November 22, 2011

My Sons Bonfire Party

Hi guys, this past Saturday we had my son’s bonfire party! His birthday was Wednesday, the 16th

He is officially 10 years old! 

His bonfire party was a big hit. We didn’t send out many invitations, but we had even more people show up than we expected… we had a total of 13 children.
The party was from 6:00pm – 10:00pm and 4 of the 13 children stayed all night and camped out in a tent in our front yard!

 They had so much fun!

This was the menu for the party…

S’mores Casserole
Graham Crackers
Chocolate Chips
Mini Marshmallows

·         In a baking pan, break the graham crackers up in pieces, sprinkle in a good bit of chocolate chips, sprinkle in some mini marshmallows & toss good.

·         Bake in the oven at 300 until the chocolate is melted,

·         Once the chocolate is melted, broil the mixture in the oven until the marshmallows are toasted (watch that they don’t burn).

We made this casserole in lieu of a cake… just spoon the mixture into plates for gooey s’more goodness!

S’mores Shake

Clear Plastic Cups
Plastic Spoons
Graham Crackers (smashed into crumbs)
Chocolate Chips
Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Milk
Mini Marshmallows (decorative topping)
Marshmallow Cream (topping)

·         Crumble the graham crackers and cover the bottom of the clear plastic cups with the crumbs
·         (Eye balling the amounts)
Add the vanilla ice cream, chocolate milk, and chocolate chips into the blender and blend (using the smoothie setting).
 ·         Pour the mixture into the plastic cups on top of the crumbs.
 ·         Top the mixture with a scoop of marshmallow cream, about 3 mini marshmallows and 3 chocolate chips.

Place spoon into the mixture and serve! This was a big hit with the kids…

And of course… the bonfire staples:

 Roasted Hot Dogs
Roasted Marshmallows

What’s a party without games? I dug around online to find games that were geared towards outside parties. They had to be games that these 10-12 year old boys wouldn’t find lame or baby-ish, and they couldn’t be for much older teens… it had to be something that these guys would be able to grasp the concept of.

I found two that really fit the bill, and they had a blast playing them.
The first game really only lasted about 15-20 minutes… Find the glow sticks… these little jr. hunters took no time finding all the mini glow sticks I hid all around our yard (under leaves, in cinder blocks, behind trees, in the flower garden…etc.)

After they found all 24 of them, they spent another good 20 minutes cutting the glow sticks open and writing on the cement and themselves. All in good fun!

The second game was called “Killer” you play it by taking a stack of index cards (or pieces of paper, whichever you have on hand) and on one card write the word Killer. One another card you write the word Detective. On all the other cards (1 for each player) write the word Victim.

Shuffle all the cards so no one knows where the Killer or Detective cards are in the stack and hand them out so everyone has a card.

Sitting around the bonfire the person who holds the “Killer” card has to catch eye contact with someone, and blink at them twice to kill them.

The persons with the “Victim” cards have to catch eye contact with everyone… if someone blinks at them twice (the killer) they have to count to five silently in their minds, and then die.

The person who has the “Detective” card, has to try and figure out who the killer is. If the killer accidentally tries to kill the detective… he is caught red handed.

Once the killer is caught, he gets a point for everyone he kills before he is caught, and the detective gets a point for everyone who is still alive.

Pick up all the cards, re-shuffle them, and pass them out again to play another round.

I really wasn’t sure how this game would be accepted by the kids. I thought they would either LOVE IT, or HATE IT… and they LOVED IT!

I was so glad we were able to have this party for him.
Being the only boy among three sisters, it's good for him to have "boy time" every once in a while. Also, it seems like the last few years we've had to put off having one for him due to a death in the family, being difficult due to the time of the year with Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner... etc.  It's always been something.

I was determined to have something for him this year, and I think it turned out very well. I heard one little one say "This is the best day of my life!" LOL... I doubt it was that fun, but it at least made me feel like the party was a hit.

Thank you all for stopping in and reading my ramble for the day : )



GingerPeachT said...

So all the s'mores look so yummy!! It's 9 am and now I want one lol maybe tonight though!
That killer game is very similar to one I used to play with a deck of cards back in high school!! I can't remember for the life of me the name we used for it. But it involved the killer, doctor, detective, and lots of persuading. Because some rounds you all decided to hang someone thinking that one would be the killer. Lol lots more complicated but the same premise.
Another fun one in the dark is flashlight tag. :-)

Angel said...

hmm, I might have to look that one up for when they are a little older :)... flashlight tag, I didn't think about that one! My son wanted to play something similar with the glow sticks... but the details involved hurling the sticks at the boys and if it smacked them they were it. I didn't see that one going over too well, so I didn't allow it. lol