when i asked asher what kind of party he wanted for his 7th birthday, he looked kind of stumped and then said, "well, i like rope."
so then it was my turn to look stumped. but we did it. we came up with a rope-themed birthday party.
we invited some friends to the park, and the engineer rigged up a DIY mini ropes course between some trees like he did here. you know what? it's such a simple idea, but kids love it. we also had a tug-of-war and, as promised by the invitation, other "manly activities".
for a snack we served homemade soft pretzels (a bit time-consuming but not that bad, and the recipe seems pretty fool-proof--i've made it twice now) and fruit rope and cupcakes topped with licorice rope.
the party favors were "survival bracelets" that olivia and the engineer made. they used instructions from the craft store, but i'm guessing there are tutorials all over the internet. you need parachute cord and some buckles, both of which i bought last-minute on amazon. (thank you, prime.)
i could also see adapting some of these ideas for a party with a rock-climbing theme. or a nautical (knot) theme?
other boy-ish birthday party ideas: