When my sister first asked me if she could have Caeden's Birthday Party at our house I had no idea what I was getting into. My sister has grand ideas and she is great at pulling those ideas off.
Caeden is very into Dora right now and so Jen planned a Dora Birthday Party. She was going to send the kids on a Dora style excursion throughout the house. They started in the garage decorating their very own backpacks. When they were done decorating their backpacks they got to fill them with different items that they would need to complete their trip with Dora. Each child got a foam number "2", a flashlight, umbrella, sticky tape, and a bean bag.
The kid's goal was to make it to lunch. They had to go over the troll bridge, through the jungle, and finally to the kitchen.
At the Troll Bridge they met the Grumpy Old Troll (my dad). Before crossing the bridge through our atrium the kids had to solve a riddle. Once they solved the riddle and crossed over the bridge, they had to follow the blue circles through our master bedroom and down our hallway, being careful not to get off track on the yellow triangles or pink squares that let to nowhere. But oh no, some of the blue circles were broken! So each child had a "broken" circle they had to piece together with their sticky tape. After they were done with that challenge they ended up in our family room or should I say the jungle. Here they had to avoid the crocodile and the snakes. While Dora was explaining how the kids had to throw their bean bags into the monkeys mouth, Swiper appeared and tried to steal their bean bags. Fortunately, the kids were able to say, "Swiper, no swiping" three times before he got anybody's bean bags and he ran away. :o)
When swiper popped out from behind the couch Payton's eyes got huge and she refused to say "Swiper, no swiping" deciding to instead to hide behind me. I thought it was funny, considering when she watches Dora on the TV she yells it at the top of her lungs.
Anyway, after everyone tossed their bean bag into the monkeys mouth they made it to the kitchen where they picked up their pizza for lunch.
I think both the kids and parents had a blast. The party went from 11:00 to about 1:00 and from the time people got here to when they left they were moving. Caeden told my sister that she really liked her party. I am so glad!
Payton told Dave that she had so much fun on her Dora adventure and has been carrying her backpack around with her since.