Sunday, July 14, 2013

Heroes in a Half Shell


Two days before our newest family member arrived, excitement whirled around one awesome birthday boy and four little turtles who were mutated by way of ooze in the depths of the New York sewer system. It may sound gross to you, but if this face is any indication, Nathan's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle birthday party was a hit!

Most of you know Nathan turned six last weekend, as it was documented in a sappy letter and a pretty incredible birthday interview; however, I've neglected to offer the details of his TMNT shindig. Let's go ahead and get that covered. Who knows, someday you may be faced with throwing a turtle party of your own. Now you have this not-so-handmade and stolen-from-Pinterest inspiration. You can't say I never gave you anything, right?

Like most things, we kept decor simple (and by "we" I mean my mother and a good friend as I served in a supervisor role). Streamers in blue and green matched the turtle tableware and bright balloons bounced in the air conditioning. My one claim to fame was turning the green paper lanterns into the starring characters:

The food turned out great with less effort than normal. We kept the theme with oreos labeled Sewer Lids and lime jello called Toxic Ooze. The most complicated treats were Donny's Staffs. All it involved was A) melting the almond bark B) dipping the pretzels into the melted almond bark and C) twirling said pretzels in turtle-colored sprinkles. All that was left was a call to the local pizza joint and turtles and kids alike were in heaven.

We didn't think too much when it came to games. We did, however, fill Nathan's favorite turtle with candy and offer each of the party-goers a metal baseball bat (or the wiffleball variety, based on age), and let them go at it:

The rest of the fun was spent splashing in the small pool and standing in line for the Mega Shark slip-n-slide. Although we were sad that our traditional three-man version ended its run at Nathan's party last year, this was an acceptable replacement for sure. I mean, it's a shark that may or may not eat you mid-slide. Worth it:

After the colorful packages in my living room unveiled what seemed like every Ninja Turtle toy on the market, it was time to slice into that killer cake pictured above. Needless to say, it was as delicious as it was cool. Nathan, his guests, and his little brother were quite pleased:

Thanks to everyone for not only celebrating my main man, but for helping this mama get through it. I can't say I wasn't nervous about this one. I wanted to get it all set up, make sure Nathan felt as special as possible, and not have a baby in the middle of it. One out of one birthday boy agreed that this party played out perfectly.

Now to figure out how to keep Nathan six as long as possible. This whole growing up thing is starting to take off.

Have a super Sunday, y'all!

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