Since I wasn't really blogging during the summer I haven't had a chance to share an amazing party by Party Box Design. Jess threw her daughter a fabulous By the Boardwalk birthday party. I was super excited to go to this party BECAUSE it's the first party where I was actually able to attend...in person!
Jess (and her hubby) did an incredible job with the set up. The dessert table (my favorite) was piled high with treats and goodies. There were stations set up all around the back yard that gave you the feeling of actually being at the boardwalk complete with hot dogs, cotton candy and snow cones. The birthday girl was a cutie dressed in her matching tutu (I was happy to make this for her) and swimsuit, it was a swimming pool party too after all.
My son's birthday was in late August but we didn't have the big party until September. We had initially thought we would invite his entire class but rethought that idea real quick. Maybe if he had more of a chance to get to know them we might have gone for it but school had just started and I wasn't really up for dozens of strangers in my house. We went for a smaller party with a few kids from his Kindergarten class and the neighborhood.
My son picked Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as his theme, the new turtles not the "old" turtles. I enlisted the help of my bff over at Party Box Design to help design the party decor. Jess hand drew a turtle and incorporated that into the invitations and party items.
We held the party in the backyard and rented a TMNT bouncy house (awesome I know). The party favor/dessert station was set up inside out of the heat and humidity.
I spent so much time carefully tying crepe paper turtle masks onto green lanterns (you know how annoying it is to knot crepe paper without it ripping apart?). Yea all that hardwork went down the drain as the humidity loosened the crepe paper as soon as I hung them up outside and all the masks fell off before the party. My son was disappointed with that, so was I. Oh well...none of our parties have ever gone 100% perfect.
The bouncy house was a lot of fun for the kids and adults but beware the sun can really heat up those tarps which makes it hard on bare feet.
I made the table and favor station signs myself. The water bottle labels also came fromParty Box Design.
You can't have a ninja turtle party without pizza so of course...you know... we had pizza.
Annnnd the birthday boy in his ninja turtle shirt. By the way mom and dad both had ninja turtle shirts on too, the "old" turtles.
The lighting was horrible inside the house but we (and by we I mean Jess and I) did the best we could under the circumstances. No professional photographer this year.
I ordered the cupcakes from Publix and then iced them myself. I made turtle cupcake toppers and added lime green sixlets and "ooze" to the cupcakes. The baking cups came from Party Garden and Sweet Party Shop.
As I've mentioned before the party favors are always my favorite. Each child picked out a green turtle goody bag. I purchased the turtle mask and mouth template from Clearly Candaceon Etsy.
I also whipped up Toxic Ooze (not really toxic of course) and I found the recipe via Our Best Bites.
I made two types of cookies, sugar cookies with turtle heads and then chocolate covered oreos. They needed a bag of course so I also bought the chevron bags from Party Garden. The cute cookie stickers are fromParty Box Design.
Cowabunga Candy and tassels (I made the tassel garland...oh my...y'all that make those for a living, I tip my hat to you).
Feeling Smittencreated custom unique ooze bath pops for the party and they turned out SOOOO cute! They were a big hit and of course Party Box Design created custom bath pop tags for them. Take a bath Ninja!
I painted wooden peg dolls to add to the dessert/favor table.
It was hot, humid, sweaty kids everywhere but it was a blast, especially for the birthday boy!
We had a relaxing summer and my son has been in first grade a little over a month now. He still doesn't like doing homework but then again who does? I don't think he's ever going to be that kid that loves school. He's doing really well and we're so proud of him but he'd much rather be playing with Legos. His teacher seems nice, this is her first year at the school and first year teaching I believe. He hasn't had too many complaints besides the homework and still only one recess. :)
In September we spent an amazing week at Disney World and Legoland. It was my first time there so it was exciting for me and my son and the hubsters too. Somehow we managed to see all four major parks in three days and drove down to Legoland for an additional day. We saw the Fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom, had breakfast with Lilo and Stitch at the Polynesian Resort and of course rode countless rides and sweated buckets. Even though it was September it was still quite humid and even rainy on days but we made the best of it. Precious memories that made every cent spent worth it!
I still need to share pictures of my son's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles birthday party...coming soon I promise!