|The invite - and on the back of the invites were one of the follow five pics:|
I LOVE kids parties. I especially love THROWING kids parties. I think I went a little overboard, but that's what moms are supposed to do, right? Right?! Okay, maybe not, but I don't care!
The kids arrived at two o'clock and were greeted by some pinwheels and a single balloon lollipop at the front entrance. I found the idea for these here - they were easy to make and added a lot of candy 'flare' to the party!
|Entrance to the party!|
|Pin the Lolli on the Stick|
|This is me catching Arlyn with a chocolate bar that she had opened by herself...and took a bite out of!|
After the games and presents we got ready for cake and ice cream! I've gone all-out on Elliott's birthday cake the past few bithdays, but the last one turned out so horribly (marshmallow fondant is NOT Karina-friendly!) I decided to choose my battles...and the cake was NOT one of them. I think the minute Elliott was born I envisioned having a picture of every birthday cake I made pasted inside of some sort of scrap book that he could look back on and 'ooh' and 'ahh' about (yes, I know I was dreaming), but I think the candy table was a big enough hit that it won't bug me that I had a 'flop' of a cake one year and a simple cupcakes the next!
The candy table was one of the biggest stresses for me about this party before setting it up on Friday afternoon. I have a hard time knowing what something will look like before I actually see it, so I was worried about the jars and the levels and if everything would work together. But once I set it up, I was happy! I made the risers out of heavier weight boxes that Elliott actually got one of his birthday presents in earlier that week. I simply cut off what I needed and wrapped it in wrapping paper. The suckers are displayed in a similar fashion and all the rest is pretty self-explanatory.
I made the flag bunting last week out of scrap fabric in my bins - what I love about this bunting is that I can hang it up in the play room once I take it down (and yes, it is still hanging in my living room at the moment)!
Ahhh. We had a lot of fun this weekend and made so many great memories! Now...time to relax with my Honey!