Cole turns 5 in less than 2 weeks, which I can’t even process right now. (FIVE? What?!) This past weekend, we had his birthday party – a little tamed down version…
First off, I totally messed up and did not book a park in time. Given the size of Cole’s preschool class, his new kindergarten (!!!) friends, and our family, a park is really the only place we can throw a large kids party without going broke. I looked into a few alternatives, but most didn’t allow for a group the size of what we would need or were WAY too expensive – so Uncle Eric and Aunt Deb generously offered the use of their backyard and pool, and I went about planning a smaller family party.
Last year, I custom designed and printed the 75 invitations we sent. This year I sent out an evite.
Last year, I designed and created Wanted posters – featuring Coach – as decorations. I also cut and tied together a homemade birthday banner. This year?
I Aunt Deb took the box of decorations that Suzanne shipped me and put them up. Done. I also borrowed Amy’s skeleton as a pirate greeter – because who doesn’t just have one of those lying around?
Last year, I hand-cut 30+ super hero capes and designed a 6-station Super Hero Academy. This year? The kids (and Coach) donned pirate accessories from Suzanne’s pirate party hand-me-downs, took pictures in front of a backdrop from Amazon, went on a quick little treasure hunt, and hit a store-bought piñata.
I sat down with Cole earlier in the week and made a list of things that were important for him to have. He wanted shrimp and edamame and corn on the cob – an eclectic menu, but easily accomplished. To round it out, he wanted “All the Seafood – crabs and lobsters and seaweed and everything you can eat from the sea” for the adults. Notsomuch. We ordered a bagel platter with a shrimp salad, whitefish salad, chicken salad, and a few cream cheeses, plus a small sushi platter – a variety of “food from the sea” without being crabs and lobsters.
Last year I baked Spiderman cupcakes and designed a “Super Cole” logo for the top tier of the cake. This year, Aunt Maya volunteered to take over cake ordering and acquiring and I gratefully accepted. (That was the result of the teensiest nervous breakdown I had on Facebook on Tuesday – I had a moment where 12 little issues happened at once and I was *fried.* I highly recommend making your meltdowns semi-public; Maya took care of the cake, my friend took the kids of my hands for a few hours that day, and Michele offered to do all my laundry! I have the BEST friends and family ever.)
To round out dessert, Amy made some blue jello and I added little orange slice pirate ships (which was my ONE Pinterest-inspired project this year), and Adam picked up a bowl of fruit from Costco.
Just a few more favorite party shots:
Where We Got Our Stuff:
Cole’s Jake Costume – Loopsy Baby
Lulu’s Izzy Tutu – Ingrid Elizabeth
Decorations – Suzanne
Treasure Chest – A.C.Moore
Piñata & Miscellaneous Favors – Party City (TIP: If you want something and they don’t have it in stock, you can order in-store and they will ship it to you for free!)
Photo Backdrop – Amazon
Bagel Spread – David’s Bagels
Sushi – Shop Rite
Cake – Carlo’s Bakery
Thanks to everyone who came and celebrated! Special thanks to Amy for being our favorite pre-party minion, and to Uncle Eric and Aunt Deb for letting us invade.