Wednesday, September 30, 2009

movie party

As you can imagine we are a little busy around here and I am just now getting to posting some pics from Tally's birthday. My oldest turned 11 this month and we had a great time celebrating her and the precious girl that God is allowing her to become.

One of the things that we prayed for before we moved last year was that God would supply us with friends. We have learned to make quick connections and we really do have dear friends spread all over the United States. I believe that God has brought some precious girls for my kids to connect with for this season of their lives.

For Tally's birthday we decided to invite some girls over for pizza and a movie. In order to make it easy and enjoyable for all, the girls had their pizza on the back deck while Chuck and I stayed inside. We were trying to give them a little space to giggle and have fun with out us hovering.
We then quickly sang to Tally, opened gifts and got ready for the movie.
We gave the girls each a baggie with 5 tokens and they could use those to pay for goodies at the snack stand. I thought this would help ration out the sweets. Popcorn was free, but each candy was one token. Some girls spent their tokens right away, and some made them last.
Then it was off to the theater. We had a curtain up in the doorway and we had moved all of the furniture around to make for optimal viewing for the kids. Our movie was Horton Hears a Who. Chuck had also rigged surround sound so it was nice and loud just like the theater.
We gathered bean bag chairs and dish chairs and there was lots of room to lounge. Chuck and I sat on the other side of the curtain and watched from the kitchen. Again, we wanted to give the girls a little space. I can tell they are growing up. It is so different from the birthday parties that require lots of games and work. The movie was the entertainment.
I have to say, it was one of the easier parties I have thrown. The kids all loved it, the parents had an evening to themselves and it was a supervised evening of fun. I am just about ready to have another movie night.


Rachael said...

Happy Birthday to your girl!

We have done the movie party before and I agree - it IS easy.

I made a marquee sign on posterboard and put little mini light bulbs through holes that I punched. It looked really cool. And, I served M&M's and gummy bears and popcorn: EASY!

I LIKE your idea about the snack bar and tokens. That's great!

K-Sue said...

That does sound like an easy party. I LOVE the snack token idea! We still have not seen "Horton Hears a Who."

ScienceGeek said...

Great idea. I love the token idea. A great way to limit the kids' sweets! Glad your kids have made so many new friends. Happy Birthday Tally!

Tim and Susan said...

So glad you had a nice party and that God has blessed you with good friends there in your new home.

Karen said...

These are so fun to do... we use to do these when Emily was younger and invite the neighborhood kids.... it really was great. I need to do these again .... you really are creating great memories for you children!!!

Tickled Pink Talk said...

I am so loving this idea! I think I may do this when Jackson turns 9. I especially liked the snack shop idea.
I always love to read about your girls parties. you always do such a nice job! :)