I HAVE GOTTEN INTO THIS CRAZY HABIT OF NOT GETTING AROUND TO POSTING MY MOST RECENT BIRTHDAY PARTY UNTIL THE NEXT ONE IS ON THE VERY NEAR HORIZON. SO WITH BEAU’S SECOND BIRTHDAY CREEPING EVER CLOSER, I’M FINALLY ORGANISED ENOUGH TO SHARE ASTON’S 5TH PARTY FROM BACK IN DECEMBER!
My second born turned 5 in December, the day after I turned 39. For his fourth birthday party he begged for, and got, a Star Wars party. For his fifth birthday party he begged for, and didn’t get, a Star Wars party. Then he begged for, and didn’t get, a Lego Star Wars party. And finally with much convincing, we ended up with a Lego party. A Lego party for a Lego-crazy 5 year old!
This kid is obsessed with two things – actually make that three: Star Wars, Lego and his Daddy. Every other year I have held his birthday party the weekend prior to his actual birthday due to it’s proximity to Christmas and that silly season where people have things on, however this year his real birthday was on a Saturday so it made sense to just have his party then too. Only problem being that it meant it was the day after my birthday. I told him right from the get go that I needed to keep this party simple and easy and assured him that serving simple Icecream, Icecream Sundaes and Cake was going to be just fine. I timed the party to run from 2-5pm with the rationale that it was post-lunch and pre-dinner and no one would expect a table laden with food in between.
Miss 6 was extremely concerned that we were not providing any savoury options and so I ended up adding a few bits and pieces in to keep her satisfied but pretty much we had a Lego Party involving lots of icecream, adornments of every description and a brightly coloured cake. I tasked my husband and daughter with making a Lego-serving station like I’d seen on Pinterest for the napkins, plastic plates and utensils and we borrowed the jumbo Lego blocks from Kindy to use as our simple but effective backdrop.
And to make up for what I would be lacking in table offerings, for the first time ever, I resorted to hiring a bouncy castle. What a great idea that was! Somehow our guest list got to around 25 kids and 20-ish adults. Thank goodness it didn’t rain because while we have a fairly large outdoor area to handle a crowd of that size, if it was a wet day and everyone needed to be indoors, we would have been actually screwed (these are things my husband thinks of but I fail to plan for! Ooops!)
With a posse of his Kindy mates trailing him, family friends and a couple of second cousins in tow, Aston spent the afternoon in his absolute element. Although he’s a total leader of the pack when it comes to his mates, he gets so shy at cake cutting time when all the attention is on him and everyone is singing Happy Birthday. I love that though, it reminds me that he’s still wee, and just wants his Mama.
My husband works across the road from an icecream factory so for $20 we ended up with 4 litres each of Chocolate and Vanilla Icecream and 2L of gourmet Cookies and Cream and some other decadent flavour for the adults. Everyone got to choose whether they wanted to Build a Sundae or Scoop a Cone and then decorate it with any and everything they wanted from the extras lined up on the table.
Although my big girl ended up with a 6th Birthday Party, I’m not planning on another big soiree for this guy for a couple of years. Though I absolutely love throwing parties, I’m looking forward to the chance to do some lower-key things like outings with a couple of friends for birthday celebrations in the coming years.
Do you throw a party every year? Take year on, year off? What’s your birthday celebration style?