I told a parent at the end of the party, “It was fun chaos.” Ely said it was his best birthday ever. Will called it a success, because no one got hurt and the cake was good.
Ely’s actual birthday isn’t until Tuesday, but we had his party today, our only free Saturday until the end of June. We wanted to do something outside and something fun, and the idea came to us to do something with bikes. I remember a friend talking about having a bike parade party, and that seemed like the perfect activity for us as we love to ride our bikes down to the end of the street and back.
Each child came to the party with their bike or scooter and helmet (a must for being in the parade). First we decorated our bikes. We made nameplates on cardstock using foam letters, markers, and crayons and attached them with ribbon and pipe cleaners. Streamers were threaded through spokes and tied onto seats. More pipe cleaners and streamers adorned helmets, resulting in a look I’d call teletubby maypole. A pre-parade started in our driveway and yard, while we waited for several children to finish adorning their bikes. Finally we got to start the real parade. We lined up and went down to the end of the street and back (the line completely dissolved of course), then repeat, repeat, repeat. I loved watching the streamers fly behind the children as they rode past me.
By the 3rd trip, everyone was hot and thirsty, so we decided it was water, juice, and cake time. I made a simple sheet cake with chocolate icing, and decorated it with M&Ms in the shape of a bike. I though the cake turned out very cute, and was super easy as well, always a plus in my book.
After cake time, the kids were ready to go out again so we had a second parade. The party ended with present opening, tree climbing, bubble blowing, and sidewalk chalk drawing. Everyone had a blast.
Like I said earlier – fun chaos.