easy nerf gun party

This was such an easy party to plan, and the kids had a blast!

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Once upon a time, we only had one or two kids.  They were young and weren’t involved in sports, and our time was plentiful.  Then we had a couple more kids, and they all kept growing, and became more involved in extra curricular activities, and they started having homework.  Once all of this went down, I started dropping the ball with birthday parties.  We just don’t have the time or money to do anything extravagant.  We do try to encourage the kids to choose an experience rather than a birthday party.  Most of the time, they happily choose the experience.  This year though, J really wanted a birthday party.  Thus, this easy Nerf Gun Birthday Party was planned.  And the best part was–  it was a surprise party!

Easy Nerf Gun Birthday Party

This was such an easy party to plan, and the kids had a blast!
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The first thing I did was send out a quick facebook invite to his friends.  I kept it small because I knew we were going to have the party at our house.  It’s still cold and yucky outside so there was no way we could have done this outside.  I let all of the parents know it was a surprise party and not to mention it to their kids.  I also let them know that it was a Nerf Gun Birthday Party so their kids should bring their nerf guns (we had a couple extras just in case anyone didn’t have one!).  Lastly, I let them know to bring the kids about 15 minutes before the party was actually to start so we could surprise J! (I literally did this less than a week before the party because I am a hot mess, and I can’t get it together).

The day before the party (again, hot mess here) we started gathering all of our Nerf Guns and ammo.  J just thought we were having fun.  He kept begging for a birthday party, and I kept telling him it was too late to plan one.  Lucky for me, this is pretty typical for me, so he totally bought that I dropped the ball.

I ran out (again the day before) and bought some blue, orange, and yellow decorations, tons of extra ammo (which would have been significantly cheaper if I had a planned a little and purchased from Amazon– my options were limited and I paid 3 times that price for 1/3 of the darts), a couple bags of chips, and some plates and balloons.This was such an easy party to plan, and the kids had a blast!

The day of the party, two hours before it started, Brent took J out for lunch.  The 3 kids left at home helped me blow balloons, hang streamers, and frost the cupcakes I made that morning from a box, stick some extra ammo on them for decorations, and set them up on my cupcake stand (one of the most-used novelty items I have ever purchased).  You guys, I’m telling you, I am the queen of procrastination- there’s not a chance I could have waited one second longer to do all of this.  I set out some cheap sunglasses as eye protection (yet another thing that would have been cheaper on Amazon) and two different patterns of bandanas to let the kids know who was on their team.  I also got drawstring bags (I found mine at the Dollar Tree along with the sunglasses), for the kids to hold their ammo while they were running around.  The kids wrote their names on their bags with Sharpies, and everyone signed one bag for J to have as a keepsake.  Now, normally, I would have used my paper cutter and printed out the labels on card stock to make the little labels, but not this time.  I used a pair of scissors, and a permanent marker. BOOM! I’m here to make all those moms feeling bad about their handwriting and crafting skills, feel better.  

This was such an easy party to plan, and the kids had a blast! This was such an easy party to plan, and the kids had a blast!

Then we waited for our guests, and eventually, J.This was such an easy party to plan, and the kids had a blast!

We gave the kids a couple of rules.  1.  No going in the basement.  2. Ammo is for everyone so no need to get upset, pick up what you find, the next round it will start all over.  3.  No shooting in people’s faces. Other than that, it was kind of a free-for-all, but surprisingly never got out of control.This was such an easy party to plan, and the kids had a blast! This was such an easy party to plan, and the kids had a blast! This was such an easy party to plan, and the kids had a blast!

This was hands down the easiest birthday party I have ever planned, and J smiled from ear to ear the entire time!!  I even heard he was asking who made all of his decorations, and put the party together. He was so proud!This was such an easy party to plan, and the kids had a blast!

What do you think?  Would your kids love a Nerf Gun Birthday Party?!!

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