Evolution of a Birthday Party, Marigold Style
Loudly declare that I will not be doing a birthday party for Milo this year.
Find out that East Coast friends will be visiting right around Milo’s birthday, and decide that since we would be hanging out with them and our San Diego friends anyway, we should host a get together for the grown-ups and call it a “birthday party” but really it will be mostly beer and pizza and maybe a birthday cake. Nothing big, nothing crazy. Not really for Milo. Just a get together with old college friends + cake. Simple. Easy.
Think about how Milo really loves ping pong, and wouldn’t that be a cute theme? What if we played ping pong? Steve’s parents have a table. It’s not a “real” birthday party, after all, and ping pong is totally an adult party game. That sounds fun and simple! Easy. Simple. Not a real birthday party.
Go nuts. Go absolutely nuts. Order a bunch of ping-pong related crap off of the Internet. Spend hours designing and creating party favors. Make sketches. Research food. Establish a budget. Create Excel worksheets. Throw ideas at Steve and bore him with every detail. Have anxiety dreams about not finishing the cake on time.
Host Awesome-est 2-year-old Ping Pong Themed Birthday Party Ever!
Accept gushing compliments with humble grace and sheepish grins. Oh, it was nothing! No. It was all very simple. Easy.
Party favors were personalized team t-shirts for each kid, matching sweatbands and headbands, and ping pong paddles.
All of the food was shaped in balls-chicken balls (with creamy dip!), melon balls, and a salad with cherry tomatoes, olives and marinated mozzarella balls. Any party where the guests get to say “balls” several times an hour is sure to be a hit!
mini-pita bread “paddles”
ping-pong ball cake (cake balls)
We also had a tournament for the adults with the following rules:
TOURNAMENT RULES and REGULATIONS:
- Tournament participation is required of all adults over the age of 4 ½. Non-participation will result in being sent home without any cake.
- Scoring will be based on the referee’s discretion, rather than actual points scored or “rules of fairness.”
- Rotating referees will be selected from a pool of non-adults under the age of 4 ½.
- Smack talk is highly encouraged, and points may be awarded for style.
- Bribing, tickling and verbally influencing the referees is likewise encouraged. A match will continue until one or more participants is sick of it and/or needs to use the restroom, at which point a referee will call the winner.
Uncle Tony proved best at manipulating the referees.