1 Alexis has worked with Innovative Walls, http://www.innovativewalls.com/ to create wonderful wall murals for the kids' nursery, so we called on them to bring some "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" into our Clerestory space.
2 Innovative Walls created two custom-designed palm trees for us; a larger tree that guests would see walking in, and a "kid-sized" tree.
3 These decals are so easy to work with. They are made of a fabric paper that makes them easy to apply, move around, and clean.
4 A perfect backdrop for poses!
5 Of course, we needed to make some palm trees, too! Erin Furey devised a clever plan to create trees using foam core, paint, and regular brown paper.
6 Using foam core allowed us to make the leaves large enough to feel proportional to the large space. The leaves were hung from the ceiling with monofilament. The brown paper that makes up the trunk was affixed with double-sided tape.
8 I found these eco-friendly bamboo spoons and forks in France.
9 We printed an alphabet-patterned runner for the tables on photo paper. Heavy paper stock works well, too.
10 Alexis thought that it would fun for the kids to run around and be active at the party. She found Super Soccer Stars, who offer all kinds of soccer classes for kids.
11 Soccer is such a huge sport worldwide. Super Soccer Stars has chapters in NYC, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, and Chicago. http://supersoccerstars.com
12 Super Soccer Stars teach kids soccer skills, and sportsmanship, through several different programs - classes, camps, and for birthday parties like ours. You can plan your party in one of their indoor spaces, or they can come to you.
13 Warming up
14 The excellent coaches created really fun games to engage the children. The kids built "soccer birthday candles" by first, placing colorful discs on the ground, then putting a base on top of the disc.
15 Adding the tall cones on top of the soccer balls turns them into "soccer birthday candles".
16 The cones were now ready for a series of kicking drills.
17 Some children came dressed to the theme party in their own soccer gear.
18 "Back to the wall, back to the wall!" Coach Michael had all the kids pounding the wall as he chanted "back to the wall" to get the kids ready to hear the next activity.
19 Truman carefully followed the soccer drill.
20 There was a lot of positive reinforcement - a hug to say "great job!"
21 The children were so engaged by Coach Michael and his terrific team of coaches.
22 Even GK came to the party!
23 Here I am with another really fun group, the award-winning "Timbalooloo" - founder Oran Etkin, and "Tuba Joe" Exley.
26 Oran told the children he had a friend in this case - "Clara" .....
27 "Clara - Net!"
28 The children were enchanted!
29 Truman was fascinated with the tuba.
30 I made these pretty dried pineapple slices by baking thin pieces in the oven. Alexis baked and decorated the cookies.
32 We served very fresh, delicious coconut water from whole coconuts.
33 Setting up fruit-infused waters and the coconuts
34 Alexis made fun snacks from fruits, vegetables, and fruit jell letters - sugar snap peas, clelry, and clementine segments.
35 Another version using kiwi and banana
36 Empire Cake http://empirecake.com located nearby in Chelsea, created this fun and delicious cake for us. They are known for their sophisticated version of snack cakes, as well as for custom cakes, like this one.
37 There was lots of help in cutting and serving the cake and the jello!