If you’ve read my previous posts, you’d know that I was planning an epic birthday party for my 8 year old son. A Nerf Gun War Party. It was a perfect birthday party, affordable and a huge success. All the boys had a blast. I even heard a boy say it was the best birthday party he has ever been to. If you want to know how I planned the unltimate 8 year old birthday party, keep reading.
We turned the backyard into a war zone. I first started collecting wood palettes. Sean works in a building shared with a kitchen remodeling company. They have things delivered on wood palettes all the time and then dump them in the trash room. Sean asked the guy if he could take some and he didn’t care. And just like that, we got 7 wood palettes. That was easy.
Next, I started to collect boxes. I took about 7-8 boxes (depending on the size) and taped them together with a large roll of duct tape. Then I spray painted them with camo spray paint that I got from here. I used the dark brown and dark green color.
The hardest thing to get were the tires. I tried going to the recycling center, but they wouldn’t let me take any. I got lucky. I found 4 tires in a parking lot next to a dumpster. You’d think I found gold. I threw them in my trunk without a care in the world. I snapped a picture of the tires in my trunk saying I could use more and a friend of mine said he could get me more from his work. He works at a Lexus dealership. When I got to his work, we went around back of the service center and there was a huge mountain of tires. It was tire galore. I suggest calling a dealership for tires. They pay to have them recycled so I’m sure they won’t mind a few missing.
On the battle field, I had 2 baskets from the dollar store filled with ammo. I got 400 nerf darts from here
I decorated the table with army men Jayden already had. Table cloth came from here and plates/silverware came from the Dollar Store.
When boys arrived for the party, I had them “Gear Up”. We used Camo face paint and bandanas. We were going to have 2 teams. Red team and the blue team, but we decided to just let the boys do their own thing. They all chose Camouflage anyway 😉