Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Birthdays!!

Kelly's Korner Blog is showcasing birthday parties this week. YAY!!! I am so excited to get to do the linky thing. I love to plan my kiddos birthday parties!! And I try not to, but I am usually thinking about the next party the day after their birthday. I know... it's a sickness!

Cinderella
Emma's 2nd birthday has been, by far, my favorite! Cinderella!! My mom made each girl a ball gown and each boy a cape. Then we also gave the girls little high heels and the boys swords. We didn't really have any games planned because they were still pretty little, but they all just had fun pretending to be at the ball. I loved it all!! We checked into having carriage rides, but since it was January it was too cold and it was very expensive!!




Go Hogs Go!
Aiden's 1st birthday was another favorite. It was right after football season, so of course we had to have a Razorback theme! Go HOGS!! At both of the kids first birthdays I did a slide show of a lot of pictures from their first year. I really loved watching them. I especially love seeing their "month pictures" (one month, two month, etc...) after their first whole year. We took each month in the same little white onesie in the same chair. It is crazy to see how much they change in just one year!!

Our "concession stand" where we had hot dogs, pickles, and nachos (even with the cute little trays and the yucky nacho cheese like they have at the games).
Aiden's cake. The cup cakes had A's and 1's and some hog faces. WE loved them!
Except for this one... It looked really cute and innocent enough. But it wasn't!! Here is what I learned from this party... DO NOT GET A SOLID RED SMASH CAKE!!!!!

He may have red icing up his nose until he starts kindergarten, but he can still CALL THOSE HOGS!

The Little Mermaid
For Emma's third... the Little Mermaid! This one was a swimming party at the Jones Center for Families (FREE!! Aiden's 1st was also there - it was the best, but now you apparently can't get the big rooms for birthdays and we have to have a big room to fit all of our families). This one was kind of thrown together. I mean, not like at the very last minute, but close enough. I had been planning from about the day after her 2nd birthday to do a Wizard of Oz theme for her 3rd birthday so when she switched to the Little Mermaid in September it kind of threw me off!

So we had a swimming party and had the Little Mermaid cake and goldfish crackers (aka fishy crackers). We had a "Go Fish" game that I made from a refrigerator box and that brings me to my next piece of advice...REAL GOLDFISH ARE NOT GOOD PARTY FAVORS!!! It seemed like a good idea at the time.


The Go Fish game... (by the way... Aiden started walking that day! He had taken some steps previously, but he really started walking a lot that day! There he is with Nanny.)

Emma with her Little Mermaid Cake and cup cakes with E's and 3's. This was the beginning of her Fake Smile era.

Dora and Diego
The last party we had was Emma and Aiden's Dora and Diego Christmas Safari Adventure! They were both really into Dora and Diego at the time and since their birthdays are exactly a month apart I convinced myself that it would be great to have the party together. The weekend before Christmas was the day right in the middle of her 4th and his 2nd. This one seemed like it would be really neat in my head, but having it at our house and in the middle of the winter did not make for the best party conditions. We had everything we needed... the Grumpy Old Troll - check, Swiper- check, safari train, Backpacks and Rescue Packs- check, pith helmets, binoculars and inflatable jungle animals- check... but we also had a 12 degree day 4 days before Christmas and so even though over half our guests couldn't come (and didn't RSVP) we still did not have enough room in our house for everyone. Plus, having the parties together made the present opening crazy. Thank you cards were next to impossible. I had no idea who got who what (so if you got a very vague thank you note, sorry about that!) So lessons learned from this party...(1)LISTEN TO MY HUSBAND AND DON'T HAVE THE KID'S PARTIES TOGETHER, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE MIDDLE IS 4 DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, (2) ALWAYS WRITE DOWN GIFTS AS THEY OPEN THEM BECAUSE YOU WON'T REMEMBER THEM ALL and (3) NEVER HAVE A BIRTHDAY PARTY AT HOME AGAIN - EVER!


We had to wake Aiden up to do the cake. Poor little guy!





So I guess that is it for now. It is only July, but Emma says she wants a Sleeping Beauty gymnastics party and Aiden wants "piderman" (aka Spiderman). So I am already planning...

I thought of a couple of other things too... I always like to check out birthdaypartyideas.com they have tons of ideas about any type of party you could ever think of. Also, I have gotten invitations from vistaprint.com. They usually have specials where you can upload your own design and get 50 large post cards for free so with envelopes and shipping it is usually less than $10.

Sorry that this is forever long, but I thought of one more thing... You can't really tell it from any of the pictures, but Emma and Aiden each have a birthday table cloth. I had each one monogrammed Happy Birthday____ and then each year I have the year and their age monogrammed somewhere on it and have them put their handprints on it. I think that by the time they are all grown up, it will be a really neat keepsake. 

Kelly, good luck with your party planning! Harper is so lucky to have a creative mom like you and I'm sure she will have the best first birthday ever! Thanks for organizing the tour of birthdays!!

3 comments:

  1. They all look like wonderful parties!

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  2. I love all the "Princess" themed parties. We are BIG on the princesses around here! You had asked for the recipe for the showbiz cake- I think its devils food cake topped with cool whip and sprinkles. Super easy.

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  3. Love the party idea.....There are some creative gals in the blog world. I enjoyed reading your blog and will be back to read more. http://teresa-grammygirlfriend.blogspot.com/

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