Birthday parties and ideas for boys are hard! Throw in they are becoming a teenager and it becomes almost impossible, right? It's not like I can throw a monogram on things or whip some personalized party treats...my son would disown me! Rightfully so, he's a boy and although we moms see the precious in a monogram, a group of 13 year old boys do not appreciate the "precious".
With the task of his birthday and celebrating ahead of me I had some thinking to do! He decided having a handful of friends over for basketball, laser tag, go-carts and gaming was celebrating enough for him. I was happy to follow his lead...as long as I could get some form of party decor in the mix.
I walked past our bar cart one day and BAMN it hit me - BAR CART THE TEEN EDITION! Party mom went into action - snacks, drinks, treats and trinkets (all teen boy pre-approved).
Next was a trip into Party City where I grabbed up a ton of popper (they pop when thrown on the ground), blue rock candy, blue gum balls and misc clear individual size dishes (for the bday boys request of individual banana puddings). The round cans of chew looking thing-y on the cart are Jack Links Jerky Chew (found on Amazon and scream teen boy).
I semi regret adding the balloons not sure if that put a dork factor on the whole thing but what's done is done. Had it not been constructed for a teen boy, balloons would have been accompanied by flowers.
We finished the celebrating with a party favor for each guest (yes a party favor, a yeti cup). I'm a dork about a party favor and sometimes you've got to let your dork flag fly! It was a great party, memories were made and fun was had by all.
I remember when my children were itty bitty and how special that time felt in my life and the pains of time passing so fast. Then one day it hit me like a brick wall - every age and season is "the most fun" as moms we are blessed to experience ALL their "first" from walking to having babies of their own. Enjoy each moment, celebrate family and make memories.
Love and Limes,