We celebrated our sweet Ben’s 6th birthday today. Please excuse me while I crawl into the fetal position and cry for a few minutes.
OK. I’m back… let’s talk about the party. I turned Ben loose on a kids’ party idea website last month (what was I thinking?!) and he decided that he wanted an “Alligator Swamp Party”. You might think that I was thrilled with this theme, given my South Louisiana Cajun heritage, but I must admit that I have not watched a single episode of Swamp People. I was a little bit lost in the beginning. Thanks to Pinterest, things were back on track pretty quickly!
We are so excited that our new neighborhood has a pool, and it also has a covered picnic area adjacent to the pool that residents can reserve. Swamp theme + 100 degree June weather = Pool Party!
Once we had the location and theme set, I got to work on the invitations. Ben loved them! :)
His party ended up being pretty small (a drawback of having a birthday near the 4th of July – everyone always seems to be out of town). Regardless, he had a blast swimming with his friends and eating lots of yummy food and treats.
Happy Birthday, Benji!
The birthday banner
For this party, I just planned the food around the swamp theme. There really wasn’t anything else to plan because we just played (and played and played and played) in the pool!
We had potato chips, watermelon, chocolate covered strawberries, grape ka-bobs, lime jell-o, dirt cake, green Hawaiian punch, and swamp dogs (aka hot dogs).
The birthday cake had a swamp scene complete with a tree stump, cattails, a frog, a snake, and an alligator.
For favors, Ben and I made some homemade gak using this recipe. We put it in little push pop containers with a little wrapper that said “Enjoy some swamp slime!”
I was able to snag one picture with my two (when they came by to scout the food table).
Two of my favorite guys, ready for a swim.
After a quick bite to eat, it was splash time. They played HARD until it was time for cake. In fact, Ithink this was the first party where I’ve had to initiate cake time – normally they’re bugging me about it from the time the festivities start! Hooray for parties at the pool!
Cheetohs + swimming = best day ever!
I love how Noah’s shirt rides up his belly like Pooh Bear.
I picked up this cute ring toss alligator game on Amazon. They boys tossed rings for a bit. Then they wrestled the gator and rode him around the pool a lot!
Nice cannon ball, Jonhenry!
Splashing around with Tanner
Gracie usually sticks to the kiddie pool, but her little inner tube gave her the confidence she needed to jump into the deep swamp waters!
Checking for gators…
All that jumping & swimming was hard work – so it was nice to be able to join Sweetie for a relaxing float.
Paw Paw was in charge of keeping Noah from drowning. Sometimes he was more successful than others.
Thankfully Noah’s bestie, Rylan was around to cheer him up!
I was finally able to drag the boys out of the pool for cake. Brian & Randy miraculously lit the candles (despite the crazy strong breeze), and we sang to Ben.
Ben did a great job blowing out his SIX candles (while JH gobbled a gator tail in the background.)
Before his friends left, they each gave Ben a sweet gift. Jonhenry was showing him how to work the little basketball game that he gave Ben. Such concentration.
Tanner, JH & Ben trying to warm up – it was chilly outside of the pool.
Ben had a great time with his buddies! The boys all played so well together and really tired themselves OUT! I’m guessing that Ben will be requesting lots of pool parties in the future.
Once again, I can’t believe my BABY is SIX!!! Didn’t he just look like this?