Although I was missing my favorite sister who is also my best photographer and detailer, I managed to get my son’s party completed. We ran a little late, and the backdrops were slightly off center, but the food was great and the kids seemed to have a blast. “Next time” I will make my posters on the backdrops a whole lot bigger! But I think it had a good earthy dystopian urban decay feel, with lots of metal, wicker and burlap!
It’s difficult to plan an appropriate birthday party for a boy who is turning 12, that can keep up with earlier awesome parties such as capture the flag, letterboxing etc. with 20 kids. I think we did it though! We were considering doing a “Minute to win it” party (maybe next year), but my son loved the book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and once I read it I understood why. Definitely a pre-teen and up age level appropriateness, but we figured out rated G activities, such as “last man standing dodgeball.”
Along with capture the flag, we had a sack-race relay, a hula-hoop relay, and short team-style version of frisbee golf. For more ideas for team-games in the backyard, check out this article from Suite-101.
I had a bit of a debacle with the cake, so I made a giant cupcake wrapper out of construction paper for a quick fix. This worked great, except that the frosting bled through in places. The kids didn’t seem to mind though!