Once again, I am late getting things posted. JJ's birthday was on April 8th and his birthday party was on the 9th. The theme was Mickey Mouse since that is his current favorite cartoon. April can be an interesting month here in Oklahoma. It's usually pretty windy and can be rainy as well. JJ's 1st and 2nd birthday parties were both at a local park. We were lucky to have good weather on both occasions although it was very windy. This year I wanted to have it somewhere we could have it inside as well as out. Our house is too small for a party so we had it at my parents house. It was perfect! They live on 1 acre so there was plenty of room for the kids to run and we also were able to keep the food and gifts in the house. I'm sure we'll be having JJ's 4th birthday party at my parent's house again next year!
I wanted to have a nice birthday party without spending a fortune so with a little research I was able to make a lot of it.
This is what you saw when you entered the house. I made Mickey Mouse shaped rice krispie treats on a stick, MM ears for all of the kids, and a MM topiary. The picture of JJ is one side of his party invitation.
Here's where all the food went. I made 2 more MM topiaries for decorations and I also made the cupcakes. The empty space on the table is where the pizza went.
These are the goody bags I sent home with each kid. Lots of candy inside and MM memorabilia!
A closer pic of the cake. My friend, Rachael, has made every birthday cake for JJ so far. She always does such a good job!
A picture of my little bug before the party starts.
2 of the kids wearing the ears I made.
A bounce house we were fortunate to have. A friend and co-worker of my Dad's allowed us to borrow the bounce house for the day.
My Dad built JJ a sandbox last summer for JJ and it came in handy for the party. The kids loved it!
Time to sing Happy Birthday and blow out the candles! This is his embarrassed face. I love it!
After having cake and cupcakes we went to a local horse farm. Before seeing the horses we all sat in a room and listened to James Bond (yes, that's his real name!) give the history of the horse farm and tell us what we'll be doing.
Learning how to brush the ponies.
Each child got to ride the pony cart a couple of times.
While some of the kids were riding the cart, the rest of us were petting the horses.
And JJ was running around like a crazy person!
My Mom talking to Oreo. He was such a sweet horse.
Getting back from a ride. He had each adult go on a quick ride while he explained how using the reigns on the horses relates to raising children. It was a very good little talk.
Time to open presents! This present is from my parents.
This is from my in-laws.
haha! Guess he's not so sure about this one. :)
At the end of the day we were all exhausted but it was good day! My sweet boy had a fun, family and friend-filled party and I didn't have to spend a fortune to give it to him!
I still can't believe I have a 3 year old. I wish he would stop growing. Just for a little bit. I miss my baby.
Click here to read about JJ's 2nd birthday party and here to read about JJ turning 1.