Because he's SUCH a Calvin. And he is reading my complete set (I've given up trying to keep those away from the kids) as I type this. I grew up with Calvin, too, so it makes me happy.
We did a quick photoshoot, basically dressing him kinda like Calvin, and sending him down a hill in a wagon a bunch of times.
And making Calvin-esque sneaky faces.
Oh, and plush Hobbes didn't get done in time for the party, darn it. But you've gotta let stuff go, right?
I stencilled the stripes and Calvin silhouette for his birthday shirt.
This year we held the party at our church. LOTS of room to play.
I blew up a Calvin image (much like the 80's posters from this party) but I wasn't too careful putting them together...
I wish I'd gotten a closeup of the table - they had cute red with white polka dot paper straws, sparkly (annoying) noisemakers, and comics lining the table. It was fun.
The banners are circles of Calvin pictures and newspaper triangles.
One corner of the room was the Box Corner. I've been saving them... A few were turned into time machines and transmogrifiers.
Other activity setups (click to see anything bigger):
Newspaper hats, Calvin's comic corner, dinosaur tattoos,
And then we just needed guests.
Let's go back to the food table...
I totally forgot bowls for the 'tiger tails' and pretzels! Classy. Did the boys care? Nope.
Also I think The Girl may have been offended that I made a G.R.O.S.S. sign. But I had to, right? While they were eating cake the boys had a club meeting. ;)
I also forgot to stick in the Calvin cupcake toppers I made! Darn it!
We had comics on the food table as well as prints from our little shoot.
Chocolate eight pops, cupcakes (sans toppers, boo!), 'tiger tails' (cheetos), pretzel sticks, and...
Chocolate frosted sugar bombs (cocoa puffs)! Adorable printable transmogrifier papercraft found here.
I had so much fun making the Eiffel Tower chocolate pops last year I thought I'd do some again. Visually they look good on a table, too. But red and white? Was more Halloween-y than I had intended... a few were kept in reserves because they were a bit too 'dripping blood-ish.'
Also I forgot my floral foam blocks to stick them in. Luckily the Box Corner had a big piece of styrofoam in it! But then they didn't stand up straight, oh well!
Okay, remember all those activites I set up? That was a Just In Case kinda thing. Here's what they did:
(Please click to see that one bigger because my boy dressed as Calvin wearing swimming goggles running around in a time machine box kinda slays me).
They played with those boxes. No organized games, and while a few did get hats, a few dino tattoos, and a few knocked the cups over (with a balloon or their hand while zooming by), the boxes WERE the party. Well, boxes and treats. And that was awesome.
They drew, cut, punched, transmogrified, chased, hid, sneaked, ran and ripped.
Not your typical party game!
Let's talk goodie bags.
I wanted to make sugar cookie favors (again (and again)) but the kitchen thingy we're doing didn't allow. As it is, my daughter made the cupcakes at Grandma's kitchen. So I made a list of some of Calvin's favorite things, and whipped up some little Calvin pins (fun to break out the button maker!) as well. All tucked into little white craft paper bags with red/white tape to cute it up. (side note: I found teeny packs of playfoam - the boys LOVE playfoam, and it is a necessity for the redhead - on amazon for cheap!)
The boys had fun, especially the birthday boy, yay! A proper celebration for an eighth birthday? Check and check.
Next up: the baptism celebration! Oh goodness.