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10 Aug

First of all you have to know that I love birthday parties! I always have since I was a little girl. I love setting up tables with fancy decorations and playing birthday games. Growing up I was always making homemade gifts for my friends and family… In high school my group of friends and I always made a big deal over our friends birthdays. We decorated lockers, decorated the cafeteria, and just had fun if a friend was having a birthday. College came and I found myself decorating my apartment for my roomies birthdays, decorating a flower pot to place dirt cake in, and making sure we all went out to celebrate. Then, I taught school after college and birthdays were always a big deal in my classroom. You can read more about that at: http://www.teachingheart.net/Birthdayunit.html
Finally, I had a baby boy and started making his birthdays a big deal on his first one and then his second through his fifth just got better and better… Yet, I learned that I probably could have held off till the 4th or 5th birthday before having the big kid bashes – so my daughter won’t be as lucky and she will have to wait till her fourth before I start the parties for her.

I am in the beginning stages of planning my son’s 6th birthday. Last year is was a Spiderman themed party and a big hit with him!!! You can see more of the Spidey B-day at:
http://www.teachingheart.net/spiderman.htm

The big downfall of the party is having it at my house. I would much rather have it somewhere else. Last year God was on my side and kept the weather nice so that I would not have to have 20 plus screaming kids & their parents running around my house… This year I am worried about numbers again. It will probably be more than 20 kids if I invite his new Kindergarten class boys plus some of his old friends. I don’t want to leave anyone out. Then on top of that you have siblings that you feel you need to invite. I have a problem with guests lists, mine are always too long. So I am still trying to decide what to do about the guest list. I am leaning towards inviting the 15 boys in his class, plus the 15 other friends and doing some heavy praying that it does not rain. I’ll let you know what I decide.

One of the first things I do when I start planning the party: look for ideas on line… here are some good sites I have found.

Birthday Party Video
http://calluna.wordpress.com/2008/07/13/star-wars-birthday/

Smart Mama – Check out the decor and the cake!!
http://smartmama.blogspot.com/2008/03/7th-belated-star-wars-birthday-party.html

Check out the Yoda Cake – Directions how to make it included
http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/index.php/2008/04/14/bake-a-yoda-cake/

Another cake plus Yoda Cupcakes

Star Wars Bubble Sabers

More Links to Look at For Ideas
http://www.fun-theme-party-ideas.com/star-war-birthday-party.html
http://jas.familyfun.go.com/guestsubmit?action=displayguest&topic;_id=22&guest;_id=4240&category;_id=
http://www.starwars.com/kids/activity/crafts/f20051026/index.html

I hope to post more as I plan and I will put together a page about the party on Teaching Heart in September…