Madelyn and I helped plan Reid’s 5th birthday party last weekend and we had a blast!
Reid told me that he loved his field day at the end of the school year last year and it gave me an idea…why not let him host his own field day for his birthday! He loved the idea and helped me plan the whole thing.
First – I saw several “watermelon cakes” online and thought this would be a perfect event to try my hand at making one.
Warning: cutting the watermelon is a big pain, but the end result was worth it!
First, start with a seedless watermelon, so there aren’t any choking hazards for the little ones and no spitting seeds:)
Then, grab the biggest knife you have and cut each end off, creating a flat top and bottom.
Next, and here’s the hard part, cut the rind off by slipping the knife between the rind and the fruit and cutting all the way around.
It was difficult to keep the knife straight and it came out a bit wonky, but I was able to fix it later.
Here is what it looked like after. It was much taller and thinner than the pictures I saw, but we went with it:)
Since there was a bunch of fruit left in the rind, I scooped it out with a spoon to use later.
Then, I covered it in cool whip, which was much easier than I thought it would be.
I covered the top first, then tackled the sides. I’m not a great “icer”…no laughing!
I took the watermelon shavings fron the rind and green grapes that I cut in half and decorated the watermelon after the cool whip was set. I wish we would have had more fruit – strawberries, kiwis, and tangerine slices would have been fun, but you gotta work with what you got!
I think it turned out really cute! Reid loved it!
Since, I didn’t want to move it for fear of it falling apart, we kept it on the cutting board. We made this the night before the party-covered it and put it in the fridge and it survived!
We cut extra watermelon and surrounded the cake – everyone was impressed when we cut into it! It was a big hit.
It was like a gluten-free, dye-free, much-healthier-than-real-cake surprise!
We played 3 field day games. To reduce tears and fighting, and because it was a birthday party, we told the kids that they would be getting ribbons at the award ceremony after the games. The awards would be in 5 categories, “most helpful,” “most friendly,” “best sportsmanship,” “most energetic,” and “loudest cheer.” This made the games so enjoyable! They had fun and were so supportive of each other.
I made the ribbons out of little stars that I cut out with my cricut expressions 2 machine and I glued them onto 1 1/2 inch wide ribbon. I cut the bottoms into a “V” shape and we used masking tape to tape them onto the winners!
We played a relay race where the kids had to balance a spoon in their mouth with a little pom-pom on it. If it dropped, they had to go back and start again. Here’s one of Madelyn trying hard not to drop it!
We also did a 3-legged race. I didn’t get pictures, because I was Madelyn’s race partner. I don’t mean to brag, but we totally won that one! It’s all about teamwork, and maybe because I was the only participant over the age of 8, that might have helped:)
Next, was the balloon toss! This was always my favorite when I was a kid. We used regular party balloons so that they wouldn’t break as easy. The goal was to start close together and toss the balloon to your partner, then back up. The goal was to be the pair that could get the furthest toss without breaking it. We made lots of extra balloons, so that when we were done with the contest, we could have an all-out water balloon war – we were soaked at the end, but it was great. The kids played outside after and got dry in the sun very quickly.
We called the kids inside after they were dry and Reid taped the awards on the recipients and even got his own award!
Then, we had hot dogs and hamburgers from the grill, played outside more, then came in for watermelon cake and gifts!
It was easy, inexpensive and so much fun!
Happy 5th, Reid!