A Very Super Birthday

Who am I to say no to this face?

Especially when he is a war hero…

As you can imagine, my little guy requested a very special birthday party in celebration of turning four.  We told him that we didn’t plan a big birthday party for him this year (we usually do a ‘friend’ birthday party every other year and a small family party on the other years) but he asked over and over.  Since it was a last minute decision to throw a bash, we didn’t really have time to send out real invites like we usually do so we sent out an evite to his friends and family and crossed our fingers that someone would show.

Will decided that he wanted a Superman party….and Superman means superhero to all of you that don’t speak ‘four’.  It actually includes Superman himself…but also Spiderman, Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America and Batman.  And any other costumed figure that could be heroic…or evil.  It is basically like asking for Coke in the south….you could basically be doing the Dew or drinking the real thing.  You never know.

The party was just two weeks after LJ was born so I put pretty much all kid activities in the hands of Jeremy.  We had grand plans to do a “HERO TRAINING CAMP” with a grand finale of water-ballooning a very evil villain but in the end, Jeremy convinced me that we should take the easy road and just rent a bounce house.

I thought it would be a small one.  Jer had other plans.

It was a huge wet slide that you hooked your hose up to and the way we had it angled in the yard, it created a splash pool at the bottom.

The kids obviously hated it.

It was right after church on a Sunday so we served a late lunch.   I love seeing the kiddos around the giant table down on the patio.  It really has served us well during big parties.  I honestly think it’s one of our most useful builds.

When it came to decorations for the party, I wanted to keep it super simple.  I decided that I would create a streamer wall…which would have been a great idea but there was a slight breeze that day which thwarted my plans.   Those cupcakes never stood a chance.

We served chips and hero sandwiches and pizza.  I had also prepared plates of finger foods like cheese and crackers and deli meats as well as twelve quarts of strawberries that never got served…because I was apparently sleepwalking.  Seriously…sleep deprivation is real and new moms should have personal chaperones so that they don’t attempt to drive heavy machinery.  Because every new mom wants to drive a front loader after giving birth to their own front loader :)

Thank goodness the whole super hero thing is popular these days because all the stuff we used was easy to find.  The plates and the cupcakes were from Walmart…as well as the favors.

 

I used a few of Will’s toys as table décor…because what is a hero sandwich unless there is an actual hero nearby, right?!

The favors were little cups from Walmart filled with candy and temporary tattoos.  I thought about getting the kids real tattoos but ya know…that could have been weird later when they outgrow their fascination with Dora and monster trucks.

Even though it was a fairly simple party (if you call taping ten thousand pieces of streamer to a wall simple), it was very fun.  I loved the low key-ness of it all.  In fact, I told Jeremy afterward that I think I learned a few party-planning lessons….like kids will find a way to amuse themselves…and they don’t NEED a hundred theme-centered, parent orchestrated games to keep them occupied.  At least not when there are inflatables available.

And Will loved it too.  He even told us later that he was gonna have another birthday party next week.

Oh and the presents?  They were pretty awesome.  He got so many that we returned the duplicates and he got to go shopping with his own ‘money card’ and it was like a birthday all over again.

Oh and did I mention that his present from Mommy and Daddy and Weston and LJ were a bunch of superhero costumes?  Yeah.  He and his neighborhood buddies all dressed up later for a mini photo shoot and it was one of the most hilarious things ever.  The sound effects were my favorite part.  They would have scared even the most evil villain away…or maybe a squirrel or two :)

Now my little guy is officially four.  It seems like just yesterday that we were hosting his first birthday party.  My how time flies….just like Superman :)

Mustache Bash

Who stole my baby?

Seriously.  I must have blinked really long because a thief took my infant and left me with a one year old.  Who does that sort of thing?!  Filthy animal that Father Time.  I refuse to work with him anymore.

So in honor of my little man, I did what any loving mother does for their babe’s first birthday…I threw him a party themed after his abundant fake facial hair.

Let me just start out by saying that this was supposed to be the world’s most low key, smallest get-together ever.  And then the night before the party, I had a partial anxiety attack because I wondered if Weston would look back at pictures of his first party and compare them to Will’s first birthday party….the farmyard fun that was complete with hayrides and puppet show.  As a parent, I never want any of my children to feel like I don’t do as much as I can to celebrate their sheer and utter awesomeness.  Us moms overanalyze.

So I stayed up till three a.m. blowing up balloons and hanging streamers.  I was in a full party-blitz mode.  The next day, when folks got to the party, they were greeted with our grooming station.  It’s where they could pick up a ‘mustache on a stick’ or a stick-on version that I scored from the Dollar General.  I also asked folks to write their names on a spare paper mustache so that I could make a little art for Weston later…a little piece to commemorate his big day.

We decided to host the party on the first floor (that’s kind of a first for us!  It’s crazy convenient to have a basement big enough for entertaining) and I ran with the black n white theme with a splash of green thrown in for fun.  Our menu was really simple too…hot dogs, chips and a chili bar.  (fun fact…the makers of Will’s paci is Chill Baby and he is very particular about what brand….so “Chili” baby it was for the menu!)

I made his smash cake again….just like I did with Will…but this time we topped it with a chocolate mustache (here’s a link to the mustache mold I used).

One of my favorite things was the mustache brownies.  They were actually REALLY simple.  I just baked a couple pans of brownies like I would normally and after they cooled, I simply used a cookie cutter to cut out several chocolatey ‘staches.

Overall, I could tell that Weston was really excited about the hotdogs.  They are his favorite.

And here is the main man after downing all of his lunch….sans the mo.  He still eats a lot of those convenient baby food packs (like the mixed up veggies and applesauce) so he had a dog with his sauce :)  Oh and for posterity sake…he calls all food and drink “NANA”…which thrills my mother who goes by Nana to no end.

I was really excited about the cake smash.  Will had a great time eating through and destroying his cake so I naturally assumed that Weston would do the same (he’s generally a little bit more hands on when it comes to things…loves knocking things over and throwing food…)

I don’t know if it was the green sugar on top or if it was just too much attention but the kid was totally confused.  It’s like he decided that messy wasn’t his thing that day.  His hands went in…

He tried the icing at one point….only to lead to a face of utter disgust.  It was kind of ironic because this is the same kid that cries if I don’t let him put dirty shoes in his mouth.  This same kid will put the grossest things in his mouth if I am not on top of him….only to watch him not eat CAKE.  It’s pure irony.

He did like feeding Jeremy and I….which is nothing new…the kid likes feeding others.  Will liked kissing other people…Weston wants to give them food.

Some of the boys with their facial hair…I have no idea why but all the kids loved keeping their faces completely stoic when sporting the mustaches.  It was actually quite comical.

We played a couple games…like Pin The Stache On the Baby.  I printed out a colored picture of Weston (it was really hard for me to find one that was front on without the paci – ha!) at Office Max and then slipped it in a post frame so that the little staches would easily remove.

The kids all really enjoyed it when the stache would end up like a uni-brow or a little black hairdo.

After that we played a little ‘shaving’ game with balloons and shaving cream and razors (we just kept the protective shield on the razor ends).

Little Nicky was the funniest.  He tried really hard for ten seconds and then loudly announced that it was too messy.

I figured out half-way through that it was really helpful to have a bucket of water available for rinsing the razor.  The kids had a tough time flinging the shaving cream off the ends of the razor but amazingly enough, the balloons got relatively clean.  Natalia got the award for the best job….I would trust that girl to do my facial hair anytime :)

Then Weston got into the opening of the presents…which translates to a one-year-old as ‘throwing the paper’.

His favorite gift….a couple of balls.  Oh the joys of babies.

Afterward we snapped a little family photo and talked about the irony of Movember being our little mustache man’s birthday month.  Maybe that means he will work in men’s health awareness!  Or cure cancer!  I guess we will give him a few more years till we push for that one :)  Until then, we will just keep on loving our little guy and celebrating him like the stud he is.

Happy Birthday Baby Weston.  I love you more than you will ever know.  No matter how big you get…you will always be my Munchkin!