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As some of you know, we had a fun birthday party this weekend, to celebrate the birthdays of all four of our children. Two have birthdays in July and August. The other two have birthdays in November and January. This has been the second or third year we've done all four birthday celebrations at one time. I must say I LOVE celebrating this way. No one feels left out. It's only one party for those who live a further distance away, and I can choose a month when there's nice weather. However, with that said the temperature yesterday was a high of 56 degrees with a 90% chance of rain all day.
We had intentions of having the party earlier in the summer, however both times we started the process of planning etc., it fell through. Even plans to have a party with my extended family fell through due to me having an allergy attack on our visit to where they live. So, extended family had already given gifts to the kiddos. I had pretty much given up on the idea of having a party this year.
Over the past two weeks the boys spent time with several of their friends that we had planned to invite to the party. All of them asked when it would be. I felt bad. It was then, I realized the party wasn't just about my kiddos, but about their friends having a chance to come to our home and do something fun. One week ago, (Sunday night) after speaking with my husband, I decided to see if their friends had plans for the upcoming Saturday, and if they'd be able to come to a party in the afternoon. All but one family was willing and able. So, I finalized everything and put together a Fall Kickoff Party for all four kiddos in six days. Each kiddo chose their own fall theme. Dinomite chose football. Bulldozer chose pumpkins. Princess chose apples. And for Sunshine I chose a squirrel theme because she's so obsessed with them. The four kiddos helped with every single detail!
So I wouldn't drive myself mad with planning and preparing, I asked each one of the kiddos, what mattered most to them in regards to their party. Dinomite said he wanted decorations. Bulldozer said he wanted lots of treats. Princess was all about her attire. (You'll notice the girls are wearing attire that go along with their themes.) Sunshine just repeated everything her older siblings said. Lol. I focused mainly on these three things.
Knowing I couldn't do everything on my own, and that Jason was going to be working the entire day up to the party, and for the first 30 minutes into the party, I enlisted the help of a grandparent who lives very close by. She was more than willing to help! Each day or night we'd chat on the phone discussing plans, what we'd found etc. It was so much fun. My husband was super supportive as I was gone almost every night this past week, baking all day, leaving the kitchen a mess when I left. Every night I came home to a clean kitchen.
In the end, we threw an amazing party that everyone seemed to enjoy. The kiddos worked so hard every single day this week, planning, preparing, creating, baking, etc.
Here's what it looked like in pictures!
The Football Corner
Fall Focal Point
Football Themed Treats
Pumpkin Themed Treats
Apple Themed TreatsMakes and Takes!
Squirrel Themed Food
I loved how Sunshine's treats turned out! Sunshine helped me make her allergy friendly cupcakes. Then I made the most adorable little acorns from Hershey Kisses, chocolate chips, and Bulldozer's favorite mini cookies. They were seriously the hit of the party. To find out how easy they were to make, check out the recipe at The Hungry Housewives. I'm seriously contemplating making them as part of our Christmas treat plates! To finish off her table, I created a trail mix station. Each bag contained a different ingredient that could be combined to make a special treat. The cups for the trail mix are missing from the picture, but they went right next to the plates.
For drinks we served apple cider, apple juice boxes and mini water bottles.
Pumpkin Balloon Game
Disclaimer: I did NOT create this amazing prop for our game. One of the kiddos' grandparents is extremely talented in the area of art, and did this, with some help stamping leaves and painting from his wife. We are truly blessed to have grandparents willing to help make birthdays so special.
Kick, Kick, Pass
This game was HUGE success! The kiddos took turns bowling with the pumpkin, knocking down as many filled water bottles as they could. The water bottles worked great on the carpet.
Fall Themed Mini Invitations to Play
Football Themed Bags
Dark Brown Chocolate Scented or Green Play Dough
Brown, Green, and White Glass Beads
Small Lollipop Sticks cut in half (to be used for the strings on a football)
Large Lollipop Sticks (to be used as yard lines and/or the large string on a football)
Wooden Figures (to be used as players)
Pumpkin Themed Bags:
Dark Brown Chocolate Scented or Orange Play Dough
Small, Medium, & Large Pumpkin Buttons
Brown, Orange, & Red Glass Beads or Jewels
Apple Themed Bags:
Red Play Dough
Small Green and Red Plastic Apples
Brown, Orange, & Red Glass Beads or Jewels
Squirrel Themed Bags (Made for Toddlers):
Cinnamon Play Dough
Two Large Plastic Acorns
The kiddos then decorated small paper bags to put the party favors in.
My favorite bag is one Princess made for her friend Alice. I love her apple tree drawing!
The party was a HUGE success. Though the party was only for friends, we ended up having two sets of grandparents attend, one set who helped with the party in a BIG way, and the other a set who hadn't been able to travel to our home in almost a year, due to health concerns.
We are so thankful to such fabulous friends for attending the party and celebrating with our kiddos! Here is Bulldozer with one of his closest friends! A special thank you to two special grandparents who helped plan, prepare, and host the games at the birthday party. Lastly, I'm also thankful I have a year to recover before the next big birthday bash. I'm exhausted! Lol.