In the past several days, I’ve made mention of this party we were having for our 2 youngest boys. I saw an image of a PVC bike wash online and loved the way it looked and wanted to duplicate it, but I went a step further and planned a whole party around it. There are lots of images of everything we did!
For favors I wanted things that were not ultimately trash, we’ve all gotten the party favor toys that are broken in no time and end up in the bottom of your kids closet. I may have had smaller favor bags, but I’m fairly certain they are things the kids will actually play with for some time.
I made the wrap for the chalk myself, keeping with the bike theme. Kids always love seeing their name on something. The water bottles were from Dollar Tree, a great find, it even has a little snack cup that screws on the bottom. We found 10 packs of Matchbox cars at Target for roughly $5 each and that enabled us to give each kid 2 cars.
Then I labeled each bag with a sparkly sticker (Crayola printer paper) using the trike from the invitation and again included each boys name. The other thing we added were our DIY glow in the dark necklaces.
Knowing that the boys were going to be busy and wet, I decided to keep the food simple and easy. Things they could do a drive by on. I carried the rainbow color theme into the food and everything was pretty eyecatching.
Chewy Lemonheads were layered in a large vase and there were Twizzlers, candy buttons and layered M&M’s. For the grownups I had tortilla strips and a southwestern black bean dip along with peanut butter filled pretzels. In the front tray are cheese curls and fritos for the kids. Then there was fruit, watermelon and peanut butter cookies. For lunch we had hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill, I used dinner rolls and the hubby patted some slider size burgers so they would be easier for the kids to handle. I prepared 1 special drink, Peppermint Lemonade (mmmm! it was super yummy) and we also had iced tea and a few sodas.
There was a favor table set up, in addition to the favor bags we laid out a smallish piece of slate for each kid and acrylic paints so each could make a stepping stone. (Later, when they dried, we sprayed them with acrylic sealer.)
Then I also tried the Photo Booth idea, it didn’t really get much attention, they were so busy with everything else.
A C Moore had duct tape on sale this week, with a roll of bright yellow a road was created on the patio for the kids. Funny how such little things can be so important. They actually followed the little road!
The last details were the bike wash itself, the sponges arrived on Friday and we assembled all the accessories. It was so vibrant and pretty, however as a warning, it was not excessively sturdy. The small 24-inch bikes work great, the bigger bikes how more maneuvering troubles. We also found that the sponges got very heavy and had a tendency to wrap around handlebars, so they got cut off after a few runs. I’ll probably reattach them for my own kids to play without the bikes. We glued the PVC at the bottom joints, and likely will need to glue the upper joints as well. Between the water pressure and the bumping, the pieces easily popped apart. Over to the side we had a bucket of sudsy water and several sponges for the kids to wash their bikes before running through the bike wash. Several of the kids seemed to greatly enjoy this and spent some time there washing their bikes.
Then there was the village. I will admit to being very proud of the little village. It looked so cute sitting at the end of the yard.