Thursday, July 07, 2016

Addie and Emmie Turn 3...A Snow White Party

Emmie left, Addie right
Addie and Emmie turned three back in May, and I had so much fun working on their birthday party for them! Three seems to be the magic age around here for really "getting" the whole birthday thing, so it was awesome to see them get excited for their big day.

Over the past year, they have consistently said their favorite princess is Snow White, so it seemed like a logical place to start for their party. A little imagination {and a lot of pinterest} later, I think they had a blast! There were lots of princess dresses, food, crowns to decorate, coloring, a jump house thanks to a friendly neighbor, and cupcakes. I mean what's not to love???

Max, Emmie, Addie, Ben
The boys got these knight shirts in Disney World, so they wore them to "protect the princesses" during the party. They make me happy.

There are few things in life I love more than a good party table. Okay...there are a lot of things. But a party table is definitely one of my love languages. I found a tablecloth for $3 at Walmart, had an awesome friend cut up some stumps for me, grabbed some flowers and sheets of moss and got to work on my computer for the printables. I think it's one of my favorite tables, and I think it may have been my most affordable. Done.

How cute are the Snow White cupcake toppers my mom made?? I love a good Cricut project.

Emmie left, Addie right
And of course my very FAVORITE part of the party table was that these two girls thought it was SO FUN, and it got them so excited about their party!

All the food on the table probably didn't hurt...ha! We had The Prince's Pig in a Blankets, Snow White's Strawberries, Not-So-Poisonous Apples and Caramel...and dips in the kitchen for the grown-ups. Because a party isn't a party without dip. I think that's a Proverb, but don't quote me on it.

Seven Dwarfs Dips

The crowns were a huge success. I just got some foam crowns and ordered some adhesive "jewels" on Amazon, and we were good to go!

Emmie and Mommy

Addie left, Emmie right
I may have remembered halfway through the party that back in my teaching days I would dress up as Snow White for Halloween. A likely story I know. Maybe I just wanted to dress like my girls, okay?? They got a kick out of it, and that's what matters. {But seriously I didn't plan it}.

Cupcake time. They requested their "own" cakes instead of sharing. I mean, who can blame them? They have to share a birthday, but they just want their own cakes by golly!! Luckily cupcakes count. 

Addie with Cinderella
Lots of jumping. One of my neighbors showed up, saw my tiny excuse for a jump house, and ran home and pulled this big ol' princess tent out of her attic. It was AMAZING!

Cute little favors! Have to give Pinterest all the cred for the bird whistle idea. They were such a fun way to end the night. I was worried they may not work, but they were great!

And finally...a few more pictures of the night to remember...

Emma's face...Addie's face...priceless.

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Monday, July 04, 2016

Ben Turns Four

It's no secret that I'm a bit behind on the ol' blog this year, but I am trying to at least get the big moments on here in hopes of catching up some day. Instagram gives my OCD brain a great sense of peace, because I know I have so many of favorite pictures all sorted and captioned. Here's to catching up in 2017!

Anyhow...Ben turned FOUR back in May, and I definitely count that as a BIG moment. This little guy is a hot mess in the very best way. He can be big, loud, hilarious, and a bundle of energy, and then he can turn around and be the most snuggly guy you've ever seen. He loves books, Legos, Veggie Tales, Star Wars, and {since I'm writing in now in good ol' July} I happen to know that he is a master of VBS songs and choreography. A master I tell you.

Ben's birthday fell on the last day of school, so his teacher decided to celebrate his birthday along with all the summer birthdays in the class.  I don't think he minded too much. The icing is what tipped me off.

Here he is on his actual birthday, but you know what really mattered in four-year-old world. The birthday party.

When it came to celebrating Ben's big day, he requested a "fireman and policeman" Lego party. I thought it would be easy-peasey since the I had seen the City Lego party sets online, but as it turned out they were discontinued. With a few improvisations, we were able to pull of a party that I think he really enjoyed. Legos? Cake? Pizza? What's a four-year-old boy not to like???

 All ready for the party to start!

Hanging out in front of the Build Your Own Lego Fireman Table

And the Play Doh table...

I printed out some Lego coloring pages for them to work on.

Fireman and Policeman Lego plates
Technically, they are Brik Tek, but let's not bother with semantics. Ha!

I got a little desperate for decorations, so I got some Lego City books and threw them around. I figured it was a win, because now they have them in their library.

The birthday boy requested that I make him a chocolate cake.

And I may have felt like I needed to get a cookie cake to round it out.

 Enjoying the party!

 Cake time!

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