I did not get my Weigh In Wednesday done yesterday. I will catch back up next week. Stay tuned!
This past weekend we hosted Alec’s birthday party: Camp Alec. It was so much fun. He said to me, “Mommy, this is the best birthday party ever!” That right there was worth all the money and time spent on his party. If you missed it you can go back and take a look at the invitation I made as well as the party favors for his party.
The campers were welcomed with a big banner:
This banner was so easy to make. Our Costco has a new banner option. The kick is, you can’t order it online. You have to go into the store and order. Although, it’s not that bad because it only takes 18 minutes to print. That’s not even enough time to shop at Costco! I created the banner in Photoshop (60″x20″) and had it printed.
Next was camp. We set up the tents. We put the tents close together so the adults could be close by. We didn’t want anyone stealing those precious kiddos in the middle of the night!
I had so much fun creating the dessert and drink table:
On the bottom left, I placed burlap on the ground and laid all the party favors there. The table is covered in burlap and a bandana fabric runner. I am going to show you a closer look at the decor on the table.
My absolute favorite was the burlap and bandana scrap fabric garland and the burlap and ribbon topiaries.
I have never worked with burlap before. If you didn’t know, it’s all the rage right now. But, it is extremely messy to work with however, the end result far outweighs the mess!! I made 8″x1 1/2″ strips of red bandana, blue bandana and burlap fabric. I tied them in a knot onto jute twine. Burlap was tied in a single knot and the bandana fabric was a double knot.
I used 4″ styrofoam balls for the ribbon topiaries. I cut a small strip, made into a circle and pinned with a straight pin to the ball. For a little more flair I didn’t fold over the burlap. I pinned that straight to the ball. I spray painted the terra cotta pots blue and added a blue bandana to tie it all together.
These were so fun to make and it truly didn’t take me that long.
Lets take a closer look at the ice bucket and cupcakes we had:
I bought a red and blue bucket from Dollar Tree. They had metal handles. I tied on bandana fabric and burlap to tie them right into the camping theme. I had Publix make the cupcakes. Yes, I didn’t make them. I was getting over a stomach virus and thought this was much safer I thought Publix did an amazing job. I told them I wanted bandana red and blue and they nailed it! I had the cupcake toppers printed at Oriental Trading Company. If I had my own printer, I could’ve made these myself. But, this was a cheap alternative.
My birthday boy had an amazing time. I secured a bounce house and an outdoor movie screen rental. I bid on these at a school auction and it made it so much cheaper! We grilled out hamburgers, hotdogs, had chips, macaroni and cheese and a party size antipasto salad. I served punch in a huge beverage container as well as cokes.
I think my birthday boy not only had an amazing time but he really enjoyed that cupcake!
We had 4 boys stay the night and two Dads. The next morning I got up at 5:30 and made pancakes, sausage, breakfast casserole and biscuits. It was a long and fun party and he wants to do something like this again next year. This was the first birthday party I ever hosted at home for him. The other’s were at The Monkey’s Treehouse for his 2nd and 3rd birthday, Bounce U for his 4th and Chuck-e-Cheese for his 5th. It’s definitely a TON more work to host at home but so worth the final outcome.
So tell me, what birthday themes have you hosted at home?
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