As I reported last week, I was selected to host a Mega Blocks Hot Wheels House Party. If you haven't seen them, here's a picture:
If you are a five year old boy (or girl) or forty five year old man, you understand how completely insanely over-the-top awesome this toy is. It is a HOT WHEELS that comes apart and can be rebuilt over and over and over (which comes in handy on a long holiday weekend.)
We received our box of supplies from House Party which included two tracks and eleven "Turbo Tubes" which contained a car that can be built and rebuilt in three different ways (according to the directions) and a bajillion different ways according to my five year old.
We had eleven children attend the party, so each kid got his/her own car to build and rebuild. The 7-8-9 year olds built their cars, raced them, then raced out the door and into the fall sunshine.
The 5 and 6 year olds built them, raced, rebuilt, raced again, rinse, repeat.
Not all little girls are into dolls, as you can tell. This future STEM major raced and rebuilt all afternoon:
This kid (and his dad) loved it so much, they went home with a track, too.
You may notice that I have several photos of the cars but none of the two tracks. Sadly, the tracks did not hold up to the rigors of the racing circuit. (Full disclosure: "sadly" is an understatement. Each track took over an hour to put together, step by frustrating step, then promptly fell apart each time a child glanced at it from across the room. Or breathed.) After repeated efforts to repair the tracks after every race, we finally put a piece of tape on the kitchen floor and used that as our racetrack. That was the only disappointment of the day.
I made cupcakes and banana and pumpkin breads, served with juice boxes, soda, and red wine. (Note: the half up/half down striped wallpaper in the kitchen - the beige on the wall to the left is glue that needs to be scrubbed off.)
All in all, a great time was had by all. I enjoyed being able to share the product with friends and was thrilled to have been chosen to host the party.
*Full disclosure time: I was given a free party pack in exchange for hosting the party. I was not asked to write about my experience, nor did I receive any compensation. All opinions expressed herein are entirely my own and not at all swayed by the swag.