I Threw My 5-Year-Old a RaveLori Garcia
You clicked over to read the article because you were like, “What the?!” It’s not what it looks like, I swear.
I told you before that I’ve never thrown BooBoo a birthday party, but on the occasion of his 5th birthday, he wanted one and we were all too happy to oblige.
Woo hoo! A birthday party! A couple of kids, a homemade cake, maybe a bouncer – all cool and all fun. Then BooBoo dropped the bomb, “Mommy, I want it to be a sleepover party.” Gulp. A bunch of 4-5 year olds spending the night? Hello, scary to be responsible for the overnight welfare of the 6 and under crowd.
I thought long and hard about it and decided if this was what BooBoo wanted for his first ever birthday party, by golly, he would have it, under one condition: the party would be small. My best friend is a triplet mom of 5 year olds, they’d be invited. OK, that’s 3 kids. My other best friend has a 4 year old who’d be invited, there’s one more. I have an older son, age 9, he’d obviously be invited; he lives here. And then there was the birthday boy himself, another +1. OK then, four guests plus my two kids equaled six kids; the perfect number for a sleepover partay.
I spent the better part of Saturday cleaning my house and working my ass off. In the final step of party prep, I inflated the kids’ inflatable ready bed sleeping bag/mattress contraptions while my husband pumped techno music through the house at the request of my fist-pumping kids.
As my boys were dancing and jumping on their mattresses with faces aglow, I casually mentioned, “Hahaha, techno and a makeshift bounce house. All these kids need are glow sticks and we’d be hosting a child rave!”
My husband grabbed his keys in flash, “Yes! Let’s make this a dance party! I’m gonna run to the party store for glow sticks; be right back!” Friends, he didn’t just buy a couple glow sticks; he LOADED UP on glow paraphernalia as if we were hosting a rave apocalypse.
“Now we’re hosting a kid-friendly house party?” I asked. “Ohhhh yeah,” he said.
The party started off fun and traditional, we piñata-d, ate cake, opened gifts, watched The Lorax, made a sundae bar and then…got our kid rave on!
We geared up all the kids up in glow wear – halos, necklaces, belts, bracelets, and anklets. We shut off all the lights, fired up the Daft Punk, Black Eyed Peas, and whatever other mind-numbing electronic music my husband bounces to on his daily commute and we got our dance party on! Let me tell you, the under 6 crowd have better dance moves than all of us.
The kids were breakdancing, conga lining, and shaking their booty with more conviction than anyone I’ve ever seen at a rave since 1997 (it’s been a while). These kids were FEELING the music under the intoxicating spell of sugar and thumping rhythms.
Take a look at my favorite party moments!
Piñata time! 1 of 14BooBoo loved the piÃ±ata so much!
Taking turns 2 of 14Those little piÃ±atas are tough to crack open!
Boy Wonder broke the piñata 3 of 14Brut force, Baby!
Dinosaur tears 4 of 14BooBoo cried when his brother broke the piÃ±ata. Yes, he did.
Dino love 5 of 14Kissy kissy.
No comment 6 of 14
Hey you! 7 of 14Have a good time.
Cake time 8 of 14Nummies!
My homemade cake 9 of 14While not the most gorgeous, the cake was awfully tasty.
Make a wish! 10 of 14BooBoo wished he wished he didn't have to go to school anymore. Now that he told us the wish won't come true. Oh darn.
Blowing out the candles 11 of 14Deep breath!
Chillin’ with The Lorax 12 of 14A rare moment of downtime.
Child raver 13 of 14These kids have moves!
Color wonder 14 of 14Pretty colors!
The dance party was a sight to behold and truly, the most memorable birthday experience I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of. When the dancing was over, we settled in for a little Land Before Time action and headed off to dreamland.
All in all the party was a total rager. People, these kids could party. And yes, I’m still tired.
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