The Ben 10 party was a success. I can't believe I'm the mother of a five year old. I've been busy and haven't been visiting any of you lately, but I hope by the end of the week things will settle down. We were sick all weekend - when we were supposed to do all the stuff for the party, so that was interesting. I made a mosaic to spare you 16 random birthday party pictures, but this should give you an idea of the party. The alien in ice game was a huge success. (Thank you Deirdre for the idea). I would have made 10 frozen blocks of ice if I would have know how entertaining this would be for five year kids. I had other games planned, but I lost control of the group after that and they wanted to just play. (Many people have asked about how to play the alien ice game; Deirdre created a post with instructions) For our frozen alien, I used a small plastic tub and placed the alien face down in water (because it was floating to the top) and put it in the freezer overnight, then turned it out on a table before the game. We filled small Dixie cups of water and let each child take a turn trying to melt the alien. By the end of the game, they were using their hands and not taking turns, but they were having a good time. You could also freeze small cups and let each child see who can free their alien first. If you can't do this outside, you could make alien slime; here is a recipe (I believe some craft stores sell a mix) and mix in some aliens. If you have any questions, please email me and I will try to help you out.
The treat bags contained glow sticks, Pop Rocks, flying saucer candy, glow in the dark Silly Putty, tattoos, any green candy I could find, and glow in the dark plastic stars to hang on the ceiling. I love making treat bags-I could do it for a living. I made a simple draw string bag, attached a Ben 10 tag and glow stick to the outside. Each child also started the party with glow bracelets and an alien super ball. If you want kids to be happy, hand them a glow bracelet - they were so excited and then some were weird and paranoid that they would lose one.
The wreath in the picture was copied from Uncommon Grace. When I saw it on her blog, I had to make one. Her wreath looks nicer, but I am an amateur.
We have a tradition of birthday cake in bed on the morning of your birthday. Even the cat got a piece of cake. I try to carve out little pieces of time early because parties keep you away from the one you want to spend time with. I also find it impossible to be maid, pourer of juice, slinger of cake, and photographer, so it's nice to get some calm shots before the festivities.
I have more to post about the party in the next couple of days. Sorry I have not been by to visit any of your blogs,