He spent the week prior to his big day at Grandma's house getting spoiled rotten. Before returning home they picked up his dear cousin, Ansel, and brought him to join the celebrations and spend a few days with us. He got his first and biggest birthday present right when he arrived home.
He got a hoop for Christmas but it was much smaller and unable to withstand the powerful shots Caleb could throw at it. In five months time he'd shot the backboard clean off. He needed a real hoop. It's already provided hours of enjoyment.
We decided to carry the basketball theme over to his birthday party. It turned out to be a great event.
Here are the invites:
Caleb helped me set the table for the party. He was so anxious for all the guests to arrive.
We started with an NBA matching game. Set up like concentration, they had to match the city to the team name. (Utah to Jazz, for example)
Then we played "Chase the Dog" where the boys each wore a flag and while dribbling, tried to steal the other player's flags.
Then came the free throw contest. Each boy had one minute to shoot as many free throws as possible.
The boys had lots of fun writing their scores from each game on the scoreboard.
And to make sure the competition stayed friendly, we did a "Good Sport Raffle." I gave tickets to each good sport after every game. The boys were great. No one complained about losing and they were even congratulating other players when they lost. One lucky good sport got to take home the raffle prize, a giant inflatable basketball.
All that basketball-playing worked up an appetite and Domino's arrived just in time for lunch. There's nothing Caleb would rather eat.
The presents are always a highlight of any party. Caleb got some really great gifts. His friends know him well and know just what he likes.
Every party needs cake and ice cream. The kids were eating cupcakes all day long!
We ended with a fun basketball obstacle course and then set the guests on their way with a fun goodie bag.
Caleb chose to end his birthday with dinner at Red Robin. It was a great day. Happy Birthday, Caleb!