I always like to start with the invitation to set the tone for the party. Plus, once they're sent there's no turning back! This time I
|The birthday boy awaits his guests.|
I always feel like every party needs a statement piece. Something that tells your guests that "this is a party". Something that shows them that you have put some thought and effort into their enjoyment, and that they will remember after they leave. This time I decided to make "the big thing" a photo booth/backdrop in the form of a cityscape for the little caped crusaders to pose in front of. The whole thing is made of butcher paper and construction paper, and cost less than $3 to put together. Luckily I tend to like the charmingly homemade esthetic! The most time consuming part by far was cutting out and gluing on all those little windows, otherwise you could easily put it all together in less than an hour. We put it in the sitting room right inside the front door, so it was the first things the guests saw when they arrived, and it really set the scene for the party!
|We snapped shots of the more willing posers as they arrived and suited up.|
|Busting some super heroic moves.|
|Uncle Cody wanted in on the action too.|
|Group shot! Preschoolers are wiggly. So very wiggly.|
Espen has requested that we hang it in the playroom, so it will be going in there as soon as I've figured out a better way to hang it than blue painter's tape.
|You've got to have balloons!|
|Always a popular activity!|
Where party food for small children is concerned, I have learned to keep it simple. They're small eaters at the best of times, and are usually too wired at a birthday party to really be very interested in food. So rather than be left with a mountain of leftovers, we made mini cupcakes and popcorn, served with juice boxes. I was going to make cute little cupcake toppers, but ran out of time. But guess what, nobody cared one bit.
|Espen and a little buddy eat up.|
|Gwen (seen here chatting on her baby monitor phone and casually snacking on some popcorn) enjoyed being one of the gang along with the big kids.|
|I assure you I am shouting festively.|
|Such a classy arrangement!|
|They rose to the occasion.|
|Uncle Cody and aunt Becky face off.|
|Ask for a crazy picture...|
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