This year we decided to do the boys' birthday party all in one. Lukey was pretty set (reminding me for the last 4 months) exactly WHO he wanted at his party. He didn't care what we did at the party but he knew WHO he wanted and that he wanted a CARS movie Birthday party. Check and check.
I whipped up an invitation ...
... sent them to our friends and got started planning the party. Originally I was just gonna get a bounce house and let them bounce their little brains out. Then it's been such a hot summer I decided to go with a WATER and slip-n-slide theme. I asked Luke and he said "cool!" He's pretty easy to please! (And let's face it, Noah doesn't really get a vote!)
Here are some of the details! The cake ... I went simple. I wanted to order a cake from Costco. The cake is DELISH, serves a lot of people and I didn't have to slave over it. They have a lot of select choices so I selected the "Skateboard" cake and asked them to leave off the skateboard character, leaving me a road. Then I found cake toppers and finished it off myself. I (and the boys) were happy!
ALL of the party goods came from Hallmark. It pats to have a helpful Grammy that gets us all of our Hallmark and party goodies! The little cake topper cars were found at Party City and the kids loved getting them after the candles were blown out. Easy cake was a huge success (except for the part about me eating it for the next 3 days!)
Here are the favors. Sine it was a water fun party and I like useful gifts, we gave everyone new beach towels found a while back at Target for $5. I opted to save money on a dollar store gift bag and put it towards the towel. I wrapped each one (too tightly) with a cool bracelet that is from Hallmark and tulle.
Most of the party took place outside. The inside had some decorations like a table cover, Cars banners, a cake table and wall decals (also from Hallmark) but otherwise the deck and front porch received the most decor love.
Those balloon sticks are going to make me the coolest PTA mom ever (thanks to my own mom for snagging them for me!). They are so simple ... blow up balloons and attach them to the sticks and voila. Centerpiece, sidewalk greeting, decor, etc. FUN and easy!
This fringe banner was AWESOME! It was a dollar store creation and I took pictures to have a tutorial posted tomorrow! For $1, it makes a huge impact. I originally saw this on a blog I follow. She has since taken that post down and begun selling these banners!!! They are super easy to make if you are so inclined...big impact, little price!
The kids! The kids enjoyed tattoos, a slip-n-slide, water balloons, squirt guns, gifts and cake! It was a WHIRLWIND frenzy where I learned boys are BUSY, loud and MUCH louder than petite little girls (I suspect this will flip flop at some point!)
Oh, I almost forgot 2 other decor things I did. I bought these table weights at the dollar store and spruced them up with some Cars confetti; then I also did a little picture board of the boys with photos I printed at home then put some scrapbook supplies on to dress up.
Finally, we were off to slip-n-slide. Mike bought a giant piece of plastic and secured it to the ground. Well, it wasn't long enough so we had to roll ghetto style and use our two slip-n-slides on the end to catch the kids because they slid so far! We had a sprinkler on the slide and used Johnson's baby soap to make it slippery! ;)
Let me tell you ... it takes about 50 minutes to fill up 150 water balloons. It take 4 minutes to destroy every single one of them. Enough said.
Luke LOVED having his buddies there to celebrate his birthday!
He even let his sister come to the party! :)
After the party, all of the parents and siblings joined us for a BBQ. I was never so happy to be able to have a nice COLD drink! :) My parents worked tirelessly to help make the party a success and Mike guarded the slip-n-slide with his life to avoid any liable issues!!! I couldn't have done it without their help, as usual.
And with that, "birthday season" has come to an end for us! Look for a post about the fringe tomorrow and the BIG GIFT my parents gave the boys on Sunday!