Yes... for those of you wondering... We did attempt the "CRAZY"
Although Marissa's Scooby-Doo (and Chuck E. Cheese, too!) party was more than a month ago, I've finally downloaded pics. I know... amazingly, so! These pics were taken by Juan, so give him a little break. He's new with the camera (and it's a new camera, too) and doesn't necessarily take the shots I would (or the angles, either).
First off, the were the cupcakes. I just got SOOOOOO excited when I found these little bone sprinkles on e-Bay and thought I couldn't live without them. So... I got the little plastic rings (also on e-Bay that were the centerpieces of the cupcakes. Unfortunately, i didn't find Scooby-Doo cupcake liners until AFTER the party, but they all turned out okay anyway. The cupcakes themselves were Fun-Fetti, as requested by Miss Marissa.
It's a little bright, but you probably get the picture...
Next up... the party table and cake at Chuck E. Cheese. Call us crazy, but this is where Marissa wanted her party. She is a total Scooby-Doo fanatic, so we tried to make everything else (that wasn't C.E.C.) Scooby for her. Here's Sierra, Marissa, Jake and Fernanda (I think that's the pink jacket) and our host. It was way too chaotic to get all the kids together... the hosts weren't exactly helpful there or "on time".
Here's a better closeup of the cake. It was French Vanilla. A sheetcake was on the bottom, which was airbrushed into rainbow colored (like really, DUD!) and Scooby was decorated with a star tip and Scooby candles (of course!). Marissa loved it all, AND it was gender neutral, so our lone little boy (you go, Jake!) didn't feel all girly.
Marissa got lots and lots of presents, balloons, and collected junk toys (from Chuck E. Cheese - their "prizes" aren't exactly quality material). Although it was pouring rain outside, I believe everyone had a good time. Kids' parties are hectic, no matter where you go or what you do. And this one was no exception. Even with hosts, the parents seem to have to do a lot of work. Oh well, we still had a good time, and I didn't have to clean the house! LOL!
I would like to thank everyone who came. Marissa and all of us appreciate you trecking through the horrible storm, and some of you had to come a long way (60 miles or more!). Thanks for sharing her 5th birthday (the first party we've had for her since her First birthday!) with us.
Whew! Maybe next year... (it sure would've been nice to have at least one of our kids' birthdays fall in a better month than January/February! then we could've done the beach or a park...) Thanks again! And if you have any suggestions for next year (preferably IN-EXPENSIVE), please let me know here.