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Birthday Party 2015!

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The party is over.

Whew!

It was a busy day starting with lawn and yard work at 7:00 sharp before a quick shower and errands. I love a freshly mowed lawn, especially for the kids to play in! Everything was tip top in the yard by 8:15 and I had 45 minutes to shower and dress before picking up cupcakes. Hottie fixed the shower heads so I took my time, enjoying his hard work to make my showers relaxing (rather than painful from too much pressure). I love my rare showers without kids in there with me. 😁

Hottie took the kids to the store for buns, and to just get them out of my hair so I could wrap everything up the way I wanted them. He knows me so well! The cupcakes were ready on time so I got home quickly to construct the cake.

Decorating the cake was, in a word, FUN! It turned out just as I wanted and I finished it right before the boys walked in. They loved it! And then they asked for their donuts. Ha!

We got all of the serving dishes out last night so we were really in a good place by 10:00. The cupcake toppers were on and the cupcakes were on their serving plates and platters, the cake was ready and safe from little fingers, and the banner and door sign were hung. We just needed the food to arrive.

10:30 came, and 10:30 went, and we had no food. No one was answering their phones so I was a bit panicked. Did I forget to verify the date on the quote? A quick check confirmed the date was correct. Whew! At 10:50, they called to say they were close. They arrived at 11:05. The party started at 11:00. But they were very efficient at setting it up and the food was ready by 11:10. Not bad considering the 35 minute delay!

Everyone but one family came, so we had 33 people including us. That’s small for us… Most of those people were family. It was a really good sized group. Manageable. The bounce house was setup out back, t-ball was ready in one part of the yard, basketballs were out by the court, and a water table was fresh and clean in the adult seating section. It was an outdoor haven for the kids. Inside, the kids played in the cool (I mean temperature!) basement and left the adults upstairs to eat and visit. Over half of the food was consumed and only two bottles of wine were drunk (and no beer… that surprised me).

The birthday song was sung at 12:05 (goal was noon) and the house was empty by 1:06 (goal was 1:00). The house was clean by 2:45 and the kids were napping by 3:00. And then I headed off to a friend’s son’s birthday… Because one party wasn’t enough for me. Ha!

The only pictures I took are here. We have some of the boys blowing out candles on the SLR, but they’re not that great. Ugh!

It was fun, but I’m glad it’s done!

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Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

6 thoughts on “Birthday Party 2015!

  1. Sounds like everything went very smoothly. I’m getting a little nervous for the girls first birthday, it will be relatively small, but I only gave myself a week between “RSVP by” and the party date. I’m planning on making their cakes but will cater the food and will order extra chairs and tables for our yard. The cake you made is adorable!

  2. I’m glad the party went so well!! And the cake and cupcakes look delicious – great job!!

  3. I may totally steal your cake idea, kind of because C is obsessed OBSESSED with trucks….this would definitely make it special for him. If only I could find trucks driven either by Buzz Lightyear or Dave the Minion 🙂

  4. Another successful birthday party in the books! Glad everything went off as you hoped, and the food came (yikes!). It does feel so good to be done with a party though, doesn’t it?

  5. I have to kind of laugh at the timeline, because it is so opposite our plans. People are coming around 630 or so on Friday and will likely leave sometime around 9, except for those closest to us who will stay on through dinner.

    Anyway, the party looks like a ton of fun. I love, love, LOVE the cake and the theme. Maybe I’ll convince Andy that he needs a construction party next year. 😉 Is your plan that every other year it’s a bigger party for both boys? Or are you thinking about alternating years?

  6. Wow, I love when parties go along smoothly on your timeline like that. Well done! Sounds like a great day for the boys. 🙂

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