Mighty Untidy Messy Party

confetti on girl
Sara Hicks Malone
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.
Sara Hicks Malone
Sara Hicks Malone

Under Cover

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

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Sara Hicks Malone
Sara Hicks Malone

Splatter Art

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

Sara Hicks Malone
Sara Hicks Malone

Buckets of Fun

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

Sara Hicks Malone
Sara Hicks Malone

Whiteout

The birthday boy was content to be covered in flour.

Sara Hicks Malone
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.

Sara Hicks Malone
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.

Sara Hicks Malone
Sara Hicks Malone

Hands-Free Treats

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

Sara Hicks Malone
Sara Hicks Malone

Zippity Do!

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

Sara Hicks Malone
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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