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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Birthday Bash 2011

Whew!!!  We made it!  Our 4th Annual Birthday Bash was this past Wednesday and it went off without a hitch.  I can only say that because of all the help we had from family (thanks Grandma and Grandpa!) and a host of friends and neighbors.  We were just under 200 guests and had 9 families drive and hour or more to get here!  We collected almost 700 pounds of food for the local food shelf and $95 in cash donations.  We have hundreds of photos, but I've chosen a few to give you a look at our event.

The Carnival
Face painting, tattoos and sucker pull - huge favorite!
Trampoline, bounce house and duck pond
Fishing pond, bucket ball toss and putt-putt
The magician was great!  The kids (of all ages) really enjoyed the walking magic during the carnival

Food and Cake
Guests finding some shade to enjoy their supper (hot dog or sloppy joe, watermelon and chips) and cake
All the Krafts with the birthday cake - yum!

 Magic Show
Everyone getting settled for the magic show to begin
Family friend Mr. Alzen led the group in "Happy Birthday"
Magician Matt Dunn had the Kraft kids help him with one of his magic tricks - great fun!

Food Shelf Delivery
Big  Blue was all loaded up and ready to head to the food shelf - notice the little heads poking out above the bags of food!
Bringing all of the donations into the food shelf
Family photo (minus dad - someone had to take the shot!) with our birthday bash shirts on outside the food shelf

This was, by far, our best bash yet.  We are making notes about what went well, amount of food/prizes/supplies purchased, and things to change for next year.  It is a lot of work, but it is so worth it.  It is a great memory for us all filled with family, friends and fun.  I would really encourage you to give it a try - especially those of you with larger families.  Think of it...one party to plan...no gifts or "stuff" to find homes for (everyone brings something for charity of your choice)...sounds appealing, doesn't it?!

God Bless!

Heather :-)