This past weekend marked my baby boy hitting his first decade. Still trying to process the fact that I'm the mom of a child in the double digits, but we threw one heck of a party to celebrate this milestone :) Welcome to our version of Survivor Birthday Island!
There were so many moving parts and pieces to this party I've decided that the best way to share it with you all is to do a quick overview and then add more detailed follow up post about specifics later, like the invitations...I decided to go with messages in a bottle. They didn't turn out exactly like I wanted, but definitely cute and totally fit the theme and feel we were going for. We hosted this party in the early evening so we could have a feast and get to light the torches and fire pit after dark.
|Message in a Bottle Invitations|
This year the boys outnumbered the girls by a large margin and there were some Jr. Survivors in attendance so we had all of the big kids pull buffs out of a sack which determined if they were on the Red or Blue Tribe, then the smaller kids were just directed to go with one or the other to make it fair. This seemed to work well and our tribes were pretty evenly split with about 14 kids each.
We had two camp sites set up, and the tribe that won the reward challenge got first pick.
They were given buckets of supplies, including shelter building materials with laminated instructions, fish nets, Dixie cups, wet wipes, flag making materials, a tribe mascot and directions to tree mail and the clean water well :)
With the camps and ground rules set up, it was time to really get the challenges going...
This consisted of the teams in 4-man heats, given 45 seconds to fish as many gummy worms they could out of a pile of chocolate pudding and deposit in a jar using only their faces, after the final heat, the team with the most worms won!
Lacrosse sticks, big containers of water and these awesome sponge bombs. Teams picked two people to be the thrower and loader on one side of the yard while all remaining team members went to the other end of the yard to be receivers. We did 3 1 minute heats, teams had to catch as many soaking wet sponge bombs they could and deposit in their tams basket before time was up, dropped sponges were out. between heats teams were allowed to strategize and switch out their thrower/loader, really fun.
Jumbo marshmallows and oversized straws! Each team member got a straw, the yard was marked off in 4 sections (2 per side) with each team having a home base on their respective end. Teams had to split into their sections, giant pile of marshmallows dropped in the center and you had to suck a marshmallow up with your straw and carry it to the end of your section for another teammate to then suck it u and get it to your home base. This challenge was well underway when I ran in to check on or feast; when I came back out it was over and those crazy children were going wild eating all of the marshmallows, gag :)
For the Water Brigade, teams stood in line with a bucket full of water at one end and a tube with a ping pong ball at the other. First perdon in line had to scoop up a cup of water and then pour it into their neighbors cup and so on down the line until the last person poured the water into the tube trying to get their ball to float over the line marked on the tube first. Problem was, there were several holes in random places in all of the cups, really fun to watch them come up with ways to adapt :)
At this point everyone was starving like real Survivors, so we had an all tribe reward feast!
We had island delights like BBQ Pulled Pork, Crisp Slaw, Hawaiian Chicken, Jasmine Rice, Hot Dogs, Tons of Fruits & Veggies, Chips and an array of different Salsas, Smores on a Stick, Lemonade & Punch (this was the only time they were allowed anything except water)
We were running behind schedule but we got in another challenge that they loved! :)
The Tribal Counsel Score Board kept a running tally
And the final piece, a Survivor Style roasted pig cake to finish it all off.
Everyone went home with a torch, tiki cup and these authentic Survivor style eating scoops that I picked up here. I'm bummed we ran out of time and didn't get to do our puzzle/food challenges and like always there were other things (like hidden idols, more tree mail & names on parchment attached to the torches) I planned to do, but just ran short of time/hands, oh well. Overall this party was a huge success and a real blast for us to plan and host since my son and I are huge Survivor fans! Hope you enjoy this peak at our party.