Usually I make invitations, but I cheated this year and bought some store bought ones. They were handy because they also included thank you notes in the package (which we still have to finish writing up...man I'm a slacker!!!).
|Playing Uno with Grandma while waiting for the party to start|
I think planning the food was my favorite part. After spending lots of time on Pinterest and the internet, we mixed and matched food ideas until we found things we liked and fit our budget. You can check out my Birthday Party Ideas Pinterest board for original sources and tutorials on most of these ideas :)
|Doc Hudson's Hot Rods (hot dogs)|
|Condiment stop light|
|Dip sticks (veggies and dip) and Mater's Tater's (potato chips)|
|Francesco's Pasta d'Italiano|
(Pizza pasta salad with olives as car tires)
|Flo's V8 Cafe:|
Motor oil (coffee), Antifreeze (lemonade colored green
with lime sherbet in it), and Brake Fluid (Iced tea)
|Hanging out with Bandesco, waiting for|
it to be present time!
|Another Dalek shirt from Uncle Derrick! This one has four |
Daleks dressed up as the Avengers
|Puddle boots stuffed with toy tractors from|
Aunt Karen and Uncle Pastor Dale
|Books, an Iron Man t-shirt and a new Bandesco car from Yaya and Poppa|
|A Star Wars fishing pole and sunglasses from Grandma and Grandpa|
|A stuffed crab (that we named Mr. Pinchy), under the sea creatures,|
and a sea life floor puzzle from Great Grandma and Great Grandpa
|The cake! It had his favorite three vehicles from the Cars movies on it|
|Blowing out the candle with Mommy|
We had a great time. It was quieter than normal as Pete's sister and family and my brother and his family were unable to attend. Quiet was good, though, as we had just had our annual church auction the night before so the kids were up until after 9 (I think it was closer to 10 before they got to bed), so they were all very tired that day.
What was your favorite birthday experience?