Idea No.

15118

Rocky Balboa Party 10yr

Award

Date

February 2007

From

TIFFANY in LONDON, KY, USA

Honorable Mention

Miscellaneous

FOR MY 10 YEAR OLD SON'S PARTY THIS YEAR, WE DECIDED ON A ROCKY BALBOA" THEME.  USING BOXING GLOVE CLIP ART & SOME QUOTES FROM THE ROCKY MOVIES WE E-MAILED OUR INVITATIONS.  THE WORDING WAS: "YO HOW YOU DOIN'? THE CHAMP WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOUS TO CELEBRATE _____'S 10TH BIRTHDAY THIS FRIDAY NIGHT (insert date) AT (insert time).   DON'T BE NO BUM; COME DRESSED IN YOUR BEST "ROCKY BALBOA" ATTIRE & BE READY TO ENJOY A KNOCK-OUT BIRTHDAY PARTY!  WE'LL PROBABLY PLAY GAMES OR WATCH MOVIES OR SOMETHIN' LIKE THAT YOU KNOW 'CAUSE I CAN'T SING OR DANCE.   BUT I THINK WE'LL MAKE A REAL SHARP COUPLE OF COCONUTS ANYWAY. WHADDAYA THINK HUH?  IT'LL BE FUN YOU KNOW?    MICK SAYS WE NEED TO EAT LIGHTINING BUT I JUS' WANT TO LET YA KNOW THAT WE'LL EAT PHILLY SANDWICHES INSTEAD YOU KNOW SINCE THE ITALIAN STALLION IS FROM PHILADELPHIA & EVERYTHING. HOPE YOUS CAN COME! DON'T FORGET TO R.S.V.P.  BUT LIKE PAULIE SAYS YOU DON'T NEED NO RESERVATION 'CAUSE YOU DON'T LOOK LIKE NO INDIAN TO ME."    AT THE PARTY HELD IN OUR HOME WE HAD A ROCKY MOVIE PLAYING ON THE TELEVISION IN THE MEDIA ROOM. WE HAD THE ROCKY SOUNDTRACK PLAYING IN THE DINING AREA WHILE WE ATE OUR PHILLY SANDWICHES (WHICH I PREPARED IN ADVANCE IN THE CROCK-POT) CAKE & ICECREAM ETC.    THE ROOM WAS DECORATED WITH BOXING GLOVES A PUNCHING BAG A SPEED BAG & SPEED ROPES - ALL OF WHICH WERE BIRTHDAY GIFTS TO MY SON & THINGS THAT ALL THE BOYS COULD PLAY WITH DURING THE PARTY; WE ALSO DECORATED WITH ROCKY MOVIE POSTERS A LARGE AMERICAN FLAG RED/WHITE/& BLUE BALLOONS RED/WHITE/& BLUE STREAMERS A RINGSIDE-BOXING BANNER THAT SAID "YOU TRAIN YOU WIN 'NUFF SAID" WITH AN OUTLINE OF A BOXER ON IT (PURCHASED FOR LESS THAN $10 ON AMAZON.COM).  WE PRINTED OFF A FEW OF ROCKY'S MOST FAMOUS QUOTES & HUNG THEM AROUND THE ROOM IN ADDITION TO A WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE BELT (INEXPENSIVE TOY WE FOUND AT WALMART).    MOST OF OUR GUESTS ARRIVED WEARING WORK-OUT TYPE CLOTHES (GREY SWEATS & HOODED JACKETS WERE THE MOST POPULAR).  SOME WORE "WIN-ROCKY-WIN" SHIRTS OTHERS WORE FINGERLESS GLOVES & FEDORAS. SOME OF THE ADULTS CONTEMPLATED THE "ADRIAN" LOOK DRESSING AS PAULIE THE BOXING REFEREE OR ONE OF ROCKY'S OPPONENTS (ESPECIALLY THE RUSSIAN OPPONENT DRAGO OR APOLLO CREED.)  ALL OF THE COSTUMES WERE FUN & A BIG HIT (COMFORTABLE FOR PLAYING TOO). THE KIDS REALLY GOT INTO IT & THE ADULTS ENJOYED THE RETRO ASPECT OF THE PARTY.  AFTER DINNER WE PLAYED A GAME I MADE UP BASED ON THE T.V. SHOW JEOPARDY.  WE CALLED IT "ITALIAN STALLION JEOPARDY" & INSTEAD OF WORDING THEIR ANSWERS IN THE FORM OF  QUESTIONS THEY HAD TO PHRASE THEIR ANSWERS BEGINNING WITH "YO". IT WAS A LOT OF FUN & EVERYONE LAUGHED AT HOW SILLY WE ALL SOUNDED.  THE QUESTIONS WERE MADE UP OF TRIVIA TAKEN FROM THE ROCKY MOVIES & WERE ASSIGNED DOLLAR VALUES JUST LIKE ON THE TV SHOW.  THE VARIOUS CATEGORIES WERE LABELED WITH EACH OF ROCKY'S OPPONENTS NAMES / NICKNAMES & PHOTOS -- PRINTED FROM THE COMPUTER & GLUED ONTO A LARGE POSTER BOARD SO EVERYONE COULD EASILY SEE.  BEING THE MOM I PLAYED THE REFEREE / EMCEE.  WE ALLOWED THE BOYS TO PLAY ON TEAMS & AWARDED PLAY MONEY AS EACH QUESTION WAS ANSWERED CORRECTLY. AS WE REVIEWED THE RULES OF THE GAME WE TOLD THE BOYS THAT "THE CONTENDER WITH THE MOST POINTS / MONEY AFTER A SCHEDULED NUMBER OF ROUNDS WOULD BE DECLARED THE CHAMPION.  NOW SHAKE HANDS & GO TO YOUR CORNERS."  EVEN MY DAUGHTER & HER FEMALE COUSINS IN ATTENDANCE ENJOYED GETTING IN ON THE ACTION!    IT WAS A VERY SUCCESSFUL PARTY.  THE KIDS WERE GIVEN INEXPENSIVE "GOLDEN GLOVE" NECKLACES AS PARTY FAVORS & LOTS OF PICTURES WERE TAKEN OF OUR GUESTS IN FRONT OF THE LARGE AMERICAN FLAG.  LATER THE BOYS VIDEO TAPED THEIR OWN ROCKY MOVIE EACH TAKING TURNS PLAYING THE PARTS ETC.  EVERYONE ONE YOUNG & OLD MALE & FAMALE ENJOYED THIS PARTY.  MY SON SAID IT WAS HIS BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY / THEME EVER!  NOW THAT'S WHAT MAKES IT A SUCCESS IN MY BOOK! :-)  "

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