Post by Ms. MMK.
It all started with one question. SJ (who starts thinking about his birthday about 7 months in advance), asked, “Mommy, I want to have a minion birthday party.”
In case it hasn’t come through yet in Mr. MMK’s blogs, SJ’s enthusiasm is boundless and wonderful, so the prospect of giving him what he wants and enjoying the reaction is quite appealing.
I felt my inner Martha Stewart rise (come on, you know she’s in all of us – some of us just squeeze her into our toes).
I started Google-ing. Minion cupcakes made out of twinkies? “Easy peasy lemon squeezy,” as SJ would say. Oh, but you have to start with cupcakes and frosting, cut the twinkies, delicately make the goggles out of….never mind. That many Twinkies won’t survive that long in a kitchen with me.
Minion bowling? Cool. Spray-painting soda bottles half yellow and half blue? I’m having visions of my children painted half yellow and half blue because they got in the way of my madness.
So I turn to face inner Martha. Calm down there, Miss M., we’re going to do this my way. And here it is: The full-time working Mom’s version of the Best Minion Birthday Party. Ever.
It started with printables from the Disney Web site (http://www.disney.co.uk/advertising/universal/despicable-me-2/downloads.html). I shipped them off to BestValueCopy.com for some cheap color copies, and the kids got busy as soon as they walked in. Then the “party team” (Mr. and Mrs. MMK, Mr.’s Mom, and BR) sprang into action, expertly guiding the kids through three minion party games.
- Pin the eye on the minion (no, I didn’t hand paint the minion; I bought it on ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/DESPICABLE-ME-PIN-THE-EYE-ON-THE-MINION-PERSONALIZED-PARTY-GAME-/331059290915?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4d14abe323#ht_980wt_642).
- Minion banana toss – I bought the monkey banana toss game from Oriental Trading (http://www.orientaltrading.com/going-bananas-monkey-bean-bag-toss-game-a2-61_4047-12-1.fltr?Ntt=going bananas) and spray painted it white, replacing the monkeys with minions. Okay, that was a little crafty…pipe down Miss M.
- Minion bowling – I bought yellow bowling targets from S&S Worldwide (http://www.ssww.com/item/bowling-pin-target-sets-W9781/cmc=SRCH/v=eWVsbG93IGJvd2xpbmc%2C/p=1/) and put minion eyes on them
After the games the kids watched exactly 12 minutes of minion mini movies (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Despicable-Me-Presents-Minion-Madness-Exclusive/17270207), which gave us enough time to set up the cake and ice cream.
Of course, the finale was the minion piñata. It is no longer with us, having fallen prey to the sugar cravings of 11 five- to seven-year-olds. R.I.P., piñata.
I’m going to leave you with one final tip – I can’t resist. I didn’t spend money on every type of minion paper goods. I bought the minion tablecover and balloons (smiley faces that I put minion goggles on), and the rest was whatever was on sale at Shop Rite.
So there it is, my legacy. Ready for the next Mom whose child turns their bright eyes to her, pleading, “Oh Mommy, make me a minion party!” She’ll find all the answers she needs on Mr. MMK’s blog.
Worth it? Well, as I was tiredly chasing down SJ at the end of the party to give his friends a proper goodbye, I heard him turn to his friend and say, “BEST DAY EVER!” Mrs. MMK (and her inner Miss M) smiled from head to toe.