Max turned 6! This is what his party looked like... but whoa! Hang on there. I'm going to have to provide some serious backstory here. This particular birthday party took a little prep time.
Let's rewind and start one year ago. Sometime around Halloween '14 Max began to draw the first letter of his last name all squiggly. He said, because that made his name look scarier. After a while, this name began to take on a life of it's own. Max created an alter ego we all lovingly call Max Squiggly F. He wrote books and drew pictures all about the adventures of a superhero called Max Squiggly F. Examples 1, 2, 3, and 4 below.
I thought this would be a phase, but oh no. For a whole year he's been screaming "Put this one in my Max Squiggly F movie!" from the backseat of the car when a song he likes comes on the radio. He came up with different scenarios, different characters and friends that needed to be included. So, it seemed natural that his next birthday party would be a perfect excuse to actually make this movie dream of his come true.
I sat down with him and we wrote a script. (Ok, we sat down a couple different times, I'm sure you can imagine the attention span of a 5 year old). I tried to type as fast as I could and write the dialogue exactly as he said it. There are lines in it like, Then Max got a piece of tape stuck on him while he’s starting to talk and tries to get it off. and Max swings out a golden invisible rope and they all cling to it- then everyone meditates and they feel the color of rainbow magic. You get the idea...
The script was awesome.
Naturally, the next step was to throw a filming party. Yes, this little boy essentially got two parties out of the deal. John and his brother are both incredibly creative and talented in the world of movie filming/sound technicianing/editing/making funny jokes.
We set up in our garage. Yes green screen!!! So fun. I stood there and pretty much fed everyone their lines (thank you magic of editing!). But the kids did great!
Leading up to this day I kept asking Max what kind of costume he wanted and he was really adamant that Max Squiggly F and all the superheroes just look like regular kids. Yes, less work for me, but you know how I roll. I'm all- not even a cape?? I couldn't resist, so I surprised him on filming day with a Squiggly F t-shirt (still regular kid, right?) and armbands with the kids superhero initial on them. He approved.
One month later...
It was time for the screening party! I created movie ticket invitations, and Max insisted that I include seat numbers.
I loved the movie ticket decorations! I got the idea here. Same for the paper fan garland.
I put out your typical movie theater fare... popcorn and candy. The paper popcorn cones were another favorite of mine. Get fun paper, fold, tape, done!
Every action hero deserves their own movie poster. (My dad was one of the bad guys- can you see him on the poster? Freaky, right!? Love it!)
It was a movie premier. Red carpet was 100% necessary.
Dim the lights- it was time to see the movie!!
Hands down my favorite picture. Look at those faces!!
All guests got to take home their own Max Squiggly F DVD as a party favor.
This was so fun and so totally worth it. It was definitely a group effort, but Max was so happy to have created something like this with his friends and family. We've also watched it 100,000,000 times already.
Happy Birthday, Max Squiggly F!