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Old 10-25-2006, 07:59 PM   #21
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So no girls...then I agree that video games would be the way to go, along with some "guy" DVDs like American Pie, Van Wilder, etc. Just make sure you have enough controllers or buy one of those multi-taps where you can hook up a lot of controllers so they can all play. Night football or basketball is also fun. I don't think you want to do any actual games. They're gonna think it's lame. Or you can invite some girls over. That will always make a party interesting. And invite them over after the boys have watched American Pie. Hahaha!
You're pretty in touch with what the boys will like, Ironchef, except I'm not so sure about the choice of movies. What I did was take them to the video store and let them pick out some games and movies. Guys brought their own controllers, and usually an extra Play Station or X-box. And then, we had the computor, where they either played games or IM'd with friends.
They also played poker...that may just be a local thing.

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When we weren't watching, the boys were known to pulled up porno on the computor, too... something you might keep an eye on. They never could figure out how Kim could track where they'ed been on line.

I don't recommend inviting girls. That's asking for trouble. Girls that age are not only more mature than the boys, but in this day and age, are quite liberated, and not shy about it.

Have LOTS of sodas...they drink them like beer.

And lots of food. I usually made them some finger foods, often ordered pizzas, but mostly just kept a lot of stuff on hand they could do themselves...chips and dip, of course, some fruit (bananas and seedless grapes), as well as Kim's venison sausage with sliced cheese and Ritz crackers.
Kids love to explore the freezer and find frozen things they can pop in the nuke or the oven. You wouldn't believe how many Totino's Pizza Rolls we went through. Also popular were the mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, Hot Pockets. Just don't have too large a variety at once, or they'll open every box and leave out what they don't eat.

If you want to cook something the kids love, go for burgers and hot dogs on the grill. And make a lot.


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Old 10-25-2006, 08:14 PM   #22
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Forgot to tell you all something. They wake up hungry.

Kim and/or I always made them a good breakfast. Pancakes, French toast, bisquits and gravy, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, bacon, sausage, didn't matter.
(Well, they did love Granny's pancakes and smokey links

In fact, when they were doing two-a-days in football, they always ended up here after morning practice, because their mom's all worked, and a guy could get breakfast at G'ma's house.
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Old 10-25-2006, 09:29 PM   #23
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they should play mission impossible! you have a few people who are security guards and the others are trying to reach a certain spot. they are allowed to hide but if the security guards see them, they're out until the next round. it's more fun in the dark.
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:51 AM   #24
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Nice one, Bugs! I bet it's really fun if everyone dresses in dark clothes at night, eh? Good idea!

dh has put together quite possibly the hardest scavenger hunt. For example, did you know that all lamp posts have a different serial number?
As to the movie choices, first off, none of the boys (thank goodness all the parents are in agreement with each other!) are allowed to watch anything past PG-13, and are all more into the original 3 Star Wars/Indiana Jones kind of movies. (no American Pie!)
And, believe it or not, even though the hormones are there, my son still has no interest in having girls "spoil" his party.
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Old 10-26-2006, 10:29 AM   #25
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Throwing Water Balloons--let me repeat, water balloons-----I've seen 20+ year old guys love hurling water balloons--they could also take the place of tomatoes for the batting game earlier mentioned---just let them know ahead of time that they will be picking up the latex later-----go to the dollar store, buy thousands, and they take minutes to fill up especially if you buy the faucet attachment just made for water balloons--place them in cheap laundry baskets which can also be bought at the dollar store----have towels on hand and you'll be a hit, Mom. Have fun---you are indeed a brave soul!!!!
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Old 10-26-2006, 10:36 AM   #26
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My boys didn't want parties after the age of 13 but for my middle sons last 13th birthday he had a few boys sleep over. I took them to the video store and let them each select a couple movies each.....mainly because I know as a teenage we'd stay up all night + they had the video games. In the back yard we made a fire pit and put straw bales around for them to sit on. Out there they roasted hot dogs and marshmellows. Inside they had fun making their own pizzas. Needless to say they gorged themselves on all sorts of food and deprived themselves of sleep by staying up late laughing and carrying on. They had fun and our lack of sleep was well worth it.
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:02 AM   #27
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This is fun if you have an area with a lot of space.

CAPTURE THE FLAG

There are two teams.

Team 1 has the front yard and Team 2 has the back yard, or a field was split between the two teams. The teams are given a time period, like 5 minutes, to hide their flag in their part of the yard.

[optional] During this period spies were sent out to see were the flag was hidden as well as look-outs to catch the spies.

When the flag is hidden you call out that you are finished. Then you simply try to get the other teams flag. If you get caught and tagged by the opponent on their territory you had to go to jail and could only be freed by a teammate who grabs you when your opponent isn't looking.

The first team to capture the flag wins. In most versions you had to both get the flag, and bring it back to your side.
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Sizz, that must've been a great one for your boy! Sounds like they had a wonderful time.

abj - great idea! I'll pass that one on to dh as well - I'd forgotten about that game.
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