First, our sons were born 10 days apart. They play the same sports and have the same friends and we live right down the road from each other. When we were talking about their upcoming birthdays, it just made sense to try to do something together instead of negotiating weekend days to try to schedule birthday parties. (Realistically though? I probably wouldn't have done much for Eldest. He may have gotten a sleepover and a trip to the movies or something. So he actually lucked out with this.)
My friend Shelly's house has a huDge backyard. It made sense to throw an outdoor party at her house. (Score one for me!) When we tried to pick a date, it just happened to work out that the party date would fall exactly on Eldest's birthday. (Score another one for me!)
The boys decided they wanted to do a wiffle ball party. Hence, Shelly and I went with a baseball theme.
Party favors for each boy included popcorn, CrackerJacks, sunflower seeds, Big League Chew, a plastic Red Sox cup, and baseball chocolates--all in a cardboard popcorn box.
The boys started out playing flag football. There were soooo many boys that instead of having just 2 teams, they organized teams of 4 and did a round-robin tournament.
(I told you there were a LOT of boys.)
And OMG, it soooo helped that we had some Big Boys there to captain the teams and organize the kids and to break up any brawls.
Lots of (non-fancy) appetizers and sheet pizzas were served....
A flag football team winner was declared (complete with homemade trophy!)...
And then there were presents...
Homemade rice pilaf! Yes, really. Both boys LOVE my friend's pilaf. They thought it was hilarious.
And ice cream cake! And baseball cupcakes!
1. Throw a joint party;
2. At someone else's house;
4. And split the cost for everything.