Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I's Fourth Birthday Party: Part 1- Preparations

A few weeks ago, my baby turned four. Its been pretty magical watching him grow into such a sweet and funny little person. I can't believe how fast the time has flown. Everyone says it does, but its hard to believe until you experience it for yourself. To honor his birthday, Huz and I threw him an awesome race car themed party.

Once little man turned three years old, he began asking for a race car birthday cake for his fourth birthday. I'm not sure if he saw one somewhere or just dreamed it up, but he repeatedly asked for one throughout the year. If you know me well, you know I'm a huge procrastinator and even though I had the whole year to plan this birthday party, I waited until a couple weeks before his party to start planning it. So, we called on some amazing friends to come help us clean up the yard and handcraft the activities and favors for the party. Huge thanks go to east.west and nortagemdar and their husbands for the tremendous amounts of help they lent us!

The first order of business was getting the yard cleaned up and ready to host 40 people. Huz built this amazing fence around the garden using reclaimed boards from our old garden boxes. It turned out better than I could have imagined and now I have a farm in my back yard!

Next he built a compost bin out of old pallets. We're planning on painting it an aqua color soon.

I missed out on taking pictures of our friends helping with yard work because I was volunteering at the lab.

A few nights later, the gang came over and helped us with the party stuff.

The Husbands pooled their creative ideas and painted this awesome bean bag toss game. I've recently discovered its actually called Cornhole. *Insert Beavis and Butthead laughter here.*

I made some bean bags out of random fabrics I had lying around.

Bee drew this awesome racing dude for Pin the Helmet on the Driver.

and her adorable hair helped me stitch up the favor bags. It took all of our efforts to print the race car on the fabric. Our poor printer almost didn't make it.

I also had a blast making these awards to pass out to all of the little winners at the party.

Finally, we made this special birthday boy race car shirt for I to wear to the party. This was made using the freezer paper stencil technique. I love freezer paper!

Stay tuned cause the next post in this series will be all about the cake!


nortagemdar said...

Everything turned out so great, I loved the little checkerboard flags you had lining the patio, too! You really did such a great job with everything and I loved watching the kids wash that car over, and over, and over. Cuties. Can't wait for the cake post!

Anonymous said...

The awards are my favorite! Please plan all of my children's future parties. Forever.

- HS in FL