A few weeks ago we hosted my son Mason’s fourth birthday party at our house. He told us a few months back that he wanted to have a Wreck it Ralph party and my husband and I agreed that it would be very fitting to his personality. It isn’t that he goes around actually wrecking things, but he has the middle child personality. He is wild, crazy and is always surprising us with something new (like using a stool to crawl up on the kitchen counter and then grabbing things I ‘hide’ on top of the refrigerator).
I have to tell you that I have a love/hate relationship with this party. I loved all the things we did and that instead of worrying about everything being perfect I let the kids help me with decorations and preparation so that they really felt like they were a part of it. What I hated was the fact that the weather did not cooperate and things didn’t turn out quite like I had envisioned. It was a really hot muggy day and I was planning to have the party outside. I knew it would be hot (Florida in July) so we planned the party for 7pm. The forecast called for rain in the afternoon and then clear skies in the evening. The weather forecast was wrong (surprise, surprise!) It rained in the afternoon like they predicted so then when it cleared up and dried out a little I started setting everything up. I went inside to cut some fruit and the dark clouds rolled in. I saw the wind picking up out the kitchen windows so I decided to take down what I had already set up and bring it back in to be on the safe side. I am glad I did because right about the time I finished it started pouring. Then fifteen minutes before the party started the sun came back out and it was beautiful the rest of the evening. With fifteen minutes left I did what I could, but I didn’t have enough time to try to set it up the way I had it.
The party table was set up in our screened in back porch, so luckily I didn’t have to worry about any of that. I was happy with the way it all turned out. To save a bit of money I usually try to bake the cake or cupcakes myself and this time I used a tutorial from Sweet C’s Designs to pour on the icing. I made printable drink labels that said ‘Hero Soda’ and whipped up a batch of my party punch.
I was able to take pictures of the boys testing out the root beer float stand which we named Tapper after the Tapper Arcade game in the Wreck it Ralph movie. Unfortunately it was also one of the things that was moved inside after the rain and was set up indoors for the party. I was happy I took the pictures early!! Click over to THIS POST to see all the details of the root beer float stand and how I saved myself a little time scooping ice-cream.
I came up with the games based on the arcade games in the movie. In the arcade game Hero’s Duty the goal was not to step on the green eggs or they would hatch, so I used our green Easter eggs and told the kids they had to get them past a line I made with ribbon without touching them with their hands. I gave them each a plastic spoon and they had to roll and hit them to the line. When they finished I had gold medals waiting for them which I made out of gold paper and ribbon.
There was candy crush bowling. A while back we had purchased some old bowling pins from our local bowling alley and they were just sitting around our garage. I spray painted them brown like chocolate and painted sprinkles on them. Instead of a bowling ball the kids used a soccer ball to bowl them down. The games I created for the Wreck it Ralph arcade game were a Wreck It punch box made from an old TV box and a piñata the kids got to wreck to find the candy.
Overall the party was a hit and now I get to start brainstorming Delilah’s first birthday party theme… thank goodness her birthday isn’t until November!
If you are having a Wreck it Ralph party go visit my pinterest board where I stored my ideas and inspirations for the party.
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