We managed a 7-year-old birthday party in there somehow, too. Now I have been known to get a bit...um...excited about birthday parties in the past. I love them. I love themes. The more I do, the more inspired I get and the more ideas I try to implement. I enjoy it, really I do, but by the end I am really tired. So, with that in mind and all the other things going on, we decided to keep it simple. The middle one turned 7 and wanted a jungle party. Our family made the decorations together. We used a total of 9 brown paper bags, 5 pieces of green tag board for these vines and leaves and 7 sheets of tissue paper for these leaf garlands and in an hour, the place looked great. We put up a 4x6 sheet of paper on the wall with the beginnings of a jungle background and cut out jungle animals for the kids to color and add to make a mural.
Then they went outside to blow bubbles and play freeze tag before coming in for lion sandwiches and cake. The other fun thing about this party was the gift that the big one and I made for her. We made her and her doll matching skirts out of 3 old T-shirts. We were all pleased with the results!
I am probably too late for the Menu Plan Monday but, nevertheless, here is the menu for the week:
- Sunday: Rick Bayless' Savory Golden Country Ribs, salad, guacamole, mexican rice, beans
- Monday: Chili, polenta and roasted cauliflower
- Tuesday: Black bean soup, fried leftover polenta
- Wednesday: Baked sweet ribs, rice and asian slaw
- Thursday: Baked potato with toppings (strained goat yogurt, bacon bits, chili, etc...)
- Friday: Pizza with steak, grilled onions and feta, sauteed chard, carrots and pepper strips
- Saturday: Tuna melts, potato dumplings, salad