The first two things we did was decide where to hold it and the date of the party. In our case, we had to decide between our house, a friend or family members house or a local park. Our house and yard are fairly small so that eliminated that option for us. We really liked the idea of doing it at a friend or family members house but eliminated them because the friends were going to be having a party soon and the family members house was about a 45 minute drive from our town. So we decided on a local park with a shelter. For us, the date was based on the availability of the park.
Our next big decision was to theme or not to theme. Because of it being a combination party, we decided we wanted to theme it in his school colors as well as blue & gold for the Navy. We did the decorations in the same colors. There was even separate cakes for each theme.
After that we had to figure out who to invite. This was pretty easy but the list got to be pretty long. We knew we had the room because of the park too. We invited over 80 kids & adults and about 60-65 of them showed up. That doesn't count his friends that he just told to come either. I don't have any idea how many of them showed up.
I think the hardest part for us was the menu. The party was on a Sunday at 1:00pm so knew we were going to be doing a lunch. We walked around our local members only food club and figured it out. In all, it took us a few hours of roaming around there to come up with the complete menu. It consisted of burgers (grilled the day before), hot dogs, salads (potato, coleslaw & fruit), chips, tortilla chips & salsa, veggie tray, baked beans and of course plenty of pretzels-. Not to mention the toppings for the burgers - lettuce, tomatoes, onions & cheese. We had some help with some of the dishes but we did most of the prep work. We also had beverages of all sorts....adult and kid friendly. I talked about the cakes before, those we had made by the bakery at the local food club place.
Here is a list of the steps for those that like lists.
- Location & Date
- Who to invite