet I-man
Drew wanted his favorite pizza- Little Caesars.
Chatting it up
We have such great friends. Gosh, I love these pictures.
Baby Kai (who just turned 1!) and his dad, Reid
Kai and Mark
First game up was a Yoshi Egg Hunt. We corralled the kids in the playroom and then hid eggs throughout the main level. And then we set them loose!
After the egg hunt we played a balloon pop game. In the absence of a pinata (where do you hang a pinata indoors? Really?), we blew up balloons, put candy in them, and then the kids popped them. Garrett did a great job coloring them to look like a character from the Mario games, Boo.
Drew catching some air to pop his balloon
Sometimes the kids got creative
The cake. Sigh. I had such high hopes for this cake. In the end it came together, kids loved it, and it tasted fine. The whole process was one fiasco after another, from the top layer breaking in the pan, the cake sliding apart in the night, and the total impossibility of patching it. But oh well...
All the kiddos
Love that smile on my 6-year old
Make a wish
And there you have it. We came. We saw. We Mario-partied. Thanks to everyone who helped pull it off: the pizza delivery people, photographer, best of friends who did the dishes, all the people who wrangled Ella, and all the little people who were such a delight.
Happy Birthday, my sweet six year old.