My little baby turned 2 this month... I guess I can't call him a baby anymore :( I can't believe it. He seems even older than two though because he talks SO much and is such a little smarty pants. I guess the second one is always doing things faster due to having an older sibling. No wonder I talk so much... I was the youngest of 4!
I had a hard time thinking of a theme for Braxton's birthday. He likes so many things and one of his favorite things is Rescue Bots, the toddler version of Transformers. I didn't really want to pick Rescue Bots at first because he really only started watching it because of Colton, but before we knew it Braxton fell in love with it. I really had no choice in the matter because it was so apparent that he was OBSESSED with Boulder, Blades, Chase, Heatwave, and Bumblebee.
Just a little background on Rescue Bots: they are robot-like characters that transform into rescue mobiles that save people. Chase turns into a police car, Heatwave turns into a fire truck, Blades turns into a helicopter, Boulder turns into a bulldozer, and Bumblee turns into a race car.
Needless to say, there really aren't any Rescue Bots party supplies at Party City. I was going to have to come up with all my own stuff for this one, I couldn't even buy decorations. I decided to go with primary colors as more of a color theme. From there I had to incorporate as many Rescue Bots as possible. I bought red paper plates and printed out a personalized rescue bots circular "logo" on label paper (so it was like a giant sticker) and made them 2 different sizes, a 7" circle for the dinner plates and a 5" circle for the cake plates.
After the plates were done I decided to do water bottle labels. These are always fun and it was one more way to incorporate an actual picture of Rescue Bots into the party. Jeff was seriously the best and sat down and helped me cut out all the plate stickers and water bottle labels (which I also print on label paper so they were a giant sticker). I used scissors but he got creative and pulled out the cutting board and an exacto knife and went to town. - Thanks babe!
The most time consuming part of all of this was honestly cutting out the sticker labels for everything. After the plates and water bottles were done I decided on stickers for one more thing: balloons. There is no such thing as Rescue Bot balloons, but I wanted some... so I decided to make my own! Another big thanks to Jeff for helping me put these on evenly! I printed out the characters on sticker paper once again, cut them out and put them on the balloons! I've never done this before but it worked out really well. One thing I learned is that you should put the stickers on the day of the party. If you put them on the night before, the balloons shrink a little and the sticker isn't perfectly flat the next day.
Finally, the stickers were done! I had enough with sticker paper for awhile so I went ahead and had his shirt screenprinted. I was not up for making another iron-on (see Colton's party for my home made shirts) and he absolutely loved the shirt, plus it will last a lot longer than my iron-on ones!
Next, I needed a Happy Birthday banner. I knew I was focusing on primary colors so I went looking for one at Party City, Walmart, etc... I am just too picky. They all looked too cheesy and party-ish and I just wanted a solid color one, no frills. I ended up making my own, which was WAY EASIER than I thought. I printed each "flag" out on regular computer paper and cut them out (left about one inch on the top to fold over the twine), and then just folded the white strip on the top over a piece of twine and taped it down. I LOVED it! Oh, Jeff gave me a hand with this too- he's such a stud!
Once all the decorations were done, I gathered up all the Rescue Bot figurines in the house, and bought a few others on Amazon for cake toppers. I could not find a cake I liked anywhere... I swear I'm becoming way too picky, but I get an idea in my head and I can't just settle until I figure out how to accomplish the "vision" in my head! I also didn't want just a normal cake, I wanted to do something different. I decided on two cakes. Each one would be a different Rescue Bot theme/character. I had the cakes made solid colored- one red (for a firetruck theme) and one blue (for a police car theme). I also went with a "shelf cake" style (I don't know if that's really what they are called but it sounds good to me). I picked them up the day of the party and just "decorated" them myself with the Rescue Bots.
That's pretty much everything! I will let you see the pictures of it all put together now! Let me know your thoughts or if you have any questions on anything, I love helping you guys create cool parties and passing along templates etc...!
Last month my dad turned the big 6-0! Luckily, both of my sisters were in town for a few weeks and we got the chance to throw him a big surprise party! The last surprise party he had was for his 40th, I actually remember my step-mom planning it, I was 6 at the time, so this time around was MUCH more fun ;)
We invited all of his family and friends and were so happy with the response, even the people who couldn't make it, or lived too far away sent cards in the mail for him, which was so thoughful! We even put a little basket together to hold all the cards that got sent. Next, we made an area where we asked everyone to jot down at least one memory they had with him over the last 60 years. We cut little squares of paper and set out colored markers. That way my step-mom, Pam, could take them home after the party and put them together in album for keeping (the colored sharpies just made them look nicer).
We got together the week before his party and planned out food, pictures, decorations, etc... We decided on a burger bar to keep it simple, pasta salad, a cheese plate and some appetizers. For drinks we did beer, blueberry vodka lemonade, wine, water, and soda. Below are a handful of pictures from the day, I hope you enjoy scrolling through them! Love you, Dad :)
A special thanks to Aunt Cleo and Carol - pictured above - for coming all the way from Cincinnati for the party, it really meant a lot to all of us! (FYI, Aunt Cleo is in her 90's and looking as fabulous as ever! I certainly hope I get those genes!)
(that picture is a classic family inside joke ^)
Have you thrown a surprise party? Was it a success?!
Eeek, I've been such a blog slacker! Although, the reason for not posting recently is because I've been so busy! In one month I hosted Colton's 4th birthday, a surprise party for my Dad's 60th, and Braxton 2nd birthday! Holy Parties! It was all so much fun though, and each turned out to be a great success :)
Every year I let the boys pick the theme for their birthday. I asked Colt what he wanted for his birthday this year and he got really excited and said Bob the Builder AND Handy Manny. I thought about each of those for awhile and then decided it would be best just to do a construction theme that would incorporate bullbozers, tools, and all that other stuff ;) So... construction theme it was.
Of course I waited till the very last minute to do anything for the party and was up until 3am the night before. I was making t-shirts, cleaning, decorating etc... Then I got up early to finish getting everything together, make the food, the cake, and the cookies. Thankfully I have an amazing mom who came over to help and worked wonders with the cake and cookies! We had a great time putting it all together!
I will let you check out the pics to see everything for yourself. If you have any questions about specifics or where I got anything just leave a comment or send me a message. I bought a lot of stuff with Amazon Prime and I made the t-shirts.
Enjoy the photos!
All in all, we had such a great day and I think I had the most fun just putting everything together! Like I said above, If you have any questions just comment or shoot me a message!