We decided to have home parties for the boys’ third birthday celebrations and instead of one large party we split it into a Saturday party for the kids and a Sunday party for family.
I had plans for fairly low key parties but after a big Easter shindig the weekend before and keeping busy with family in town we had a late night on Friday getting things set up. I had visions of three dozen helium balloons filling the ceiling and a race car theme made mostly of checkered flag banners I ordered on the cheap through Amazon.
Well, as luck would have it the balloons we ordered from Party City were blown up pretty full so the second Joel released them in the house on Saturday morning they started popping. Within ten minutes a handful had burst and I was getting more and more stressed with each bang. We were working on the food prep and last bit of set up and then all these balloons we paid for were bursting before anyone had showed up.
My Mom saved the day and volunteered to go out for two more dozen balloons incase a bunch more burst and dealt with the folks at Party City.
BUT the impact was definitely made on the boys right away and they LOVED the balloons, even if Mommy was stressing out.
Luckily for our preparations no one arrived right on time but just before I was worried that we might not have any guests come out to celebrate. We started with our regular play date buddies and the boys had fun playing with balloons and running around.
Let’s get this party started!
Their friends gave us some great new games which were opened within seconds. It was cute watching the kids talk about the games and telling Graham and Miles all about them.
Checking out their new gifts.
We had a few of our race car themed toys brought down from the play room and Joel set up a track on the floor using painters tape. The kids had fun playing and with the arrival of more of our play date friends the party was hopping.
A bit out of sequence but I love this picture of Nora playing picnic with Else and youngin Remi chillin off to the right. A little girls party among all the boys’ stuff.
Before our play date buds needed to head out we lined up all the twinnies for a photo opp. It’s pretty comical getting six boys to sit together and look at a camera. We did pretty good except one guy who wasn’t keen on getting his picture taken.
So the rest sat and said “Cheeeeeese”
And waited while parents wrangled and gathered their cameras.
Feel like getting your picture taken?
Finally Daddy scooped him up and added him to the group.
Which he wasn’t happy about. The rest started saying “Cheeese” again.
This picture CRACKS me up. Miles just finished saying “I’ve already did this!” when someone prompted everyone to say Cheese again. and check out little man Luke in the middle – hilarious expression caught in an instant.
There was food followed by cupcakes for everyone and the boys got to hear their names in their favorite birthday song JUST for them.
Chocolate is always a hit with Miles.
Graham says not too shabby.
Sunday was our family party and we kept the theme the same. We swapped out some of the kid food and served mini hamburgers and sweet potato fries.
Some of the aunties and uncles came to help us celebrate.
This party was much more low key with Graham and Miles the only kids in attendance which lead to a lot of really sweet moments. Like this one where Papa and Miles found some time to themselves behind the couch to look at his new toys.
Snuggles from all the aunties and uncles.
Earlier in the week Grandpa helped put together the new digger the boys received from Grandma and Grandpa.
The best part was my sister and niece were here to enjoy all the fun too. It was so cute seeing Nora with the other girls. Older…
… and younger.
Thanks again everyone for all the fun and gifts! If anyone snagged pictures from either party please send them to me. I eventually set down my camera and just enjoyed the parties. And there’s lots of fun details I’m forgetting like – have you SEEN two three year olds barrel rolled up into bubble wrap?