D-Man’s 4th birthday was well over a month ago, and we even had his birthday party 2 weeks later after our move. So I am really late about sharing the party and photos with you all! This party was literally just a week after our move, so I had scrambled to get our house in order AND plan a party AND deal with sick babies AND I was sick myself throughout this process.
This was the first party D-Man has ever had! Between Christmas, Boobie’s birthday, sick kiddos and weather conditions, previous years parties had always been canceled or postponed. Not this year! Nothing was stopping us from having a wonderful day for our little man!
|Inspiration Event Services|
Thankfully I have some pretty fabulous friends! My childhood friend Bree has her own business. She plans parties and events for a living, she makes tons of delicious goodies and treats and also does custom candy buffets. Her gorgeous daughters are even a part of the business, and they do face painting. I knew on such a tight schedule I needed some help with this, so I called on her to do a fab candy buffet (featuring many of her edible treats), gift bags for the kids, and face painting for the kids!
My eldest son has a girlfriend (you’ll spot her in the photos below), and her mom helped out with some pretty awesome artwork with all the posters. My kids helped with decorating, along with my daughter’s friend and my son’s girlfriend, and we rented a helium tank and my older boys blew up about 50 balloons that we had scattered throughout the house. A friend made the cake and my amazing hubby picked it up that morning and drove 50 miles total without any flaws in the cake! Amazing!
As for the food, I was already stressed from the move, unpacking and getting our house together and everything else. I decided to remove all pressure and go the easy route. We picked up a few pizzas, put together a veggie platter and some fruit kabobs, bought some pre-made sushi, orange chicken, and general’s chicken. I did make a cheese dip for chips with Velveeta and canned chili beans, I also made the little pigs in a blanket with mini hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls and baked, and we made pb&j (D-Man’s favorite) sandwiches cut in star and circle shapes with cookie cutters.
We rented a superhero bounce house and bought a spiderman pinata, those and the face painting kept all the kids super busy. The littlest ones simply enjoyed playing with all the balloons in random places and everyone enjoyed the food. All in all, it was a wonderful party, and we celebrated late into the night.
Of course, I’m not creative enough to have had all of these ideas on my own. The cake was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest (unfortunately, I can’t find the original source for this photo!)
The decor for the streamers I found via Annie’s Eats (as well as the fruit kabobs!) and we made the DIY topper, but it was inspired by a photo by One Charming Party.
If you are in the Northern California area (from the SF Bay Area up through Sacramento) I would recommend Inspiration Event Services for many of your party needs. From Chocolate dipped strawberries to seasonal gift baskets, candy buffets and party planning, she is your girl! I don’t just say that because we go back 20+ years, but her treats are simply delicious and she is always creating something new! Even if you aren’t local, most of her treats and goodies (including goodie bags and baskets) can be shipped! She’s been featured twice on Good Day Sacramento too and has a comprehensive menu on her website. Check it out!
The bounce house was ordered through JNB Jumps and they had awesome prices and wonderful customer service.
D-Man had a great day, and he still talks about how much fun he had that day! My message of the day? If you are overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to ask for help! I don’t think we did too bad for throwing our house together in a week and getting the party together, mind you, I didn’t even shop for the decorations till the week of the party. Etsy has some amazing shops that have super cute decor and they can personalize it. Unfortunately, I’m a big time procrastinator and bought it all at the last minute, so I mixed up various superhero themes to create our own! Best of all, I wasn’t in the kitchen cooking for hours so I really got to enjoy the party with D-Man. Enjoy the photos below!
|Gift table decor.|
|The most awesome cake! The bottom layer was white cake with confetti and vanilla icing, middle layer was chocolate cake with chocolate icing, and top layer was root beer cake with vanilla icing!|
|The hubby, Big G, and I. <3|
|Some random party moments.|
|D-Man getting prepared to blow out his candles. Here you can see the cape in the back of the cake!|
|Thanks for looking at our party pics!!|
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts are my own.