until this year.
and of course this year we invited more folks than ever because this was the first time he had any real friends to invite. we invited his whole class. thankfully only a few could come!
not only did we have thunder, lightening and sheets of rain, but hail too! hooray! so, we had to cram everyone inside--after poor hubby had done a days worth of yard work AND set up a scavenger hunt-type game for all the kids to do.
so, not only were all the kids in our shoebox of a house, but we had nothing for them to do. thankfully we had asked for no gifts and instead for kids to bring a book for a book swap.
in the corner of the living room hubby and i huddled up and put our best improvisers caps on and devised a couple of quick activities for the kids.
first we had them all get into a circle on the floor and hubby passed a bell around. each kid got to ring the bell once. this got everyone silent. which was so nice. then my son got the party favors we made and gave them out one by one. to each guest he said, in such an earnest tone, "thank you for coming to my party." it was truly sweet. he gave out little buckets with various things inside. one of which was a small pouch tied with string containing 3 beach shells that we collected on our recent trip (see new header pic).
the big brainstorm was to have the kids paint their shells. we put down a sheet, got out paints, water and brushes and let them have at it. i also brought over our big basket of shells that we were keeping just for memory's sake. and i swear nearly every rock, shell and piece of sea glass got painted! it was adorable. and really fun for the kids, i think.
in keeping with the "theme" i made bb a sand castle ice cream cake using martha's recipe.(am i the only one who mourns the loss of her KIDS magazine? i found this in one of the few issues i saved) this prooved to be his most difficult cake yet. no likee working with ice cream molds. so, here is what i affectionately refer to the "sand adobe cake." luckily 4 year olds are *really* easily impressed.