2011 Birthday Party

As I’m sitting here planning the kids’ party for this year, I tried to find their pics from last year and realized I’d never posted them!  I put so much time into that last party and had so much fun planning it that I jut have to post the pictures, even if it is almost a year later!

Since the kids’ birthdays are only 10 days apart, I have had their parties together sine Emelyn was born and sometimes its hard to figure out a theme for them.  Some of the ones we’ve done in the past we did Mickey and Minnie and Dr. Seuss.  This year will be a circus / carnival theme (something they agreed on, thank goodness!  I didn’t want to figure out how to combine Ninjago and princesses LOL)

There are quite a few photos so I’ll just post a gallery and describe the details!

The favors were bandanas tied with brown string with tags; inside were various camping toys (flashlight, whistle, glow stick, snack mix, etc).  The cake table was the main decoration.  Dana made the cake, which I wanted to be simple – chocolate cake covered in “dirt” with the little camping scene on top.  I made lots of s’mores treats including smore cookies, popcorn and candy.  I also made “Swamp Water” in empty Starbucks bottles.  (Those glass bottles are expensive to purchase!)  The table was decorated in burlap, fabric that coordinated with the colors, leaves and rocks, lanterns and cardboard numbers covered with moss.  The platters were spay painted brown (clear platters that I spray painted on the bottom so it wasn’t near the food)  Those were also decorated with moss.  Cardboard boxes covered in brown paper were also used to elevate food.  I also made a banner for behind the cake.

There were various activities set up around the yard which included Arts and Crafts (projects purchased from Oriental Trading – color and create a teepee or canoe and scratch leaves), obstacle course, Nature Hunt (cards with photos of items to search for, plastic bugs, leaves and rocks were scattered in yard for kids to find), S’mores station that included different flavored graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate candy which the kids “roasted” over those cans of fire that you light and put under food (I can’t think of what they are called).  Each kid was given a sash and as the activities were completed they were given a badge sticker.  At the end, they received one large sticker for their sash.  Everyone loved it and the kids had a blast!

The party was so much fun and I have no clue how I’m going to top it this year!

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