We celebrated Jackson’s 2nd birthday yesterday with a last-minute impromtu party. On Monday this week, I looked at the weather report to find out what day was going to be nice outside. Then I sent an email out to friends for a backyard birthday party. Surprisingly, most everyone could attend, since it was during the weekday. Little thought and planning went into the party. It was nice to have a good ‘ol classic birthday party. You know…the kind your parents would throw for you when you were a child. At least that’s how it was for me. No theme, a few friends, cupcakes, balloons, pin-the-tail on the donkey, musical chairs. You get the idea. I do think some childrens’ birthday parties can get over the top with a theme and the pressure is on for the parent to out-do last year’s party or someone else’s birthday party. I admit. I’m guilty of it. But this time around, it was nice to pull out old stuff from the craft closet and pick up a few items at the local party store. Make cupcakes and then call it good.
Like I said before, Becca did an amazing job entertaining Stella’s tea party guests. After all, this is her profession and she does children’s tea parties every weekend. So, she’s a pro. And it was fun watching her do her magic. Becca needed a place at the beginning of the party to talk to the girls about tea party manners, so I created a little “conversation” area with a large blanket and pillows.
The girls loved the intimate setting and Becca’s fancy suggestions. There was a lot of giggling going on.
Finally they got to sit down and have the tea party.
During a crazy, madness hectic day, I somehow whipped these invitations up for Stella’s tea party in less than an hour. And I LOVE the results. They are so cute! Stella helped by putting a little glitter on the front and back of each invitations. A social butterfly, her party invite list is long. And I really want to cut it down by half but she insists that each girl must be invited because they are her friend. My problem is that we are having it at our house and space is an issue. I wanted to outsource the location but options are limited in the ‘burbs. My fingers are cross that the weather will be nice and we can have it outside.
I’m officially into my 30 somethings. Twenties are long gone. I find myself asking my husband how old I’m turning and he does the same to me. The age thing gets foggier and foggier with every passing year. My birthday was uneventful– running around doing the usual weekday errands. I had some pressing bathroom renonvation issues I had to take care. And I was planning on catching up that night with orders and house work when a few of my best girlfriends dragged me out of the house for a casual night of girl talk, birthday cake and reality TV. Simply the best. Casual and no pressure. Hanging out with my favorites and staying up way too late. Thanks girls! Love you!
We went to THE cutest circus birthday party this weekend that my girlfriend Lindsey put on for her three-year-old son. The party was so creatively put together. Once all the party decorations were up, her backyard became a real circus (minus the animals, of course). My kids had a blast. Here are a few favorites.
Homemade caramel popcorn. This stuff was SO good and highly addictive.
Birthday cake–to make it look like a cupcake bottom she used a hard chocolate shell.
Loved these centerpieces!! She used a styrofoam ball and placed it in the plastic popcorn holder then and stuck lollipops and sugar sticks in them. And glued taffy to cover all the Styrofoam. I really wanted to take one home.
Two of mine in the photo booth.
The superheros came with a bang and left with a ka-boom! We had a lot of fun at the party. The only thing was the weather was hot and humid and slightly windy (hence, why I couldn’t get a good picture of the table), but the kids didn’t seem to mind.
Superhero lunch food was served with Lucas’s favorite: pizza, chips, and berries. I made a superhero energy fuel drink: sprite with lime sherbet to give it a kyronite look. Power h2o labeled water was also served. Lots of superhero action figures lined the table.
The goodie bags were called Superhero Power Kits–filled with everything a superhero needs to combat the evil villian. The kits were filled with:
kyrtonite crystal sticks
spiderman wrist bands
superhero pez candy dispenser with candy
iron man blower
batman velvet poster
The theme this year for Lucas’s birthday is superhero. These are some of my favorite invitations! I was so happy when it all came out the way I was envisioning. I wanted to included all the superheros showing off their superhero powers, and I think this accomplished it. The party is tomorrow! Ten little superheros are going to be zooming around my house. Let’s hope it turns out to be a success.
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Oh my baby. He’s one. And I’m sad. He’s the baby that I’ve wanted to not grow up. Hold on to infancy. Maybe because he is probably my last and that makes me sad. But I’ve enjoy every minute of his kissable self. Honestly his birthday snuck up on me. Here are some fun facts about Mr. Jack: