Monday, July 30, 2012

Little Athlete Olympic Training PARTY (part 1)


Our sweet, sandwiched-in-the-middle-like-an-Oreo-cookie boy Dakotah turned 10 and we celebrated BIG with a Little Athlete Olympic Training Party!  I explained last week that I was inspired to create an Olympic party for Kotah when we toured the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in 2011 BUT I had to wait until it was an Olympic year to make it feel more festive, so here we are!  Kotah was the ideal boy for the theme because he is always very active and always ready to use his body in cool ways.

OKAY.  This post is long.  This party was a lot of *happy* work and I have a lot of pictures to share!  Because of that, I need to break this down into a series of posts.  To see every single little detail, you'll need to click over and stay tuned for all the posts.

Here is what I've shared so far, click on links below to read details:

Party Sneak Peek including invitations
(I was stoked to find shoes with ALL of the Olympic colors!)








Our theme focused on creating a "training camp for future Olympians" in full birthday party style!  We had several tables, including a healthy RE-charge station, which I will share about in more detail in future posts. The highlight of the party was a SURPRISE visit from a fitness coach!



We celebrated at our local community center with a group of GOOD-spirited kids. This incredible and HUGE banner was provided by Banners on the Cheap.  I was absolutely impressed with this company! Their service was super speedy and the banner quality is excellent.  I will be doing a special giveaway to one lucky reader for a custom banner SOON so check back!




Outside, I set up an athlete station for our future Olympians to use during and after their workout.


 I rolled up sweat towels that the kids were able to take home as part of their party favors.





 Sun Safety first! I used a little bucket with bug spray and patriotic sun screen for the guests to use.



 I also set out a bottle of children's multi vitamins to keep the little people fully charged!


We played a couple classic and timeless games like potato sack races!



The guests were able to design their own awards to take home too.

 
 and we had a
SURPRISE!!

The kids were super excited to see the surprise visitor, Derek Trombetta of 970 Muscle!  Derek is a phenomenal person.  He is top shelf quality in both skills and personal character.  Our family was honored to have him spend time with the kids at the party! His visit to train all of the little athletes was the main party attraction!  Derek even dressed wearing ALL of the colors of the Olympics! His yellow shoes were my favorite part.
More details on his special visit in a future post...



He taught the kids the meaning behind the Latin Olympic Motto: faster, higher, stronger and designed their training workout around that motto.

 

Derek, the party's Olympic Trainer of the day took them outside to jump into their HARDCORE Olympic workout!


FASTER! HIGHER! STRONGER! 

Go

Go

Go!


Titus has springs in his legs just like his Daddy! {wink}


After the training workout session, Derek surprised each little athlete with a special, one of a kind, award.  Each award was individually presented on the party podiums.





This was a party highlight, watching faces and eyes light up while standing center stage for their Olympic award.


 Once the sweat session was over, I had a RE-energize and RE-hydrate Bar set up inside for the guests to RE-charge.



I made nostalgic paper chains in Olympic colors as the table backdrop to symbolize the Olympic rings.


 



This RE-Energize bar focused on the basic food health basics: carbs, fruits & veggies, and protein!

The carbs: granola bars



Protein: milk and cheese



The fruits & Veggies:





RE-hydration with a bucket of h2o and V8 juice:






The dessert party table had all the sweet lovin' treats!





My FAVORITE decor detail of this party was the world flag felt banner custom made for me by Taffie Wishes!  I double love Taffie Wishes! This banner was AMAZING.



I wanted ORANGE cotton candy Olympic torches as party favors for all the kids to take home.  I was happy to find our local candy store, Sugar Shack, was able to make beautiful puffy orange flames for us!





I special ordered the cookies from The Cookie Jar on etsy, the same vendor I used for our Magic Party last year.  I wanted the Ancient Olympics Olive Wreath simply stated in the middle of a round cookie.



I made classic, childhood favorites, M&M cookies.



I also wanted a simply stated cake for the party.  I wanted it to be solid GO FOR THE GOLD color.  My fun friend, Stacey from a Spoonful of Sugar, made the most delicious and beautiful cake for us!  I added paper rings on toothpicks that I made, an understated but effective topper for our cake.



 






For our main meal, we had the #1 party food in full Olympic style!
PIZZA!








I served USA Punch, as I've done before in a previous post.


I also was overly excited about this clever idea that popped into my little housewife head to make Olympic Torch appetizers from Bugle chips and spray cheese.


Before sending the little athletes home, they got to choose a grab bag to take home. 


We gave them all athletic and Olympic themed party treats: a whistle, jump rope, water bottle, Olympic colored socks, and more.




My favorite middle boy athlete 
was all smiles on his special day. 
 I appreciate Dakotah's positive spirit
 in everything he does!  
And I treasure his big heart that never stops 
caring and thinking of others.
He is full of life from the inside out! 
Happy 10th Birthday Kotah!

You make me so happy.




Previous Posts on this Olympic Party:


-Big Resource of Olympic Ideas




The government makes me say that I was compensated for this post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own and always will be!

Vendors:
Taffie Wishes, World Flag Felt Banner
The Cookie Jar, custom cookies
Sugar Shack, Cotton Candy Torches
Spoonful of Sugar, cake
Hot Tomato pizza
970 Muscle, Fitness Coach
Pen N Paper Flowers, invitations
Banners on the Cheap, party banner

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11 comments:

portatoredichrist said...

The last one. Kotah's very real smile while holding up Stacy's masterpiece is deffinetly my favorite picture :-). But it wasn't the one that made me smile first. I smiled through this whole post. Our boys are incredibly blessed to have a blogger momma who knows exactly what a dream-come-true party feels like. My only concern is, how are you ever going to be able to top this one!?

Kat Folloder said...

This is fabulous!!! Thank you for all the great ideas :)

Miller Racing Family said...

Oh girl how I wish we lived closer. Your boys look like they love the olympics as much as Trey does. I love the pizzas and the birthday cake. Great job on another party.
Hope you have a great day!

Mama Jodi said...

The results of your party turned out absolutely fabulous. Great work on all the details. Jodi @ www.meaningfulmama.com

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

YAY! Kotah is the winner!! What a great idea. Love the Olympics theme.

Jocelyn @
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday, Kotah! This is a darling idea for a party. You went to a lot of work to create all these special details. I'm so glad you shared this party inspiration. Definitely a GOLD!

Marlis said...

Kotah's bd party was absolutely the most fun I've ever seen. I am sure the kids had the best time ever.. totally a fun party with so many clever details. great job and happy birthday Kotah!! xo marlis

Krista said...

WOW...so many details! Great job! :)
Krista @ mk inspired

jamie @ [kreyv] said...

Holy cute idea! You didn't miss a single detail. I love it! Thanks for sharing!

Alycia Nichols said...

Seriously one of the best thought-out kid parties I have ever seen! SO many fun details!!! That red, white, & blue punch looks super! Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!

Heidi Fowler said...

That looks like so much fun! I especially love the Olympic "torches" and the healthy snacks! What a great idea. I’d love for you to link up this (and any other ideas you’d like to share) at "One Creative Weekend" on OneCreativeMommy.com.