Monday, December 12, 2011

A Birthday Party for M!

We had a great weekend -- we celebrated M's 3rd birthday with her first-ever party!  We chose our local children's museum (one of M's favorites) and our guest list consisted of mostly family.  I was a little nervous because I've obviously never planned a kid's party.  Luckily the children's museum provides a host and brings in a person (with animals!) to entertain the kids while in the party room.  And then obviously after that, they get to explore four floors of fun in the museum.

We feasted on sandwiches, chips, and cake.  The museum doesn't allow outside commercial food, so my plans of serving pizza (kids' favorite) didn't happen.  The museum offers a package where they'd provide each guest with a juice box and light snacks, but with it being a noon party, I thought it was only fair to feed attendees.  So I made sandwiches and hoped the kids wouldn't be disappointed that they were eating such "boring" party food. I think it was fine.  :-) 

I'm not what you would consider creative, but I wanted to add a few small details to the party.  I made some little tags to go on the brown bags we used for sandwiches and "thank you" tags to put on the favors.

I had some unopened scrapbook paper and cardstock that I was supposed to use on a baby book for Morgan three years ago.  Notice I said unopened.  (I started a blog and said "forget a scrapbook.")

They had a few small toys in the party room that the kids really liked.

And the animals were cool. The Birthday Girl was friendly to each one.

My niece C helped with the turtle.


The bunny was everyone's favorite.

Cousin C helping with the hedgehog.

All of the animals were adorable, but this one got a slightly different reaction from everyone.

And one of the party attendees had the guts to hold him.

Yep, 'tis I.  Hey, she needed a volunteer to hold the guy, and none of the kids (or their mamas and daddies - ha!) were thrilled about holding our snake friend.  Like most folks, I'm not too comfortable with snakes, but they're not animals I'm super afraid of - so I said, "Why not?"  Now don't try to get me to hold a lizard of a frog - no thanks! Those two freak me out just a little.

Morgan liked him, too.

Big Daddy (my dad) helping the Birthday Girl with her lunch.

The party host getting ready to seat the Birthday Girl (I also have a video of us singing Happy Birthday to M and her blowing out her candles all by herself).

Don't ask me how many pieces of cake she's had since the party.

She liked opening the gifts.  

As usual, the kids enjoyed the museum.  I was especially excited about having her party there because I knew there was a new train exhibit.  SHE LOVED IT.  She has a major obsession with trains -- particularly Thomas and Friends -- so she was absolutely ecstatic.  She literally shivered with excitement when she saw the Thomas exhibit.

In the Snow Room.

Ice Fishing

We only did two floors of the museum because we were exhausted, but I think the kids had a great time.  

I loved her train cake (wish I would've gotten a better pic of it).  I used a bakery that I've used a few times in the past, including her first birthday (we've always had cake for her birthday -- just never a party).  This cake actually resembles her very first birthday cake with the adorable pastel polka dots.  One day I'd like to try my hand at making my child(ren)'s birthday cake. 

Overall, M's party was a success.  I actually look forward to giving her another one (maybe when she turns five).  More importantly, she enjoyed having her very own birthday party.  We are so blessed to have shared this special day with our family.  Both Danny's family and mine live at least an hour away (my dad, stepmom, and sisters even further --  in another state), yet they all still came to celebrate with us.  We are so blessed.  THANK YOU, FAMILY.

A special thank you to those who helped.  And a SUPER special thank you to my husband and parents.  Danny stayed up late with me the night before and helped with the tags and favor bags.  My mom -- as she always does -- helped a lot at the party with pretty much everything.  I couldn't do a lot of things without her.  And my dad, who helped a lot with Morgan.  He pretty much did the museum with her while we just stood back and caught our breaths from the party.  M is a super busy body, so that's no small job.  So there were a lot of hands in M's first birthday party, which is the reason it was a success!  Super grateful!

I hope everyone has a great week.  Things are starting to slow down for me, so I am pretty happy about that. I hope to post every day this week (yes, every day for a change).  Last week I spent four days in NYC with a group of teachers and students and had an awesome time.  We did so much that there's no way to fit it into one blog post.  So everyday this week, I'll tell you a little about the trip.

In the meantime, it's Sunday night, and I've got our clothes to gather for the week and dishes that need to go in the dishwasher.  And many other things -- but I'll be skipping those tonight. :-)

Have a good week, folks!

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