The theme of the party was based on Denver's current favourite flick, Sharkboy and Lavagirl (in 3D!).
First things first, the birthday girl started the morning with chocolate chip pancakes and a pile of presents.
She even got her own copy of Sharkboy and Lavagirl from Nana, complete with very awesome 3D glasses..
Then it was time to change into her party friendly outfit, and the rest of the girls to join in
We got these tees from Postie Plus, then designed the logo and transfered them on. Denver was so surprised!
The first game was 'Cold Feet' which had us all standing in a tub of ice, the one who could stand the cold the longest was the winner.
The results are still under debate, as Madi will contend that she is the winner because I made her get out, just in case her toes fell off. Officially the results were
Denver - 1 minute
Sienna - 18 seconds...lol
Kyla - 2 minutes
Madison - 4 minutes17 seconds (because of being asked to get out)
Hay - 5 minutes 17 seconds (and suffered stinging toes for ten minutes, yikes!)
From there, we moved onto shark fishing. Kyla and I had made little cardboard sharks up, attached a paper clip to each and stuck pairs of Denver's favourite stars on the reverse of them; Lavagirl, Shaggy off Scooby Doo, Taylor Lautner, Taylor Swift, Rob Pattinson and Alex Wolff. Denver and Sienna then used their fishing rods to fish up two fish at a time and see if they got a match.
Denver won, and got some submarines as a prize.
After fishing, it was time to whip outside and hunt for 'treasures' in the sandpit, aka some shark toys brought from Natures Own, and buried the previous night by Rog and Kyla.
Once all the sharks had been rescued from the depths of the sandpit, it was back inside to play Shark Attack! This game is easy peasy to set up, all you need is a balloon with a shark face drawn on and some music. Like musical chairs, they quickly pass the balloon between them, and when the music stops, whoever has the balloon is eaten by the shark, and thus, out.
Sienna won this one (carefully engineered so as to ease the green-eyed monster), and scored herself some playdough.
After all the action some nourishment was required, so it was cake time! A shark cake, of course, with a blood red middle to make it all the more authentic ;)
Washed down with our Sharkboy and Lavagirl cocktails.
After everyone had dried off, the 'bad guy' Mr Electric made an appearence, and Denver had to use some ice missles to defeat him, which she did, winning herself an Undersea Activity Book.
Then it was time for another hunt, this time to find the pages of Max's Dream Journal, something you will only understand if you have seen the movie. For a week or so beforehand, Kyla, Madi and I had been drawing the pages of the journal, and Kyla hid them around Denvers room. After she had found the pages, she was given the cover. She really loved this, especially as it had blank pages in it for her own creations. She spent some time later that afternoon drawing 'Lovegirl' and 'Lightning Boy'.
Next it was time to play 'Pin the Tail on the Shark'
And then, to finish up, a volcano challenge. We had painted some ping-pong balls up during the week to be lava rocks, and made a volcano from construction paper, which we'd hidden in Kyla's wardrobe.
After the games were all played the girls played, before cleaning up and heading out to Dinner at Denny's (because it sounds like Denver and she likes it), with the extended whanau. Miss Denver summed up the day, 'Mum, this was the best brithday ever!'
Happy Birthday beautiful! xxxx