Saturday, June 8, 2013

Russell’s Monster Truck Party!

We decided to have Russell’s birthday party a couple weeks before his birthday just in case baby Paige shows up early. So we planned a fun pool party for several friends and family! We rented out our pool clubhouse and had the monster truck theme Russell requested. And thankfully, the torrential rains (which had lasted for a few days) stopped about 30 minutes before the party started, and the sun came out!


Easy snacks are the way to go! (String cheese, granola bars, fruit salad, and juice boxes.)


While we waited for it to get a little warmer outside, we played “pin the hubcap on the monster truck”:


And we had a “lollipop walk” (think cake walk):


And, because we didn’t know if we’d be able to get all the kids back inside again, we went ahead and had cake! Side note: 2 days before the party, when I mentioned to Russell that we would be having cupcakes, he told me he didn’t want cupcakes, he wanted a “big cake.” Well, if I had known that earlier, it would have been easy to buy a gluten-free, monster truck-decorated cake – but not 48 hours in advance! So, I did the best I could. Russell was happy it had monster trucks (cupcake toppers) on it.


Then we went out to the pool! For the most part, the kids stayed in the big baby pool. It was much easier for the parents (because the kids could play in there themselves), and the water was warmer. Also, there was another birthday party with older kids in the big pool.



The tire and yellow innertubes (pictured) were the party favors. They were a big hit with all the kids!


Most of the kids left from the pool, but a few stuck around and watched Russell open presents.



Russell asked for the “monster truck set” (a box of monster trucks at Target) for his birthday, so that’s what we got him! “Asked” is actually the wrong word – whenever we would talk about the party, he would talk about what would happen, and he’d say “and I’m going to open my monster truck set present!”


He got so many fun things: some pool toys, movie tickets, car duplos, to name a few!


What a fun party! We were so glad everyone could come, and Russell had a great time. I can’t believe he’s almost 4!

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