Kritterman wanted a crazy hat birthday party for his theme this year. Frankly it had me stumped. The first thing I did was do a full search on Pinterest. Lots of Dr. Seuss themed birthday ideas with the red white striped hat and lots or Halloween witch hat ideas… but epic fail on crazy hats. I, by nature, am not creative when it comes to an ORIGINAL idea. What I am decent at is being an #ideabandit and augmenting the idea to suit my ideas and needs.
Panic began to set in. What am I going to do? Then it hit me. What is the whole reason he wants a crazy hat themed party? To have fun and be silly with his friends.
So, then it was about focusing on him and his targeted goal. This involved getting his favorite cupcakes from Mugs Bakery. He doesn’t like just any cupcakes… this boy likes “Dark Chocolate Grenache Raspberry Filled Cupcakes.” Ordering sub sandwiches from the Walmart Deli (which was a deal: 6 foot long 2 meat, 1 cheese with lettuce, tomato, pickle, mustard and mayonaise for $32!), which was his request with Puff Cheetos and sliced watermelon. Finally, all I had left to plan was the main event. I decided to go with a game truck, but when I went online I discovered that they would set up a laser tag even on your property. I once again consulted the soon-to-be birthday boy what he would prefer. Hands down he chose the laser tag through a local affiliate of the Game Truck company.
My panic turned to peace. This was going to be a great crazy hat birthday party after all.
I had Kritter fill out the invitations (post cards provided by Game Truck) and he added for every attendee to wear a crazy hat.
I did forget a few things along the way. Balloons, matching plates and napkins for cute birthday decor for whatever reason escaped my to do list. Did it ruin anything? You decide…
It turned out to be a great party. The Game Truck Laser Tag was amazing (Eric, my husband was very impressed and gave them a generous tip). Kritter loved the sub sandwiches and cupcakes. Was it a crazy hat birthday party? If you ask him, it was. Did he have a great time having fun and being silly? 100%… MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
You want proof? Here’s a video slide show capturing some of the fun:
Moral to the story: Focus on the fun, don’t stress the details and don’t let Pinterest rob your joy. Simple and silly is always better than cute and matching.