this post is sponsored by Target but all opinions and photos are my own.
cowabunga dude! it’s TMNT time!!
last week i posted about patton’s first day of school – and like i said… i tend to roll with a theme… i anticipated that it would be an emotional and stressful day, so i planned a little party for him! something he could look forward to despite some of the school nerves he would be feeling that day. (and quite honestly something to keep my mind busy while he was at school so the time would pass quickly!!)
i invited three of his buddies over to for the TMNT playdate. they each took on one of the TMNT personas and it was so cute! i’m so thankful for these sweet boys – i’m not sure they know how much it meant to patton & i to have them over! i specifically invited older boys that i knew patton looked up to – some were aubrey’s friends or older siblings of his friends. it made the day so special for patton to know that they were coming over to play with HIM! despite how anxious he was for school, we talked about how owen, jack, and jacob would be at school too – and that they would all be coming over afterward to have some fun! i think it took some of the stress away from patton knowing they were at school as well – it must not be that bad after all! i realize that having this party may seem a bit over the top to some… i mean who throws their kid a first day of school party? but i can’t stress how important this first day was for him. he has been unable to attend school because of his allergies and misses out on so many things… i would do anything to make sure that this day was a memorable, positive, and special experience!
food & snacks
there were only four boys (and a hovering older sister of course) so i wanted to keep it simple and small with a few different fun options for them. adorable cookies by Auntie Bea’s Bakery green fruit cups, fruit snacks, ninja turtle guacamole, jello, TMNT candy kabobs by Sweets Indeed, and ninja apples!
toys & favors
each of the boys chose one of the TMNT characters with a role play set from Target. i was lucky to snap a few pictures of them right away because from the moment they put it on, they would not stay still! they were having so much fun playing!
in addition to the role play sets, each boy took home a TMNT placemat & cup and a pizza favor box! they were pretty easy to create actually- i picked up pizza boxes from our local pizza shop and cut card stock to cover the logos on the top. i hand drew the turtle shell, outlined it with crayon for some dimension, then hand cut the belt and letters. they were filled with a notebook, pen, fruit snacks and a coordinating TMNT toy to go with their character!
i didn’t plan many activities because i assumed that they would be pretty busy with the role play – but decided to make slime with them! it was just 4 ingredients (water, glue, borax, and food dye – see the instructions here from patton’s science party) so they were able to do most of it themselves. after they played with it i divided it up so they could take it home!
they had so much fun! patton was beaming the whole time with his ninja turtle older buddies. i’m so thankful he has such great role models in his life and they are sweet enough to include him and make him feel special on his first day of school!
TMNT sugar cookies by Auntie Bea’s Bakery
TMNT candy kabobs by Sweets Indeed
this was a pretty typical photo from the day – it was hard to keep them still!