My friend Kristi, who has twins Garrett's age, has been a friend since we met in first grade (for the boys). The boys, while their interests have varied over the years still remain friends and we have a similar circle of friends. So when I approached her 6 months ago about a joint party, she loved the idea. The only decision we made was to hold off till the end of summer before many of the kids head off to college. We had several ideas, but we kept coming back to the fact that we wanted the boys to love what we did. And one thing about our boys and their friends is they love good food. So pizza was not going to cut it. We researched food trucks (they all seem to be big fans of these type of shows on the Food Network) and we found this one-lots of great review on Yelp.
I have to say, we initially decided that this fit the bill for boy food, but it was better than awesome. The tater tots...yummo! It was kind of fun just watching people go up and order what they wanted. This was definitely different from any other party we have been to.
The boys could probably care a less about decorations, but Kristi and I did. The party was initially planned for the backyard, but then we decided with food truck out front, to turn my driveway into the party area. We strung lights between our garages and then added the Japanese lanterns. The pictures don't do it justice, it really looked great. On the garage door on the left, we hung a banner (all printables from Amanda's Parties To Go) and then I had 4 group pictures of the boys and their friends blown up as 2x3 foot engineer prints ($3.59 @ Staples-such a deal!). On the front porch we hung two vinyl banners of the boys. Wish I had a picture, but they were kindergarten pictures of the boys next to grad pictures of them. Got a great deal on the banners too, maybe $11 for both.
Just this week, several of Garrett's friends left for college so this may have been the last get together for many of these kids for awhile. I think we had about 75 people here, but since it was mostly outside, my house looked pretty amazing the next day. I think Garrett was pretty impressed by what we pulled off and it was a great night.