The night before, Jon and I spent some time decorating.
For all of her kids' birthdays, my sister fills their room with balloons. We decided to fill our downstairs with balloons and this was a SUPER HUGE HIT. The kids could have run around all day kicking balloons. Best $1.99 ever spent at Target.
We also let them decorate the windows.
Being first born (by one minute), Alex always gets happy birthday sung to him first. We decided this year Nate got it sung first at home while Alex will get it sung first at the party.
Growing up, my family had an AWESOME tradition that I wanted to share with my kids. Whenever it was a kid's birthday in our house, every kid got a small birthday cake. My mom would let all of us eat as much of the cake as we wanted until it was gone. I remember it was an entire week of chocolate cake for breakfast. We told the boys they could do the same thing and they wanted sprinkles on their cakes. Sprinkles they got.
We are also fortunate in that Nate and Alex's classes sit next to each other at lunch time every day. We managed to get one entire Case family table at school for lunch. The boys didn't know we were planning this and they were SO EXCITED.
There was much confusion explaining to the lunch authorities that both of these were our kids. Yes, it is both of their birthdays. Yes, they are twins. No, they don't look anything alike. But pretty fun right? To know the boys are not known at The Twins but as Nate and Alex.... awesome.
For dinner, they picked Noodles and Co. because of the super delicious mac and cheese. I think that's awesome since Jon and I ate Noodles and Co mac and cheese on one of our first romantic getaways to Madison, WI many many years ago but we won't tell them that.
And then obviously more cake for dinner. And our big present to the boys was a tent so we can go camping. The inaugural trip will be father's day weekend!
Before bed, the boys rounded up all the balloons into our mud room into what might be a kid's dream come true. Please see the short video of an activity that could have lasted for hours. Again, best $1.99 ever spent at Target.