Of course, 10+ months ago I had this elaborate birthday party theme planned out for the boys and spent a chunk of time collecting random things in stores and pinning ideas on Pinterest… And THEN.
BOOM. Pregnant again, and due in January – AGAIN. haha. (I swear, we don’t plan it this way.)
The idea of doing any sort of party with anything crafty made me want to curl up and cry. Just couldn’t do it this year. At least not right now. So, we compromised and decided we’ll try out a fun, big party for the boys’ half birthday – in June/July. I’ve always wanted to try a summer birthday party, and with being 37 weeks pregnant at the time of the party AND having just moved into a project house a couple months prior – I figured, what better time and excuse than now!
So instead of “over-doing” it… I major “under-did” it. And it was awesome. Part of me missed the craft time I get while prepping for parties and the creative outlet that it provides me, but the other part of me was overjoyed to take a trip to Target, pick up a few things and call it good!
In December, the boys all the sudden became obsessed with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, even though they had no idea what it was. A few friends had a few TMNT memorabilia, but otherwise they had no experience with it. I bought them a DVD with the old skool 90’s cartoons of them for Christmas, and daddy bought them TMNT swords and nunchucks, because he loves any excuse to buy them more “boy toys” and fighting utensils, and any excuse to give mama more gray hairs! They have increasingly loved TMNT since December, so it was easy to pick that as a simple party theme – especially since it’s rampant in the stores right now.
I picked up some TMNT plates, some forks in all 4 TMNT colors, green plastic table cloths, some green streamers and a green window marker. Done and doooooone.
I spent less than an hour “decorating” and setting up, called in for pizza’s (because, duh? What else would TMNT’s eat?!), cut up some fruit and veggies and waited for our party peeps to arrive. Because this was a much more scaled back, relaxed party (and since we’ll still have a big party for them this summer), we kept it to our family and each boy could have their best friend (and their family) over.
Reflection photo op! Two of my best girls!
This crew, while we love them so, has some serious array of allergies! A couple allergic to nuts, an egg allergy, a couple allergic to dairy and some that prefer gluten free in there too… so when it comes to birthday cake – I have a dilemma every year! I spotted a TMNT cake at WinCo, but knew I couldn’t just do a sheet cake because of allergies. So I asked about buying the cake toppers only (and they let me!) and made a vegan cake at home.
Zeek’s a pro at blowing out candles by this point in time, but Asher still needs some help.
Cake was a success!
They had no probs ripping into their gifts.
The kids all vanished into the playroom after gifts, and all of us adults enjoyed the quiet(er) side of the house in the living room, just sitting and chatting. Can I just say how much I love my house? This party made me love it even more.
Asher got a new pirate sword for a present and he had no problems keeping up with the big boys!
Auntie Angela and Asher
The coolest dude at the party! He always is finding his pockets to put his hands in.
And by the end of the night, the men found themselves congregating in the playroom all by themselves.
Thankful for a mellow party, amazing family and friends, and a good and simple birthday party. Can’t believe my men are FOUR and TWO! Yikes.