Friday, 22 January 2010

Shark Attack

The past couple of weeks have been spent mostly in preparation for Miss Denver's 7th birthday. Kyla LOVES to create and plan and celebrate, so she really sunk her teeth into this one, and we have both been toiling away into the wee hours creating a birthday bonanza. Indeed, the night before the big day we were up past midnight filling the bathtub full of waterbombs.
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
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 cake had settled in the tummy it was time for 'Splat the Shark'. Armed with water balloons, one person donned the special shark hat and became the target for everyone else. Much fun was had with this one.

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


Laura/CenterDownHome said...

Oh My God! I'm in awe of your and Kyla's party planning skills!! If I buy you a plane ticket, will you come plan and take photos at Meredith and Joseph's wedding??

Denver's party was spectacular! How long do you have to recover before the next birthday? xoxo

debra said...

Thank you so much for including us in Denver's Birthday Bash, Hay. I love the photos, and I love the love you share. xo

Reluctant Blogger said...

Amazing. You have such a lovely household.

I had no idea you had this blog. Not sure how i missed it but somehow I did. But I have added it to my wotsit now.

I just love your photos. Well, I love your girls too - they just ooze life.

Karen said...

What an absolutely INCREDIBLE celebration--now THAT'S how a birthday (everybody's birthday) should be spent! She'll remember that forever!!!

Zenmomma said...

Awesome birthday party!! You really went all out to make her day special. That's amazing. Will you come plan my birthday party??

Anonymous said...

WOW what a party! you guys are sooo clever and creative. A day to remember for sure.

skatey katie said...

land sakes.
i need a glass of wine.
this has to be the BEST party evah in the whole wide universe!!!
you got da skillz gurls X

Anonymous said...

OMG what an awesome birthday party. Happy Birthday Denver sorry I forgot long story one I might be able to tell your mum on the weekend of the 6-7 Feb if shes going to be home *wink wink8
Happy BIrthday once again sweet girl
Much love me xxxxx

Hay said...

Laura ~ The wedding is in April? Wow, so soon! How exciting. April is a crazy month here, we have Sienna's and Madi's b'days plus our wedding anniversary all in one week :o
I'll get my passport now ;). We have till the 16th feb till Kyla turns the big 10, then Rog is the week after her.xxxx

Awww, thanks Debra, I wish you all could have been here in person :)xxxx

RB, welcome! Glad ya found me here, and added me to your, ah, 'wotsit'. Hee, I can just hear you say that. xxxx

Thanks Karen! I hope so, if not I've got the pics to prove it, lol.xxxx

Mary ~ Anytime! Though I think you and yours are no strangers to fun either!xxxx

Mich ~ Thanks! It was so fun, and great to see how much she enjoyed it. Kyla was really happy, she even said she liked planning parties better than having her own.xxxx

Miss Skatie Katie ~ Yeppers, go hard or go home, lol. I will confess to needing a few vodka's post dinnertime :/xxxx

Lol Susan, I'll look forward to hearing that one. Big love xxxx

Petrie Thompson said...

So strange. Just last night I was wondering: how's Hay?

Then I see your comment today!!

Love it.

The word shark scares me.

Okay -off to check the Jenny Blogness site. Never knew!

Minnesota Matron said...

Hey Hay!! I was just thinking about you and then, boom, a comment! I'm good that way : -). Happy birthday to Denver and to you for doing the work!! And I hadn't ever really read Jenny the Blogness. LOVE it. Thanks for the link.

Mrs. G. said...

You Kiwis know how to throw a party! Happy is heaven.

Hey Hay!

Hannah said...

That looks like such an AWESOME party!!! WOW! Glad Denver had such an amazing birthday.

Hay said...

Thanks ladies :)

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