And just like that....
our little boy was 6!
Despite the craziness of quarantine, we managed to celebrate in a BIG way! Mason's current obsession, Ryan's World, made the perfect theme for his virtual birthday party! The beauty of this party, is that once the quarantine lifts, it can also be super fun to do in person as well! The kids seemed to love all of the little surprises we had in store for them. We started by dropping off goodie bags to each house the day before, a scavenger hunt for each of the kiddos the day of, a surprise car rally drive by for the birthday boy, and to finish a virtual zoom gift opening and cookie decorating session! It was an amazing celebration for a very excited little boy!
Mason's Mystery Treasure Chest
Each child was delivered a treasure chest with several different goodies inside. It would have been a lot easier to have this party in person and give each guest these chests as they walked in LOL but we made the best of it and it was actually a BLAST dropping them at all of the different houses around town. Here is what it included.
1. The Treasure Chest: I found these on Amazon. I printed out personalized Mason's World stickers on shipping labels and stuck them on the front of each treasure chest.
2. The Post Card: On the top of each treasure chest, I tied on a postcard with a greeting and some instructions for the kids and parents. Thankfully, the parents were willing to get a little involved and help out with the festivities.
Mason and his sister Charlee hid 10 of "Mason's Mystery Eggs" in the front yard or porch of each house. We stuck a Ryan's World character sticker on each egg. We then left the treasure chest on the front porch, ran back out to the car, and waved and watched as each child came out to the surprise of a little egg hunt. This made the at home drop offs worth every single minute! The kids had so much fun with it and had not seen their friends in a couple of months due to the quarantine, so it gave them a chance to waive and say hi!
3. The Treasure Hunt Instructions and Clues: These included a set of 10 clues to be hidden by the parents around the house. I also included 10 party favors so that with each clue found, came a little surprise. The parents were so awesome hide the clues and gifts for us! We requested the kids finished their hunt before they signed on for the zoom meeting in the afternoon. That way, they could talk and share their findings. I printed out the treasure hunt instructions and burnt the edges of the paper over the stove top so it looked more like an old treasure map. You can see the outcome in the overview picture above!
4. The Cookie Kits: These were one of the prizes on the treasure hunt. I asked the parents to have the kids decorate their cookies while they watched Mason open presents on the zoom meeting. A few of them sent us pictures of their masterpieces as the meeting was going on. So fun! The kits were created by Courtney's Creations and included two cookies, a frosting pack, and 2 sprinkle packets each. She picked cookie cut outs that matched the characters in Ryan's World. They were as tasty as they looked!!!
I sent out an email to everyone involved that we would be playing outside for the couple of hours before the zoom party started. Since we could not throw flow blown parties for the kids this year, we decided to get them a bouncer with a slide. This thing is awesome!!! They use it almost everyday! If guests wanted to stop by and wave while the kids played, they were welcome too. Boy, did people go all out and make our little boy feel SO loved!!! And even though we requested no gifts....a lot of people dropped off the BEST presents!
When it was time to zoom, we logged on a little early and gave the kids a few minutes to chat and catch up. Then it was time to open presents. I set up a box wall as Ryan does on some of his toy review and hid Mason's presents that we got him in each of the boxes. I placed a different Ryan's World character picture on each box and we let each of the kids pick which picture Mason would punch in and reveal the next present! It was so much fun for him! It did not take to long to get through...but just in case, the kids did have their cookies to decorate during the process.
Finally, we cut the cake with everyone still on Zoom and sang Happy Birthday! Gina and the Bean did a fantastic job of making the perfect cake and it was absolutely delicious! The perfect ending to a perfect birthday celebration!
Links to All of the Print Outs:
Egg Stickers Print Outs
Treasure Hunt and Clues
Postcard for Top of Treasure Chest
Rainbow Cocktail Labels
Treasure Chest Box Labels
Links to All of the Purchases:
Inflatable Water Park
Cardboard Treasure Chest
Ryan's World Party Supplies
Charlee's Ryan's World Dress