Showing posts with label birthday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label birthday. Show all posts

Monday, July 21, 2014

Car Birthday Party

My little Bud turned 2 last week.  I can hardly believe it!  Two years ago I had the absolute WORST day of my life getting him here (one of those delivery horror stories that you don't want to share with soon-to-be mothers) and he is absolutely, completely, 100% worth it.

Bud is all boy.  He loves dinosaurs, monsters, Micky Mouse, and cars.  We had to move his birthday party up a couple of days so that the family could come.  I have a rule that I decorate the house while the kids are asleep; when they wake up the decorations are a surprise!  This meant that I had hours - literally hours - to get everything decorated, a cake made, and presents wrapped.  I went with a quick, cheap cars theme.  I was pretty happy with the results.

I decorated the front door using a black tablecloth.  The white lines I added using paper made it look like a strip of road.  I whipped out a little drive-in sign on PicMonkey (scroll to the bottom of this post to print your own).

Using black paper plates, a poster board, colored papers, a glue stick, and a glue gun, I made 3 of these little cars to put around the house.  I used the glue gun to stick on the wheels.  (I made three so that there would be enough for each of my children in hopes that they wouldn't fight - worked like a charm!)  

Bud loved driving his little car around the kitchen.

These little road signs were hanging up all over the house.  I love free clip art!

The fridge was our refueling station (I thought that was clever - the bathroom was the pit stop).

Here is a look at the kitchen.

I found this cute checkered flag pennant online.  You can print one for free here.  I hot glued the triangles to a piece of white yarn and hung them up on each window.

I used another black tablecloth to create another road on the table.

I used a cone and my son's cars as a centerpiece on the table.  The kids loved driving the cars all around the table.

Here's the living room.  My husband asked, "What do balloons have to do with cars?"  The answer: absolutely nothing.  But what little boy doesn't love to play with balloons?!

Decorations up, presents wrapped, cake decorated - time for a party!

My parents gave him a car and some sunglasses.  What a cool little dude.

Let's have some cake!

I am most definitely NOT a professional cake decorator.  This is as fancy as I get.  Bud picked out the flavor of cake he wanted.  I made it in a 9 x 13" pan following the directions on the box.  Next, I created a little car pattern, cut out the cake, and frosted it using my favorite vanilla butter frosting.  That's it!

He loved it!

Happy birthday my sweet little Bud.  Mommy is so glad you are a party of our family.

Here is the birthday drive-in sign.  Feel free to use it for your own car birthday party.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My Little Lady Turned 3!

Guess who turned 3!

That's right!  It's my beautiful little Goofy.  This girl is so sweet, silly, and sensitive to other's feelings.  I love her to pieces!

She surprised me when she told me she wanted a ladybug-themed birthday party.  This girl HATES bugs (ants especially).  But, on her birthday her wish is my command.  So ladybugs it was.

I always hang a little something from the ceiling outside of the kids' bedroom door on their birthday.  It is such an exciting way for them to start the day.

I woke up to this.  Goofy had pulled a chair from her room so that she could stand on it and play with the ladybug balloons.

Like the curious little girl she is, she had already wandered downstairs to see the decorations.  She found the ladybug ring I left at her place at the table.

Boy was she excited to have a new ring!  I probably didn't need to give her anything else.

Here is what she found when she came downstairs.

All of the decorations were very simple, but I was pleased with how they turned out (especially considering we had only gotten home from Disneyland two days before the party).

I don't usually buy special decorations from the store.  It's more fun for me to make my own, but I saw these hats and napkins in Zurchers and fell in love with them.

A happy birthday girl enjoying her breakfast.

Ladybugs crawling on the entertainment center!

Here's a closer look at a ladybug balloon.  I just used Sharpie marker - nothing fancy like her owl balloons the previous year, but she loved them.

I put a red and black streamer on each door in the house.  They made it feel festive anywhere you walked.

Time to party!  Everyone was a good sport about wearing the party hats.  Really, who could resist the red and black cuteness?

Goofy was spoiled rotten (as is typical for every birthday).

Time for cake!  This one was really simple to make: stack two, 9-inch cakes, frost them (I used my favorite Vanilla Butter recipe for the red and store-bought chocolate frosting dyed black), add Hershey's drops and you're done!  You could add white chocolate chip eyes if you like.  I was pleased both with how simple this cake was and how well it turned out.

Make a wish!

Everybody loves cake!

It's SO good mom!

Here are the signs of a good time.  Poor little ladybug all chopped up.

Happy birthday my sweet Goofy.  I don't know what I'd do without you!

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Under the Sea Birthday Party

Princess is 5!  I am having a hard time wrapping my head around that one.  When I asked what kind of party she wanted she immediately said, "princess."  This would be her third princess party and I really wanted to do something different.  So, since Ariel is Princess' favorite princess I talked her into an under the sea birthday party.

When Princess woke up she found these cute jellyfish at her door.

Here's what she saw when she came downstairs.

Let's take a closer look at the decorations:

Here's the table.

Place settings.

I love the way these centerpieces turned out.

Fish in the seaweed with bubbles.

Another look at the fish.

The jellyfish are my favorite decoration.  So fun (and cheap).

I left a special present at the table for her to open early.

It was an Ariel costume to wear to her party.  She looks so much like Ariel when she wears it.

Here's what the guests saw when they came to the house.

Fun huh?

When the kids came they found a place to sit and decorated a pail.

Decorating the buckets was Goofy's favorite part of the party.

We then headed outside for games.

The first game was the Mermaid Race.

I separated the kids into two teams.  Princess' cousin was born the same day, so she was the other team leader.  They put on their "Mermaid Tails" and raced to the tree and back.

The kids really loved this race.

Once everyone had a turn I put treats in each of their pails.

Next, we played a classic game--Come Fishies Come.  The kids lined up against the fence and had to run to the other side of the yard without being touched.

I was the shark.  "Come fishies come!"

It surprised me that none of the kids had played this game before.  This was the favorite game for many of the kids.

After games, Princess opened her presents.

We played Heavy, Heavy Hang before giving Princess her present.  The kids thought it was super funny.

"What do you wish with the BUMP on the head!"

Time for cake!  

I am pretty proud of my little sand castle cake.  If you want basic instructions for making your own click HERE.

I gave each of the party guests a cupcake.  They were a little nervous about eating the sand and rocks at first.

But they got over it quickly.

Before they left, I let the kids take some prizes from the treasure chest.  I made it out of a shoe box, poster board, paint, Sharpie markers, and pearl embellishments.  It was filled with bubbles, bath sponges, squeaky water animals, necklaces, bracelets, gold coins, and bouncy balls.

Happy birthday Princess!  I love you!

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