If you’ve been along for the ride here for a while, you are already aware of my penchant for
half-assed low-key kids’ birthday parties.
Well, this time I wasn’t setting up card tables to cover barf stains on the rug, but I did take this fallen cake:
Yes, he fell for it. And, yes, he loved it. (Phew!)
Thankfully, Baxter asked to invite only his best friends. One couldn’t make it, which left us with four kids in addition to our boys. Four hilariously precocious and nice kids, I might add. And not only did he want to keep it small, but he was happy with simple. We walked to the local pizza joint and had ourselves some pizza pies.
The kids talked about what books they’re reading (one claimed to another: “I’m really not into the medieval stuff right now.”), played tic tac toe, told monster jokes, and mugged for Baxter’s camera (we gave him our old digital camera for his birthday – he’s already taken over 250 pictures!). Lyle was so in awe of the big kids that he sat there silently and listened to them – unbelievable. It was SO EASY. I had grabbed The Onion on my way into the restaurant and I joked with Matt that the party was such a no-brainer that I could’ve sat there and read it and no one would’ve noticed.
Of course, I didn’t. You knew that, right? Anyway, we then walked back to our house where the kids played a high energy game of tag and won us over further by making it very easy for little Lyle to play.
For the last half hour, we filled them with chocolate cake and hot cocoa, opened gifts, let them tear-ass around the play room for about 15 minutes, and then sent them on their way!So, for the second time this year we pulled off a small party that involved lots of pizza and cake, no organized games, and no parental involvement in the play room. And made one boy very, very happy.