Saturday was Mason’s big birthday party and if you follow me on instagram (@aleciaharris88) then you have been seeing sneak peeks of the party all week. His actual birthday isn’t until tomorrow (I’m in denial he is turning 6 at all) but since it was the weekend that meant we had to party!!
He had wanted a Frozen themed party since January and I desperately tried to come up with a creative way to make it more boy centered. We love Olaf and so I automatically headed in that direction. However, I soon realized it was going to take a lot of work and be more difficult than I wanted it to be. With a new baby I’m really learning to sometimes just say no to things that I know will stress me out and this was one of those things. So I cleverly got him switched to a minion themed party before he could realize what was happening. It was still a lot of work but it turned out awesome!!
My first project was to make some minion t-shirts. Last year we all dressed up as pirates but I figured we could pull off the minion look with just shirts this time around. All it took was a little bit of felt, some googly eyes and a fabric marker and voila! T-shirts were done and they turned out super cute!
I was kind of wimpy with the decorations this year but just didn’t have enough time to hang everything I wanted hung and make everything I wanted to make. Again, I’m prioritizing and realizing it’s okay to not be super mom ALL the time. I had a simple birthday banner, balloons and streamers and everything yellow and blue colored I could find. We also had a fun minion 3D piñata that all the kids loved and got to hit multiple times. Thank goodness for strong cardboard! Plus, the rush for the candy was priceless.
I kept the food simple this year as well. We just did hot dogs, chips and 3 kinds of popcorn. I made the popcorn bags and tags and the White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie was hands down my favorite and I think the most popular of the night. It was so easy and simple. Perfect for a fall party or if you have a pumpkin obsession like me and most of the country…it’s perfect for the whole year.
We had a house full of guests and there were 9 kids under 7 running around like crazy. I’m sure some were near death with anxiety but I really loved it. Gavin was an angel all day until party time and nearly screamed for 2 hour straight, the littlest baby (2 weeks old) was quiet and asleep, and the baby girl (6 months old) was making sure her presence was known with her ADORABLE high pitched squeals of delight. This was just the younger three. The rest of the herd was running around, up and down and forwards and backwards in all different fashions. They were so fast we could hardly keep an eye on all the flashing commotion. I’m one of the crazy ones who found humor in the whole situation and tried to soak up every minute of all the chaos. I was rocking Gavin to sleep at one point in his room and could hear all the laughs and sounds from outside. I closed my eyes and tried to imprint that sound and memory near my heart because I know someday I’ll miss it. Someday all of our family will be grown and this house will feel empty and these rooms will feel quiet. The memories will seep into the walls but they’ll only be memories. So for my part I enjoyed every second of crazy I could cause crazy is what makes life truly beautiful!
Mason had a blast and while we all had birthday party hangovers….a cup of coffee hit the spot and a lazy day of football was a perfect cure.
Yes, this is how me and Gavin spent Sunday night before the big game….attempting to play an awesome game of peekaboo….blanket style!! Don’t be jealous of our awesomeness and sleepy eyes! Looking this good with a blanket on your head and a cheetah in your lap takes effort! 😉
Thank you to everyone who came and made Mason feel so special. Your love and support of our boys truly warms and touches my heart. It truly takes a village and I couldn’t do it without you all.