Backwards Birthday Party 6yrold Style

2010 May 4

A “SDRAWKCAB” party…

Can you imagine anything happier or closer to heaven in a 6yrold boy’s world?

A backwards, up-side-down YTRAP!

I think my older girls had more fun planning and executing the whole thing… than the boys did playing and eating and bleeding.. (more on that later).

  • Balloons taped to the ceiling upside down

(See picture at top)

  • A bundt cake frosted and smooshed upside down onto a plate

  • Little boys in backwards clothing (And Big boys too…)

We ran the whole party backwards. Invites instructed the kids NOT to bring gifts. Instead when they walked in the door they were handed a small dollar store wooden car kit, and ushered to the ‘wrapping station’, where one of the girls helped him wrap up his gift. (These were placed in a pile and they took them home after the party as their ‘thank you’ party gift!)

Then of course we ate the cake right away. (I love pudding/cool whip frosting BTW!)

I wish I had recorded the boy’s conversation while they were eating their cake. 8 little boys debating and discussing the various ways and ‘what-ifs’ of a world turned upside down. “What if the TREES were upside down?” Oh yeah… “What if our eyeballs were upside down”. And my favorite: “What if you were DEAD?! Then you’d be upside down for sure!” Is that a total 6yrold boy thing to say or what?? They seriously sat at the table and What-if’d for nearly 15 minutes!!

My girls created a Pin the Donkey on the Tail game and that was next. After wards they went out to the back yard (oh praise be for GRASS!) and they started an impromptu game of ‘freeze’ tag.. we couldn’t think of a really good way to play it backwards… so they played it normal fashion… (here’sĀ  where the blood showed up..).

First one little boy came in the house trailing blood from a fat lip… and then my kid came in a few minutes later from a bloody nose. Okay I thought?? Freeze tag and 6yrold BOYS do NOT get along!!

We switched to ‘Goose, Goose-DUCK!’ Played normally except the kids walk around thumping heads saying Goose… Goose… Gooose… Goose… DUCK!!! And running for their lives. A whole lot less blood!

Then we ended the big event with the inspiration for the party: Otto Grows Down.

I promise, little boys LOVE this book. They sat riveted… their parents came to pick them up and couldn’t believe they were all sitting there… eyes glued to the story… (possibly imagining what if I Started Growing Backwards…)

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24 Responses
  1. May 4, 2010

    What a fun, fun idea, Carissa!

  2. Angie permalink
    May 4, 2010

    That party sounds like so much fun and turn out really cute. I love it.

  3. Melissa Ann permalink
    May 4, 2010

    How cute is that! Happy HAPPY Birthday, little ‘T”!!!

  4. May 4, 2010

    Carissa– Your son is boy after my own heart!
    How cool ia a backwards birthday? This could start a trend!
    (Otto is very pleased.)

  5. May 4, 2010

    WOW! This is so fantastic!!

    Great party–and happy bday to your son!

  6. jane sussman permalink
    May 4, 2010

    I am the authors sister in law and love Otto. What a great idea, a backwards birthday party. My daughter is celebrating her 23rd birthday soon. Might have to be a backwards event. Great imagination.

  7. May 4, 2010

    Soooooo original. What a fun idea. I love the upside down cake and the backwards clothes. I bet the adults almost had more fun than the kids.
    Twitter: sahans

  8. May 4, 2010

    Fantastic idea. Love the upside down balloons!

  9. May 4, 2010

    How much fun is that? I love it! The backwards clothing is the best – I bet it was too much fun to plan!
    Twitter: DanielleSmithTV

  10. May 4, 2010

    Glad everyone liked it!! My daughters will work for twinkies… or help on algebra either way?? šŸ™‚

  11. May 4, 2010

    Oh my!! Love it!! Looks like it was a blast!!! What a cool mom you are!!

  12. May 5, 2010

    Wow, what a neat idea for a party! Looks like everyone had a great time. Happy Wordful Wednesday.

  13. May 5, 2010

    That is seriously awesome! What a great party idea! I’m officially stealing it. šŸ™‚

  14. May 5, 2010

    I absolutely love this idea for a birthday party…so fun!

  15. May 5, 2010

    What a totally awesome party. I bet that even though my girls are older they would have fun with an upside down party. Thanks for the great idea.

  16. May 5, 2010

    Oh how FUN! Sounds like everyone had a great time (well, except for the fat lip and the bloody nose…) What a cool idea for a birthday party! Do your girls hire out? šŸ˜‰
    Twitter: RandomCoolChick

  17. May 5, 2010

    Oh my – that is totally emosewa! I’m putting this idea away in my memory bank for sure. I don’t think a 4 year old would quite understand that quite yet…
    Twitter: Lindsay_Y

  18. May 5, 2010

    Very cool idea. I have an 8 year old book-a-holic over here so I’ll have to check Otto out!
    Twitter: thenagainphoto

  19. May 5, 2010

    Well it looks, and sounds like fun was had by all! HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIL’ DUDE! Daddy looks so proud & both look very happy!

  20. May 5, 2010

    What a great idea for a party, I love the upside down cake and balloons and the crazy t-shirts. Fun!
    Twitter: KTnestingspot

  21. May 6, 2010

    What a great theme! My kids would love the balloons hanging from the ceiling. I imagine it would provide hours of entertainment too. I may have to try that!
    Twitter: bcharmed01

  22. May 7, 2010

    What a great creative idea. I love it!
    Twitter: kellytirman

  23. May 19, 2010

    My preschool daughter also LOVES that book. She calls it the backwards birthday book.
    Twitter: iambrimful

  24. May 19, 2010

    Awesome huh!

    If you are on twitter here is the author’s account:

    He’ll be thrilled to hear about your kid!

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