This party was extra special. When I say extra special I really mean extra brutal! When my husband arrived home Friday he was upset because he left his personal computer at work. I dismissed it because I was trying to get stuff ready for the party. I was prompted to update Cricut design space and was not able to successfully update my plugin. Using my Cricut is typically how I make my decorations. Sure could use the computer now!
On top of all that, my husband and I are on the keto diet and we both got food poisoning the night before the party. Needless to say, we had to complete the Ratatouille Birthday Party since 17 kids had RSVPd whether we felt good or not… or so we told ourselves!
The Ratatouille Birthday Party
Yes, the rat is real and the kids loved it! Not exactly Remy, but close. By the end of the party everyone held him despite their fear. When Little Blue Simi held onto the bars during the party looking at the kids it reminded me of the part in the film when Remy got caught by Skinner.
My daughter was certain no one was going to have fun since she wasn’t having a bounce house; we paid close attention to the popular kids games going on and picked a few we knew would be hits with her age group.
All three of my elementary kids love watching kids on Youtube Kids SMH. You know, kids watching kids on Youtube. Right now the popular videos in our house are the one minute challenges, minute to win it, and what’s in the box.
Fun Games for a Ratatouille Birthday Party
Minute to Win It: One Minute Challenges
The minute to win it concept are any challenges inside one minute completed first to become the winner. We played:
- Move the Bean. Get two bowls. Put pinto beans in one and give your kiddos straws. With straws in their mouths they move one bean at a time to the empty bowl. You know, like when you use to trap water in a straw with your finger or mouth when you were little. Whoever moves the most beans in a minute wins.
- Spaghetti Noodle. This one is harder; pretty funny to watch. Take a piece of raw spaghetti and place it in your mouth. Lay penne pasta on the table. The penne needs to be on a flat surface. Have the kids move the penne pasta by running the spaghetti noodle through it and then move it to a plate.
- Balloon Tower. This is fun! Place plastic cups bottom down in a stack. Give the challenging kids a balloon. They place the balloon inside the cup opening and with their hands behind their back, inflate the balloon to pick up the cup. The object is to build a tower. The tallest tower wins.
More Fun Game for a Ratatouille Birthday Party
What’s in the box? Design a box where kids have to reach in an identify what’s inside with their hands.
Listen, this game was fun for the kids or adults. My husband took a box and measured my smallest son’s arm span and ended up cutting two arm holes in the back (instead of on the sides). He hot glued two black socks in the arm holes to avoid peeking. He then cut a viewing window from the front (for the kids watching) and covered it with an old clear plastic shower certain we had laying around. I would suggest not doing this because the kids were constantly giving it away!
We put a pineapple inside, which freaked them all out, a plastic crab, and of course, the rat!!
Also, What is it? Have your guests test their tastebuds to win.
Put sour cream and sugar in separate bowls. Have them guess if the sour cream is yogurt or sour cream and if the sugar is real or artificial. Combine the two. Can they successfully guess its the two previous ingredients? Much easier for adults then kids.
At the back of the house I had a burlap banner I made from the Pink Passport Paper Pack at Hobby Lobby. Very subtle and cute and I divided the words Happy Birthday with the invitation nose, whiskers and hat. I would have been so cute with some bows and balloons; I’m was struggling!
Finally, I made the cake for the Ratatouille Birthday Party.
Because the motto behind the Ratatouille movie is Anyone Can Cook (recipe below). You could have the kids help you with this; the games took over at our party. I also made mini no bake cheesecake cupcakes ahead of time as a take home gift. I used a pan like this with mini cupcake liners and packaged them in plain brown bags with a tag and string. I also got the “Toadaly Handmade” stamp at Hobby Lobby.
I found the cookie cake recipe on Pinterest and ALL the adults ate a piece. It was delicious! I had a taste; not a piece and yes, it was yummy!
In the meantime I had the movie Ratatouille playing in the background with a cute sign underneath the TV on the mantel.
For dinner after everyone left, we had ratatouille of course! It was delicious and also found on Pinterest!
Despite all the setbacks it turned out to be a pretty good party overall. My daughter didn’t seem to miss the bounce house after all. We picked out a few games and played those the first hour and 15 minutes. Then we enjoyed cake, ice cream and opening presents for the last 45 minutes. The big take away for me was how much money I saved making the cake. Of course, it was on the less complicated side!
Before I forget, I modified a template at PicMonkey.com for her invitations. Here is a sample.
If you are looking for other party ideas you might like our Lego Star Wars Birthday Party Ideas 🙂
Until next time!
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