So this week's party is one that's close to home. I'm actually going to have most of my family in town (all 21 of us) for the 4th of July. So we're going to get together with them and a few of my closest friends (for a total of 75 people) for a holiday BBQ, fireworks party, and Birthday for my soon-to-be 6 year old son "Z". So I've spent ALOT of time thinking about how to make this a great party, and hopefully I've succeeded. If you see a problem, or better way of doing something, PLEASE let me know!
For the head table with the food, I'm going to use a red plastic tablecloth with a blue and white fabric runner down the center. I'm giong to get 5 yards of blue patriotic fabric and cut it down the center lengthwise. Since it's so windy here some days, I'm going to use double sided tape to tape the runner down and some picnic table clips for the main tablecloth. The other half of the fabric will be used to make a matching cover and runner for the dessert table.
here or a large recycled can with patriotic paper with crayons on it. This way the kids can color on it while they wait for their food or for their parents to eat. I'm also trying to find some wooden stars that I can paint to add a little punch to the bucket centerpiece.
The dessert table will be decked out in the same red tablecloth and fabric runner as the food table. In the center of the table will be a large cupcake with 6 candles for "Z"s birthday portion of the party. To each side of the cupcake will be over 100 cupcakes on a large cupcake holder that I found at Jo-anns. They are a plain white, which will set off all the holiday colors and designs on the cupcakes themselve. Then, we'll scatter other desserts around the table.
It will be a classic potluck style BBQ with meats, salads, and treats. Since I have so much family to add to the mix, we're going to bring alot of food. We'll bring our family favorite of "Pink Salad", corn on the cob for all the guests (someone find me a good sale!), Sam's Club's yummy potato salad, and hopefully we can figure out a way to bring my hubby's buttery, greasy, yummy, tasty cubed potatoes. We'll see what the other guests bring to add to the yum!
cute sugar cookies stars, to pinwheels, to the patriotic cupcake toppers I shared yesterday. My son is so excited to start baking already!
We'll also have bowls of Red, White, and Blue M&Ms in both plain and peanut, a cut up Watermelon, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (another family favorite), and an apple pie. What's more American than that? To top it off, I'm going to find a large bucket and fill it with ice and popcicles.
We should have enough food to overeat and stuff ourselves just as the founding fathers would have wanted!
To start the party off and give the kids something to do while the meat cooks and everyone arrives, I'm going to do a craft with them. I wanted to do something that would allow my kids to have a souvenier for this fun day with their cousins and friends. So originally I wanted to do t-shirts like this and this. But I realized the cost and mess factore where way out of my control. So instead, I refined an activity that I had wanted to do last year when my family got together--necklaces.
I bought a bunch of stretchy necklaces where I wanted to add a phone number on them so incase the kids got lost at any of the theme parks or activities we did, someone could call us. Well, I never could quite make it work in time for last year's reunion, since no one makes affordable numbers on beads big enough to gon on the necklaces that I bought. This year, I have a new laser printer. So I have drilled holes in small wooden circles from Hobby Lobby. I'll let the kids paint and decorate the front and I'll put a sticker on the back with contact information. I'll go ahead and seal them with modge podge just in case. Then the kids can decorate the necklaces with pony beads in different colors and shapes.
Once we have settled, I'm going to put everyone's name in 2 jars. One for kids 10 and older and one for kids 9 and under. Two team captains will draw a name from each of the jars. This will set up the teams--hopefully evenly and fairly for a fun game of Kickball. We had such a good time playing this for FHE a few weeks ago that I'm sure we'll all enjoy the game.
When the game is over, we'll meet back for cake and ice cream for "Z". Since his actual birthday isn't until 3 weeks later, we'll give him one big present that all his cousins can play with while they are visiting.
My Sister-In-Law has a desire to see fireflies while she's here, so we'll take glass Ball jars and go firefly hunging for 1/2 hour while the men prepare for the "big show." I LOVE Family Fun's idea of the firefly party and had to incorporate it into our evening.
Family Fun Festive Fans for the adults to use during the party if it gets hot. They are so patriotic looking and handy to have!
So what do you think? I think it should be a fun, festive, sparkly night!