We then went out for hamburgers - these guys were pretty fun to take out to dinner!
The following day was the birthday party. For games, we drew a giant (human-sized) board game with sidewalk on the back patio. They had a big painted die and everything (though in hindsight, I would have made 2 dice for getting through the game quicker!). Each square they landed on had a task (ie - act like a monkey, shake your bootie, give someone a hug, or go crazy!).
Even ZB wanted to participate!
Reed was inspired by a Mardi Gras party he went to earlier in the year, and wanted a King Cake (minus the plastic baby). It was fairly easy to make and Reed loved it!
I am so glad to have gotten to know Reed this last decade. He's had some ups and downs and they've all turned out to make him a great kid - thoughtful, respectful, kind, artistic, friendly and easy-going.