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To say I’ve had the Ghostbusters theme song stuck in my head for a solid month is not an exaggeration. I’ll also be so bold as to say that Garrett’s Ghostbusters bday party may not ever be topped. I can still remember the first time the hubs and I (total ’80s kids btw) showed Garrett the original Ghostbusters movie. We could literally see his mind being blown and ever since he’s been completely obsessed. So much so that we bought him the entire Playmobil Ghostbusters set with the firehouse, Ecto-1, and all the Ghostbusters. p.s. can I just tell you how stinkin’ adorable it is to hear a little boy voice pronounce “Eeegawn Spaaangler” and “Doctol Venkman” ? So when he asked for his party this year to be Ghostbusters themed, I knew we were gonna have some fun with it – and that’s what it’s all about right? ?
We had easily 40 parents and kids RSVP so I knew I had to be prepared with two things – easy food options and plenty of games and activities for the kiddos. So here’s what I came up with:
- Glow in the Dark Foam Slime
- Slimer Photo Wall w/ Props
- Monster Hat Making
- Halloween Cookie Decorating
- DIY Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
- Kid’s Snack Station
- Slimer’s Hot Dog Stand
- Homemade Ghostbusters Cake
Luckily the decor was fairly simple because I had most of it already from Garrett’s toy sets. Another key factor that helped out a ton was his birthday being so close to Halloween, so we totally scored at Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby. As far as food – I chose hot dogs, popcorn, and chips. I have to say, the Popcorn, Indiana was a huuuge hit – if you’ve never had their black and white chocolate drizzled popcorn then your life is not complete. It’s seriously addicting and they happen to sell it now in the organic snacks section at Kroger – dangerous I tell you, dangerous.
One thing about fixing up a house – we still haven’t finished decorating or hanging things on the walls, so there was a ton of free wall space for a cute photo wall. This wall went from me wanting to do some sort of elaborate backdrop, to me free-handing Slimer and some random slime splatters. I also wanted to do a fun take on “pin the tail on the donkey” – something along the lines of “feed the hotdog to Slimer” but it just didn’t happen. I did ended up buying a few photo props and green glow-in-the-dark necklaces which ended up being a hit, and the kiddos just had fun taking pics with Slimer.
When we first found this house there was one thing that totally sold us on it – the sunroom. We could just picture opening up the two French doors and having this great, bright open space to entertain in. Since moving in, it’s pretty much just become the kids playroom ha, but still an awesome space nonetheless. Garrett’s party was the first real time I’ve had the chance to use it for what we’d originally envisioned it for. I set up two long tables that were perfect for the four activities I had planned for the kids. I was feeling brave and set up a slime station and luckily had a good friend who was a teacher so she helped out a ton there. Surprisingly popular, and a total last minute snag at Hobby Lobby, we’re these super cute and easy “monster hats” that the kids could decorate and wear. They also really loved decorating sugar cookies with some fun Halloween-themed toppings and marshmallows of course. I was a little “over-zealous Pinterest-mom” with the DIY Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. It was cool in theory, but you really had to be there to help them do it and everyone knows how all over the place a party host is – so I just had to let that one go.
At the end of the day, everyone kept saying how much fun they had and my monkey was on cloud nine, so I’d call it a bday party success ? Hope y’all got inspired to throw your own Ghostbusters party and when in doubt – Who you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS!!…Sorry, had to ?