Sam wanted a "surprise" birthday, on his birthday so we gave him one. I wish I could have caught the shock and horror on his face when we all yelled at him, it was so great. He didn't understand the concept of a surprise party at all so it was fun for everyone. He got lots of great stuff, the Batman costume being the big hit followed closely by the night vision goggles. Grandma Marsha was a HUGE trooper, letting the kids (and Aunt Bish) play with silly string and the cake was awesome.