SIX: So Maiya turned 6 in February. We had the party at a park walking distance from our house. Mista Cookie Jar came and performed some great music for the kids. We had seen him perform at a couple of community events and Maiya loves his CDs. I have always wanted to do a concert for a birthday party, but Joe Reilly and Chic Street Man don't live in town and we don't really know Ice Cream Man (reggae kids performer that we've seen at the Farmer's Market). You know that thing about invite 6 kids for a 6th bday? Well we times'd it by 10, and over 60 people came, including 4 kids from Kindergarten.
GAMES: The theme was not Barbie or Bakugan, it was FRUIT! So my friend Mickie gave me some suggestions (via Skype from Japan) for games. You'll see in the pictures we did relay race games with orange on a spoon, banana on your neck, and oranges between your legs. Oh my goodness, how fun is that? The cake was fruit, and the party favor was reusable shopping bags that fold up into fruits.
ECO-PARTY: We did another ECO-party. It's easy to use dishes and real utensils when you have a party at home, but when you do it elsewhere, you have to lug the stuff back and forth. I got paper plates made of bamboo and recycled materials. We brought a bucket so that the nice plastic cutlery and hashi (used at several parties including her 5th bday) could be tossed in, taken home, and rewashed. I re-used some plastic tablecloths from past parties, and also now have 4 cloth tablecloths that can be washed and used again. We brought real mugs for drinks. Drinks were by the half gallon (no throwaway one-time use plastic bottles or juice boxes), and since it was cold, I made pots of coffee (not enough though) and brought them in the hot pots. The nice thing is that we didn't even fill one trash barrel at the park; although I did have to fish out a few forks and hashi.
Here's around 20 pictures to share. I know it's a lot, but we took about 130 pictures and filled up a video card, so you get the gist. (If you were there, and you want individual pics of your kids, we have almost all the kids with either a piece of fruit between their legs or behind their neck.)