Doug Bunch and Amy
Allison hosted for their grandson, Jonas Bunch, a wild and crazy, noisy and (of course)
tremendously fun and confusion-filled TRANSFORMERS' BIRTHDAY PARTY
at the Chuck E Cheese restaurant in Castleton on Nov. 9, 2009 for
their grandson, Jonas Bunch, who turned 5. His birthday was actually the day before. Helping Jonas
celebrate were 15-17 of his friends from the Jordan YMCA, and
from other areas of his life.
Also, attending were
his Uncle James Curtis and Aunt Vanessa, his "Mee-Mom" (Virgie
Burris), his Grandpa Cornell Burris, (both are Jonas's maternal
grandparents), Immi (Jonas's sister), and Nykki, Jonas's mother.
Doug Bunch is Jonas's paternal grandfather, and is known to Jonas as
"G.D." (Grandpa Doug). Amy is his partner of seven years.
Raven was the Chuck E Cheese hostess assigned to the party.
And she made sure that everything ran smoothly!
The long table was decked out with Transformers everything!
Napkins, hats, horn blowers, and there was even a large
Transformer banner that had lights that blinked on and off during
the evening. There was a HUGE balloon saying "Happy Birthday
Jonas is 5" on it.
First things first:
as the kids came into the restaurant they gave their present to Amy
to put in a safe place until Jonas opened his presents. The kids were
each given tokens to play the multitude of games that were available
in the "Fun Park" of Chuck E Cheese.
There were some
rides, and playground equipment and tubing to crawl through and on.
Games could be played (using the tokens) and tickets could be won,
accumulated and used to redeem for prizes.
After playing for
a bit, Raven summoned all the kids to the table to sit down and eat.
Pizza and pop and fruit punch was served. You would have
though that the kids would have been starved, but they were
so excited by all the goings-on....as well as waiting for Chuck E
Cheese to make an appearance.
As Raven demonstrated to the kids
make a drum roll on the table - sure enough, Chuck E Cheese himself
came on stage! And danced. Chuck E and Raven presented
Jonas with his "Birthday Boy Crown" and a medal that was
placed around his neck. Pictures were taken throughout the
was brought out....and yes, you guessed it, A CHOCOLATE TRANSFORMERS
CAKE with Optimus Prime and Bumblebee on top of the cake. Cake and ice cream were quickly eaten, and kids returned
to playing more games. "G.D." finally rounded them up so Jonas
could open his presents from all of his friends. Jonas
received such wonderful things....and he thanks all of his friends
for making his 5th birthday special.
To thank all the kids for
coming to Jonas's party, Amy had made "Transformers" gift bags for
each child to take home, full of Transformer memorabilia and
goodies. They are also included with the pictures that are
"G.D." and Amy left the party at 8:00pm, and
the guests had for the most part been picked up by their parents. Jonas and his mom were going through
all the presents, making sure that the correct tags were with each
present as they were packed up.
The broad smile on
Jonas's face, Immi's huge eyes in wonderment, and watching all the
kids having such fun are memories to be treasured.
-Amy L. Allison