Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wesley's 3rd Birthday Train Party Part 1

Since I seem to have limited time on my hands now days, I'm hoping that breaking this up into a couple of posts will help me get it done!

If you know me, you know I LOVE birthdays! I love parties in general and if I could make a living at it, party planning would be my dream job! I have always loved birthdays and I probably go a little overboard but hey what can I say I love my babies and the days they were born are the two best days EVER in my life period. So, if I want to go a little crazy, I feel it's justified. :)

Wesley LOVES trains and actually started asking for a Thomas cake about 8 months ago when he saw the 3D Thomas cake in bakery at a local grocery store. He never wavered and had to have that cake. We are going to be at the beach on his actual birthday so I decided to have it the week before. The train was already booked for that weekend so I had to settle for two weeks early. He didn't mind and it will be nice not to have a party while trying to leave to go out of town, as well.

I had decided to use a train theme but not stick with just Thomas. After hours and hours of searching, I found the greatest website for invitations online. Peyton from Do It Cute did a fabulous job on my invites, thank you cards, address labels, and stickers. They were exactly what I wanted! She used a steam train design with the Thomas colors.

I searched all over Chattanooga for fabric and finally found a stripe with the right blues and reds in it at Walmart of all places. I made table runners for the food and cake table and used what was left for pennants in the pennant banner I made. I ordered a train name banner and a welcome sign from a site on Etsy, which after an ordeal was picked up Saturday morning right before the party by my awesome sister! I lucked up and found plastic platters for $1 a piece and a drink bucket for $4 at Walmart. Hobby Lobby had some red metal tubs 65% off so I snagged some of those as well. I found the cutest blue woven containers at the Dollar General half price and got 7 different size containers for under $5! As you can tell, I love finding good deals!!! I had seen some of the tissue paper puffs online and knew I wanted to use some. I decided to use them as the table decorations. Max actually had a lot of fun helping me make all the puffs. Since the party was close to July 4th I found all kinds of things that match my color scheme. I found straws for the kids drinks at the dollar tree, miniature pinwheels at Micheal's, and super cute metal buckets for $1 a piece at Target.

I knew I was going to have to serve lunch since the train ride was at 12 noon. My mom make super yummy pulled pork and when she offered to make it for Wes's party, I took her up on her offer. I had seen some cute sandwich ideas while search train parties online and decided to go with peanut butter and jelly boxcar sandwiches. We also had pasta salad, watermelon, chips, and drinks. The kids enjoyed their favors which consisted of a conductors hat, bandanna, train whistle, and personalized cookie.

Next post will be about his actual party!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Goodbye Kindergarten, Hello 1st grade

It seems like it was just yesterday that I was packing Max's first school lunch and backpack and dropping him off in his class room for his first day of school. It really doesn't seem possible that his first year of school has come to and end. He has learned so much and grown so much this year. I am so thankful for the wonderful teacher was were blessed with and all the sweet kids he had in his class. This is definitely bittersweet. I know that this is just a part of life but I really wish my babies didn't have to grow up so fast. Don't get me wrong, I love getting to experience all the new things that come along with each stage of their lives but it just seems like it is all happening too fast and I don't have enough time with them in the here and now.
The last week of school was filled with school play days, field trips, and celebrations. His moving up ceremony was on the evening of his last day of school. The kids sang two cute songs and then got to walk across the stage and received their certificates. We had a big group there to celebrate Max's special day. My dad, mom, sisters, father in law, sister in law, and nieces were all able to come. We let Max pick out somewhere special to eat to celebrate and he chose Japanese. We had a nice dinner and I had made Max his favorite red velvet with cream cheese icing cake for dessert when we got home. Now we get to enjoy our summer and the fun will begin again in August. Enjoy some pictures of my sweet little guy on his big day!

Getting ready for the ceremony

Max and Grayson

Love this sweet boy so much!

Part of his kindergarten class

Kindergarten classes @ OES 2011

Mrs. Baker, Max's teacher

I got money!!


Paw Paw's, Max, and Nana's

PawPaw's, Max, Nana's, Jessi, and Shia

Max and Shia

Jessi and Max

Belle, Max, Allison, and Emma

Brady and Max

The granddads and the boys

Daddy, Max, and Mommy

My precious Max and me

Mr Arnold, the principal and Max

Mrs. Baker and Max

Congratulations my sweet Max. We are so proud of you and so blessed to be your parents. We love you more than words can express.