Monday, May 4, 2015

The BIG 5!!!

How is this possible?!? Owen turns 5 today! 
{It makes no sense because he was just born yesterday! Yesterday, I tell ya}

Somehow, in the blink of an eye, this little tiny baby has grown into a big boy.  And, five is definitely a big boy age, a milestone -- a perfect time to celebrate! 

This year Owen made lots of contributions to his birthday party.  We decided on a MOVIE party theme and Owen jumped at the chance to help plan!  He chose the movie,  Cars 2 -- an oldie, but brand new to him! His requests for the party were cotton candy, "Taste the Rainbows" (aka Skittles), and popcorn.  

Going to Sam's Club with the intentions of ONLY buying CANDY was a dream come true! Owen found all of his favorites in GIANT bags and he even let Luke choose his favorite candy, lollipops!

We're still not sure how Luke was able to haul that giant bag of DumDums.  He was certainly determined to get them in the shopping cart --- Even after we removed them, Luke went back to get the bag and proceeded to carry it around the store.  He was like a little tiny ant carrying 50 times his body weight in lollipops! 

I made the invites, which will be available in my Etsy Shop, and delivered them to his friends. All together, we had 5 families and I wasn't quite sure how we'd fit everyone in our house.  But, after rearranging some furniture (Think: Living room furniture in the dining room--- but in a strange way, it worked and was very comfy) everyone fit and had a great time! 

We hung a pair of old curtains next to the tv to create The Theater using our tv as the screen and set up a full table of sweets!  All of the movie themed decorations are from Hobby Lobby (whoohoo for 50% off!)  and will be the playroom decorations at our new house!  {P.S. We're moving next month! Surprise -- If I were better at keep up with blog posts, you'd all know that already!}

After buying all the sweets, I happened to say out loud, in front of Owen, {and he is always listening!} that I wasn't planning on making a cake. He thought that was wildly unreasonable and looked at me as if I was crazy. 
"No cake at a party?!?"  

It wasn't hard to convince me to add cake to the menu! At the last minute, I ordered a cake from Retro Bakery.  It was delicious and perfectly held his #5 candle.

The candy was a hit! 

We served pizza, veggies and fruit --- prior to pumping the kids with a weeks worth of sweets.  They may have all left the veggies on their plates, but I at least felt better giving them the option! There was one sugar-free option at the party--- bottled water! 

During the movie, each child got a basket with a swirly straw cup (both from DollarTree), popcorn and room for their candy bag.  I had them all prepped before the party started with popped popcorn and license plate labels! 

These baskets and cups became part of the party favors.  Prior to the end of the movie, I filled up a second bag of candy for each kid because if they didn't take it with them I'd eat it all and sent them home with candy, bags of cotton candy, a cup, and "Thanks for POPPING by" party favors. 

These are simply a popcorn wrapper and a bag of microwave popcorn! 

My absolute favorite part of the party was the cardboard box cars! Brendon bought large moving boxes and with a little tape, he turned them into cars.  

The kids were each given a gallon ziplock bag filled with all the supplies needed to make their car.   

5 large black plates {4 wheels + 1 steering wheel}, 2 red dessert plates {tail lights}, 2 yellow dessert plates {headlights}, and a personalized license plate.  I asked Office Depot to print them on sticker paper so it would be easy for the kids to do themselves. While I was at Office Depot, I picked up two packs of 1.5" brads - Each car needed 9 brads and they needed to be slightly longer than the typical brad to accommodate for the thickness of the cardboard. Brendon predrilled holes in the colored plates and in the cardboard boxes.  

Luke's car was our example and the kids quickly jumped at the chance to make their own! 

Kyle loved driving his car!

 After the party started, we realized the added bonus for having cardboard box cars  --- their messes were trapped inside their vehicles! The carpet was spotless after the party.  It was the easiest party clean up ever! 

Luke finally got to eat the lollipops! I'm pretty sure he ate more candy than Owen. 

After food and gifts, we let the kids fill their candy bags and started the feature presentation!  

 It was such a fun party for all of us!

1 comment:

  1. You are simply amazing Brittany. What a wonderful idea for a party!