Before the location drama was solved I told Carter we'd go to Sam's so he could pick out his birthday cake in hopes that would raise his spirits. We looked all through the book and even asked the baker about a PJ Mask cake. We were out of luck, they didn't have one! I pulled up Amazon on my phone and started looking at pricing of PJ Mask rings to use as toppers on plain cupcakes and told Carter maybe we could get a cake with PJ Mask colors and then put a few of his toys on top of the cake. Very chill he just said, "No, I'll just do a Paw Patrol party." After how he reacted to not being able to have his party at his school, I was so thankful he was willing to just change the entire theme of his party based on Sam's cake availability! He is normally very flexible and easy going which is why his sadness over the venue was such a surprise. I think he was just so excited for all of his non-school friends to get to see how cool his school is. As we drove home we talked a little more about his party and the alternative venue we had found. Carter decided he wanted to invite his entire class. Including him, that's 14 kids so not that many. Since Carter's birthday is so close to Christmas he normally doesn't have that great of a turnout at his party and I only knew one parent in his entire class so I figured not that many of them would come. I wanted to give him something about his party that was just how he'd wanted it so I agreed.
Carter invited his 13 classmates along with his friends he normally invites to his party. Counting in siblings that added up to 31 kids. We were allowed up to 20 kids but the fee for going over was $30, plus I was sure no more than 20 kids would be able to attend. As the day drew nearer and more RSVPs started to come in, I started to panic a little bit. I had ordered 24 of everything for our party favor bags thinking that would be more than enough. It turned out every friend he invited outside his class was able to come which has never, ever happened in the past. Then as his classmates' parents started responding, we were quickly up to 26 kids! Only 4 kids who were invited ended up not showing up along with a sibling who didn't end up coming. I called to let the owner know we'd have over 20 kids and she reassured me everything would be fine. I just started going over and over everything in my head. I knew there were 5 bouncers, with that many kids would it even be fun!? I got back on Amazon and ordered another batch of stuff for the treat bags which I didn't end up needing because a few of the kids left early and forgot to grab one on their way out. I wasn't too worried about having the party favors leftover because Elise says she wants to have a Paw Patrol party for her birthday so I'll just use them for her party.
|Treat bags at the party.|
|The kids loved the grape cups!|
|They also really enjoyed scooping out goldfish!|
|Me and Erin|
|Jeremy and Thomas|
|Carter holding hands with his friend.|
|Carter holding hands with another friend.|
|Elise looked at this picture and said hers was on upside-down.|