Let’s get this party started with a looky at muh showers.
First though…here’s the Christmas card I sent out when I was pregnant with Daynie…
The little pink gingham bow was just a stick on fabric bow I found in packs of (a bunch) in the craft section at walmart!
1st Shower…given by my side of the family…
This was almost NINE years ago…before Pinterest, digital invites, & unlimited internet resources! I think everyone did a great job! Everything was SO CUTE! My first shower that muh sistas threw me…was kind of a pink gingham theme b/c that’s what Daynie Muffin’s crib bedding was.
My house was decorated western & it looks so small with so many people in it! We moved from this house when Daynie was about a year & a half old…we have rented it out ever since.
2nd Shower given by Danny’s side of the family.
Danny’s brother’s wife did almost everything for this shower…including hand typing these adorable invites! They were paper sacks that people were to bring baby food in to the shower. We got 59 jars of baby food, 13 bottles of juice, & one box of cereal!!
Her and her mother also hand cut all the fabric & assemble these adorable little diapers…then stuffed them with mints!! I took the leftovers on a tray to the hospital when I had Daynie for the nursing staff….they were sooo excited!!
I still have that frame with Daynie’s sono.
And here is that PRESH little baby the day she was going home from the hospital!
She is dressed in the same outfit I came home in. Here I am in it…
My shower from when I was preggo with Garridon was a lot more low key since it was my second baby. My good friend had it for me at a local restaurant.
Here’s Miss Priss in her Big Sista shirt!
My friend’s grandma made these precious quilts and they were my FAV gift…& I still have them and the matching pillow!
And here is that perfect little man the day he came home from the hospital…
Both my babies hospital pics…
Yes…that guy IS flippin off the camera. He was also takin cars for joy rides by 4.
I designed the invites to match the theme of the party! My kids LOVE having their pictures on them & it’s a fun surprise for the kids receiving them!
Party Tip: design fees are very affordable & you get the finished digital image emailed to you so that you can print all that you want!
Party Tip: One of my very favortie things to do is coordinate my kid’s outfits to match the party theme! It’s a fun little detail that makes the kid feel extra special plus it’s an added touch to the party decor!
Garridon & his best friend since they were in diapers…Jaggar Man!
Our fav sassy little twirler!
Party Tip: Sometimes it’s easier & cheaper to just have the party at a party place that does everything for you!
Party Tip: Bring your invitation or a party plate to the people doing your cake & have them match to it as closely as possible! You can also buy them on eBay & email the image to the person making it.
I also designed the picture on the cake! I just printed it out & took it to Brookshires & had them transfer it to the edible photo paper.
Party Tip: Use the kid’s toys that match the theme as decorations on the cake & the table!
Party Tip: Get a double layer cake & request the top be chocolate & the bottom vanilla to please all your party guests!
Party Tip: Have hand sanitizer ready to go after the kids play & do the party activities before they eat cake.
Party Tip: If the theme is currently popular…hit up your local grocery store for coordinating drinks & snacks!
See the cups on the back table in the photo above? They are Toy Story plastic drinking cups from Walmart filled with Toy Story little toys & candy.
Party Tip: ALWAYS check Walmart first for you party theme supplies! They have the cheapest stuff & usually a good selection!
Garridon’s shirt & flip flops are also from Walmart.
Party Tip: If it is a popular theme you can usually find the coordinating clothes at Walmart too!
I always design my kids invites myself. I actually do this for anyone for a design fee..you can check that out here.
I have made my kids cakes a few times. Since..I have decided it is much easier (not cheaper) to just pay someone to do it. It’s too stressful to spend the whole party day making a cake when I have decorating & other stuff to get done.
Of course my little sidekick had to help!
G man checking out the cake…this is where he realized it was turning into Spongebob!
It was a cold yucky day outside!! We used the Sesame Street Inflatable from his 1st Bday. & rented a big one for the big kids.
I set up the cake table outstide.
I did have another cake from Walmart.. because at the last minute I freaked thinking mine wouldn’t taste any good. But it was great to have a backup b/c there were A LOT of folks there & we actually needed both cakes.
Yes. I always put my kids in coordinating outfits to match the party theme. It’s just how I roll. I made her bows…but her outfit & G’s were from Walmart.
Here’s Little Man & Issa. He had JUST woke up from a nap & wasn’t a happy camper yet.
Even thought the day was yucky…the kids had a blast on the blow up slide/bounce house! Call it “white trash” if ya want Kidd Kraddick…these things are ALWAYS worth the money!
These babies seriously melt my heart!
I had bubble machines (because Spongebob’s fav pasttimes is bubbles duH) but the wind was so crazy we had to turn them off.
Let me start off by saying….Since we started telling the kids about where we were going…we called it a “race” for lack of better words. They really had no clue what to expect. They had never been to anything like that before & had no clue what it was all about. So I can see when we say the word “race” (which is sorta kinda right) I can see how they got their point of view.
So..I was thinking because we were surrounded by hundreds of people…that the start off would be rather slow & congested.
The guy put down the flag & said GO….And Garridon set off to win the race.
Yes…I had a minor freak out.
Ok…I had a major mom freak out moment.
I was laughing & freaking at the same time.
That kid is FAST.
There was NO EFFIN WAY I…or any of muh posse was ganna catch that kid.
Even if I wasn’t an asmathic hippo…I couldn’t have caught him.
I was afraid he would get like 1/2 a mile ahead & realize that we weren’t with him and look around & see hundreds of strangers. or get off the track & get lost. or get kidnapped. or be scared when I wasn’t there.
Thank the sweet baby Lord Jesus that the kid only got about a hundred yards ahead before he turned to see where we were.
I felt so bad for him because he really was ahead of everyone..& so proud of himself that he was that fast. He really thought that was what he was supposed to do!
This was really the only hill the whole race..up & down the bridge.
Daynie’s face was pretty much like that the whole time LOL. She was not into the physical part of the whole thing!
Here is Aunt Babe pretending to run.
Notice the people walking behind her the whole time.
Here’s me pretending to run. We were trying to get some action shots…to show we were ya know…really into it. Also notice the people walking behind us. Lol…we didn’t really think things through.
Next post I’ll get to the Color Bombing…
.for now..enjoy this BEFORE of us getting photo bombed,
I don’t know why in the world the goofy school schedules the kid’s parties all at the same time! The parking (or lack thereof) is reedick.
And this was the line to get in…
It was fuh- reezin!
Plus.. Because the parties were at the same time.. I spent the whole time running back and forth between each class.
Garridon’s teacher did a fun game to hand out presents.. They played “hot potato” but with the presents.
Everyone got a coloring book and crayons.. Which I thought was a great idea.. And we were supposed to put them in gift bags. Well I forgot and wrapped Garridon’s. I justified it to myself by saying bags are boring for little kids & unwrapping is fun.
Well I realized at the party why this rebel mamma needs to follow rules..
The bags were meant to carry all their party goodies home. Which is pretty much a genius idea. Hats off to the room mom.
I rushed back over to Daynie’s room just in time to find out why all the kids getting the same gift was also a genius idea.
Daynie was opening her secret Santa gift and I was mortified at her behavior!
She had a bad look on her face and was saying..a baby! I’m not a baby! I hate babies!.
And here is where the sweet little girl (who also happens to be a church friend and was on our t ball team) was calling Daynie’s name and when Daynie looked up the little girl had the most excited look on her face and was saying.. Do you like it?
I. Was. MORTIFIED!
Daynie was being such a brat.
I don’t know who the mom to my right witnessing this atrocious behavior was.. But thank The Lord that the mom to my left I knew and was reassuring me that all of our kids have acted that way at some point.
I grabbed Daynie and gave her an earful. I could tell she was embarrassed and actually felt bad about the thought that the little girl might have heard her act that way over the present she brought. Sometimes I have to remember that Daynie is seven and thinks like a seven year old. Her mind was on herself and the disappointment of not getting the present she wanted. Once I got onto her and expanded her thought process to include other people.. I could see the look on her face and could tell she felt bad about it. That made me feel good that she felt remorse for her actions and compassion for another’s feelings.
A few minutes later a mom asked Daynie to take a pic with her son. Daynie kind of made a face at her like are you serious? Do I have to?
Again I was one embarrassed mamma!
The mom said her son did the same thing when she told him she wanted a pic of the two of them. He said he didn’t want to take a picture with a girl!
That did make me think how awkward and embarrassing that could be through the eyes of seven year olds.
The reason the mom wanted the pic was because these three kids gave been in the same class together since Kindergarten..
Daynie’s teacher made these totally adorable ornaments…
I love it! I could tell she put a lot of time in them! What a great keepsake!
Next Daynie’s class decorated cookies.
I ran back down to Garridon’s party to get him and came back to find this..
Here’s some of Garridon’s artwork in the hall.
Brooklyn & Garridon…
Garridon’s teacher’s gift…
Daynie’s was the same except with her teachers name .
Before we left we took a little stroll through the Lost & Found.
Glad the world didn’t end…bc I’m pretty stoked to use this in twenty thirteen..
I got the PDF from Confessions of a Homeschooler
Step by step directions on printing made it easy. The last page (blog brainstormer) came from The Project Girl
I like the format & printed about 25 front and back and added them to the back. I just took it to a local place and had it bound into a spiral.
Like our big ass ham?
Don’t be jelly.
Loves to wrap presents.
He was seriously cracking me up with his preciseness with the To: & From:
This other guy:
Is having a great time fillin the freezer
Have you lost a jacket?
If you have there’s a good chance it’s in the lost & found lining the halls of my kids school.