My son is an 8 year old gamer. He loves and studies video games. No, he’s not playing all day. When he’s not in school, he’s at his violin lessons, or soccer practice, or out playing. When he has time to play he does, which isn’t as often as it would seem. And if it weren’t for him being a straight A student and an extremely well behaved kid I’d never allow it. But he’s a great kid and kids grow up too fast, so I let him have his freedoms.
This year, we wanted to do a video game theme for his birthday party and he wanted it at our house. How do you entertain 15-20 kids with one television they can play on? You bring in a game truck. The game truck parked in front of our house and for 2 hours the kids played at their leisure. There are two screens on the outside and at one points parents and kids were in our front yard doing the dance game. My husband and I checked on them frequently but we were never needed.
Since the game truck was here from 1-3 we decided to have our party from 1-4. With plenty of snacks we ordered the pizza and it got here at 2. In the end, we had about 30 people here including kids and it was a huge success. I had a moment of freaking out when the morning of I got a few phone calls that people couldn’t make it, but they ended up being the only ones and more people showed up than I expected. Luckily, we planned for that and by the end of the day, there was one slice of cake left and a small bag of pretzels.
So finding game themed party supplies was actually a lot harder than I expected it to be. My favorite of the day was our x-box and Minecraft cookies made by Lutz’s Confectionery Corner. Courtney is the genius behind the cookies and I’m blown away by her talent. I was convinced the cookies would make it here in crumbles but she said she wasn’t worried about it. She was right! Out of 3 dozen cookies only 2 had a crack in them, which were barely visible. I definitely recommend her and will be using her again for more cookies. I didn’t want to do goodie bags because those tiny cheap toys are the first to get thrown away or become that annoying item that makes the bedroom always seem messy. I thought the cookies would be super cute and a great item to take home to enjoy later.
The labels and fold out cards I purchased off of Etsy from Pixiland and Printable Studio. It was super easy to use and very cheap! The green and black plates, napkins, and all the other items came from Target and Party City. I bought a helium tank so we could do the balloons at home and rented the tables and chairs from White Knight Rentals. They dropped it off on Friday and picked them up on Sunday. There was no extra charge for the early drop off and pick up, which worked out great because we could start setting up Friday night and didn’t have to rush to break it down after the party. By Sunday noon, our home was back to its old self and Jackson had a new stack of geeky toys to play with.
Although by the end of the party I was ready for a martini and had my share of kids for the day, I couldn’t be happier. We went out for sushi and drinks with some of our closest friends after for a perfect ending and Jackson slept like a rock. All in all, a huge success!
If you do a video game themed party, please let me know how turns out. Bonus – the game truck also does laser tag set up in the backyard. Maybe his 9th birthday?