Mighty Untidy Messy Party

No clown. No bouncy castle. All 4-year-old Gram Malone, of Nashville, wanted for his birthday was to get messy. His mom, Sara, obliged with flour fights, Silly String, and lots of wipes.

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Under Cover

Sara Hicks Malone

Under Cover

Guests were outfitted with goggles and rain gear before the messy games began.

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Splatter Art

Sara Hicks Malone

Splatter Art

Sara, a stationary designer, made the custom invites. Gram created the "messy" envelopes.

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Buckets of Fun

Sara Hicks Malone

Buckets of Fun

Each child was given a plastic bucket with her name to keep the chaos (somewhat) organized.

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Whiteout

Sara Hicks Malone

Whiteout

The birthday boy was content to be covered in flour.

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Muddy Buddies

Sara Hicks Malone

Muddy Buddies

A baby pool was filled with potting soil and prizes in plastic bags. The kids couldn't wait to dig in.

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Perfectly Imperfect

Sara Hicks Malone

Perfectly Imperfect

Gram loves doughnuts, so Sara ordered a doughnut cake from a local bakery and decorated it with a tower of doughnut holes and powdered sugar.

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Hands-Free Treats

Sara Hicks Malone

Hands-Free Treats

Kids also ate doughnuts hanging from strings, which resulted in giggles and sugarcoated noses.

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Zippity Do!

Sara Hicks Malone

Zippity Do!

Bold and brave guests flew down a zip line while being sprayed with Silly String.

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Eggcellent Idea

Sara Hicks Malone

Eggcellent Idea

Blown-out eggs were filled with confetti for a smashing good time.

Originally published in the September 2012 issue of Parents magazine.

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