After being out in the heat doing bike stations, all of us were ready for a break inside with air conditioning. We gave the kids ice cold water while I read them one of the boys' birthday stories, "The Berenstain Bears and the Bike Lesson." I had read this story to Jaden and Cody a couple weeks earlier, and they thought the pictures of Papa Bear doing silly moves on the bike were just hilarious.
After the story, we went outside again-- this time for some bike decorating! Our supply table included bike spoke beads, colored straws and pipe cleaners for spoke decorating, crepe paper, and colored ribbon to make handlebar streamers.
I wasn't sure if the boys at the party would enjoy the bike decorating as much as the girls, but everyone stayed on task for longer than I thought.
For some reason Jaden wasn't interested in decorating his own bike. Instead, he spent the whole time helping Ryan. (Several days after the party, however, Jaden changed his mind and decided he wanted handlebar streamers. Good thing Mommy still had all the extra supplies handy!)
I had brought out a few bottles from our pantry to help make the task of tying the handlebar ribbons a bit easier (a helpful Pinterest tip). It seemed to work fairly well.
Despite his non-excited expression here, Cody did seem to be fairly proud of how his bike turned out. :) All of the bikes looked pretty fancy!
Our last party activity was to take the kids' decorated bikes out into the cul-de-sac for a game of Red Light, Green Light. This was one of Cody and Jaden's favorite parts of the party.
By that point, we had all worked up quite an appetite for lunch! Everyone served up hearty portions of food-- baked ziti, PBJ sandwiches, chips, veggies, and fruit.
And for dessert, of course, was bicycle birthday cake, decorated with Skittles, with Texas Blue Bell ice cream on the side.
It was Jaden's turn to receive the Happy Birthday song first this year.
Cody was next with his chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.
How fun is this to have my sister and brother by my side, working to make my boys' birthday party a great one?! Gotta love it!
When the kiddos left, we sent them home with a treat bag filled with some bicycle treats....
...a small water bottle labeled "Hope you had a WHEELIE good time," their laminated bike driver's license, some candy bars, and a really cool bike light that I had found for a great deal online. Of course, the kids got to take home their bike baskets and bike decorations too.
And that's Birthday #5 down in the record books! Happy birthday to my bike-loving, energetic, creative, silly new 5-year-olds!