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Inspired by a trip we took to New York City this past Summer, my son asked for a "Big Apple"-themed party to celebrate his turning 9. We were thankful we had a beautiful day and included 30 of his classmates, cub scouts friends and neighbors. At first I was not sure how to pull this theme together, but everything came together well. My sister made "I heart NY" t-shirts for each child, which made for great photos. We turned our backyard into Central Park and enjoyed hot dogs, soft pretzels and pizza. A friend lent us her golf cart and we pretended it was the Staten Island Ferry and took rides to go see the Statue of Liberty. Each child had their picture taken with the Statue and we played patriotic music during the ride. The kids played baseball in "Yankee Stadium" (our front yard). Enjoy the photos and hope you are inspired!

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Party Highlights

  • Desserts

    NYC themed cupcakes, NYPD donuts, caramel apple lollipops, marshmallow pops, "big apples," yellow/black Oreo cookies

  • Activities / Games

    Baseball in Yankee Stadium, golf cart/Staten Island Ferry rides to visit the Statue of Liberty (and pose for a picture), movie at Radio City Music Hall (Home Alone 2: Lost in NY), Times Square countdown to sing "Happy Birthday," visit to "Luke's Candy Bar" (a play on Dylan's Candy Bar in NYC), basketball with the Harlem Globetrotters, craft: taxicab photo frames

  • Party Favors

    I heart NY t-shirts, taxicab photo frames, pretzels in I heart NY baggies

  • Best Moment

    Visiting the Statue of Liberty

  • What People Ate

    Dinner: hot dogs, soft pretzels, kosher dill pickles (deli style), pizza Movie: popcorn

  • What People Drank

    lemonade, juice, water

  • Luke's 9th New York City Birthday

    We got into a "New York State of Mind" planning my son's 9th birthday New York City style! So much fun!

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3 comments

  • Keanna T

    Keanna T wrote:

    Very creative. I love it. Glad to see a party not to far from me. I'm in Atlanta but travel to NYC all the time to visit my in laws.

  • Nicole Salena G

    Nicole Salena G wrote:

    what a cute idea!

  • Nicole Salena G

    Nicole Salena G wrote:

    What an AWESOME party!! I LOVE NY!! My birthday is coming up in August and i think i got my theme. Thanks for sharing!!