I had a blast planning and getting ready for the party, but by the end I was just kind of stressed out. I didn't get to do everything I thought I wanted and I didn't take the best pictures ever (in fact they are kind of awful). I'll tell you what I learned.
First off. If I am going to go all out on a party for my kids, I need to give myself a few months to get it together instead of a few weeks. Second, I need to take help when it is offered. If I would have taken a little sewing help on the favors I would have had them done a week before the party (instead of mere hours before) and I could have focused a little more on some of the other stuff. Third, I need to make a list of everything I want to get pictures of prior to the party, then I need to use that list. I only got about 5 pictures of Punk and none of Bug (going along with this, I need to have the party set up and ready to go at least an hour before so I can take before pictures of the party, then I need to take a minute or two to take after pics before clean up starts).
There were really four basic parts of this party: decorations, activities, food, and favors. I am going to post decorations, activities, and food in this blog and give favors it's very own post (although, I may get that post up tonight as well, since both my kids are in bed already).
Decorations, Food and Activities:
When you arrived you saw this:
You got your food from "Flo's V8 Cafe":
Pampered Chef Cut N Seal), Chicken "Dipsticks" chicken sticks served in a cup so that BBQ sauce could just be added to the cup for easy carrying/dipping/eating, Veggie "Dipsticks" also served in a cup so that Ranch dipping sauce could be added the same way, "Rims and Cheese" wagon wheel shaped macaroni with Velveeta cheese sauce again, served in cups for easy portioning and eating and these:
You went over to this drink table to pick your drink:
We had an early party (we stared at 10:30), but everyone seemed to be ready to eat, so we started with the food. When everyone was done eating we had a couple of activities for the kids.
They could head on over to Tractor Tipping:
Or they could head on over to "Ramone's House of Art":
found online here) or where they could use markers to color their very own wooden cars (I had small ones purchased from Oriental Trading Company here and larger ones that I just lucked into at our local Goodwill for a steal). Even the grown ups really got into coloring and creating designs on their wooden cars (and I didn't get any pictures of the fun at all...my mother-in-law thinks she has a few and I'll share them when I get a hold of her camera).
We were going to break that piñata that I made a month or two back and I filled it full of these goodies:
|Goldfish, Cars fruit snacks, and |
YES that is Kleenex, who doesn't need Kleenex?
Then we sang Happy Birthday and we ate cupcakes:
here. They were fabulous, but I did have a hard time piping the frosting. Apparently my white chocolate did not melt all the way and I had very small chunks of white chocolate running through the frosting, not a problem for taste at all, but it made piping VERY frustrating. When I make these cupcakes next time (and I will they are fabulous) I will make some changes to the frosting recipe. I will melt the white chocolate over a double boiler then I will add the cream cheese and melt them together. I will then add the warmed cream and proceed from that point. I think this will keep any chunks of white chocolate or cream cheese from getting in the way of piping.
I actually took two not so great pics of the cupcakes so here they are again:
After we had cupcakes (and ice cream that I also served in those same clear cups we talked about earlier) then Punk opened his gifts. I do actually have a few (really bad) shots of him opening his presents, I am only showing you them in hopes that you can see the super cute shirt I bought him. It is navy blue and has a "3" appliqued onto it in Cars fabric, I picked it up from this Etsy shop here.