the jig is up.
my well-thought out plan of small, minuscule, basically non-existent parties for rush’s birthday went as far as it could go. somewhere between 3 and 4 he realized, hey – we’re always going to other peoples’ birthday parties doing something fun…and giving them cool presents…and eating a bunch of cake! what the HECK?! so off to the bouncehouse we went for my little man’s 4th birthday party. my intention with this soiree was to make it SO NOT a big deal. i planned it for a weekday (don’t want to impede any weekend plans! no big deal if you can’t make it!) from 4:00 – 6:00 (i am always looking for something to do with the kids between those hours and thought maybe another harried mom would find solace in an activity then too – and have the kids’ dinner taken care of!). we held it at the sort of ghetto bouncy place around the corner from our house and i bought a ‘package’ full of drinks, tickets and plasticware. we invited his preschool class and a handful of other kids we see regularly with playdates – i.e., HIS friends. (this is going to be tough for me because i naturally want to invite all of my friends.)
so this is the plan going in – simple. ultra simple. and then i found vintage lighthouse stamps on etsy. rush LOVES lighthouses.
from then, it was decided. classic red and navy nautical, with emphasis on lighthouses. so naturally, an invitation in similar fashion had to follow…
in the etsy shop here.
and we had to have summer floral arrangements, in silver bowls. i mean how many times do you turn four anyway?
this was actually the simplest floral arrangement ever – hydrangeas from the yard stuck into green floral foam, in two sort of matching silver bowls that i purchased for $5 each at my church’s flea market.
i found this wooden lighthouse in an antique shop in florida last summer, and it was the perfect centerpiece. it usually sits in rush’s room.
food was easy – annie’s cheddar bunnies, chick-fil-a nuggets and a little fruit kabob. the skewers, plates and napkins all came from target!
the cake…i LOVE my cake girl. katie from sweet peeps always does a bang up job! i sent her the invitation and she created this coordinating beaut.
loved the little sailor’s knot detail.
i wasn’t going to do favors, but then i found the most adorable red striped bags…
inside there were fish stickers, a whale lollipop and some little sea creatures that grow when you put them in water.
i think the birthday boy was a teensy bit excited about his party.
his sister was stoked about jumping…
his little friends are all so sweet.
all FOUR (sniff) candles were blown out handily…
and just like that, another year ticks by. i’ve been seeing all of the photos on facebook of back to school cuteness, but really getting hit hard by the kids going off to college. those kids were little just yesterday, it can’t be time for that yet! it’s unbelievable how fast this parenting thing goes. this article made me ugly cry last night just thinking about what’s to come. our house may be a complete disaster with toys and books strewn every whichway 90% (ok ok, 100%) of the time but i know i’ll miss the mess and noise when it’s gone.
but sometime between now and when rush heads off to college, we have GOT to figure out how to take a decent family photo.
one of these days…