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My oldest son turned 10 this summer and for his birthday he wanted an awesome Nerf gun party.
I think my most favorite project was the forts we made out of boxes.
I started to save our boxes earlier in the year and our great room looked like this.
My son and I started by separating the boxes into three piles, making sure each group had a few large boxes to keep the bases sturdy.
Then we made arrangements of the boxes, using Gorilla tape to hold them together. He wanted to make sure him and his friends could sit behind and still shoot their Nerf guns, and be protected from the enemy fire.
Make sure you have a lot of tape!! I went thru 2 large rolls of Gorilla tape by the time I was done. A good test to make sure they are sturdy enough is to pick it up by yourself. If any of the boxes move, use more tape, and tape the fronts and backs for the best support.
After we made our forts, next they needed some paint. I had some black, grey and metallic paint in my stash, and I purchased camouflage paint and some cheap green spray-paint to make the camouflage colors. My goal was to cover the brown as much as possible, so I used the lighter colors first just act like a primer, then did the majority of the painting with the black, green and camo. paint.
We placed one at each end of the property and one in the middle, and the boys played capture the flag.
The blue team’s fort.
The orange team’s fort.
To make sure the forts didn’t fall over during the party, I used some fire bricks we had to stabilize the bases.
I am happy to report that all three forts did their duty and we didn’t have one causality!!
I kept the food to a minimum, just snacks and homemade ice cream cake. I raided the snack isle at Costco and bought orange snacks and used painters tape to cover up the labels.
We served Sunny D, everyone loved it!
How cute is he?!
My son picked out some blue candy from Amazon.com, I think the kids liked the candy over the ice cream cake.
Most of the kids had blue teeth the majority of the day.
And the ice cream cake…..so yummy!!! I used store bought ice cream and added Oreo, kitkats and made a gram-cracker crust.
My son had no care for decorations really, but you can’t have a party without some decorating!! So I made some tassels for the food table.
I started by cutting some poster board into squares.
Cutting some strips, keeping about an inch uncut at the top.
Rolled and stapled them together.
Punched a hole on each side.
Then threaded yarn thru each one, making one long tassel garland.
I hung it on the front of the food table. This only cost me $2.00 people!!!
I didn’t plan any other activities because kids are kids and they like to just run around and play. The adults got to sit around and enjoy their ice cream.
All the boys were sweaty and smiling!
And my son got his awesome Nerf gun party.