Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Prince and Princess Birthday Party!

I still cannot believe that Gracie is four and Reagan is two! I think I've shared before about how, before having kids of my own, I would look at or care for three years olds and think, "I could have one of these little people walking around someday." Now I have two babies who have surpassed that. That is just crazy to me.

Over the weekend we celebrated our October babies with a Prince and Princess themed birthday party. Eric protested at first for the sake of his son, haha. But I thought, hey. If I'm going to do a theme like this it better be when Reagan is too small to care. Plus, I needed something easy. Quick and easy!

There were just a few royal touches here and there. Nothing super fancy, but I think it turned out pretty cute! As I was hanging up streamers I looked around and thought, "How in the world did I do bigger parties than this before??" I have no memory whatsoever of what it's like to have that kind of energy. Maybe it will come back someday. :)

I hung up a couple of suits of armor by the present table and called it done. Easy peasy.

And once again, we just made our own cakes. Actually I should say, my mama made these for me. It was a very last minute thing, and they were just what I had in mind. Simple, and most importantly - delicious!

I love having these smaller parties with family because there is like, zero stress involved on my end. I make up a taco dip, we order pizzas, and bam - time to party. The hardest part is making sure the house is relatively clean, haha.

Our princes and princesses made crowns to wear....

And the girls enjoyed modeling them. Don't ask any of the boys for a picture. It's just not going to happen :)

Grandpa Greg brought his quadricycle over and gave everyone rides. You can think of it as our royal carriage, haha.

Soon it was pizza time!

I caught Reagan trying out his crown, but as soon as he saw me he crinkled his nose and threw it right off. Those darn boys! 

"I want to wear it, but I don't want you to see me wearing it." :)

I just love watching kids when people sing "Happy Birthday" to them. Reagan tried really hard not to smile, haha. I honestly think that he hates the attention. The older he gets, the more introverted his personality becomes. He typically hides behind his mom, and when he can't do that, he just tries really hard not to show any emotion on his face whatsoever. :)

But he does love blowing out candles!

My girls, on the other hand, love attention just fine. ;)

Then there was cake and ice cream and presents and all of that typical party stuff.

Evelyn loves giving gifts - usually ones that she has made herself - and she had decorated a headband and wrapped it up for her sister.

She was thrilled when everyone loved it and made a big deal about it. :)

She's a sweetie pie!

I think you all know what happened after this....

It was a great way to end the evening. :)

So, overall I think the party was a success and everyone had a good time. The kids LOVED their gifts and have been playing with them nonstop. Aunt Amy got the kiddos new scooters and they've been zooming around on those things to get everywhere they need to go. "Gracie, can you please get a diaper for me?" "Sure, let me get on my scootah!" For real. This is my life now. 

I'd be lying if I said I didn't take a trip around the kitchen a time or two myself on those things - pregnant and all. :) Okay, they are pretty fun!

The next birthday we'll have around here with be a real BIRTH day. Can't believe it! Thanks for checking out Reagan and Grace's special day!


Meagan said...

Sounds like the perfect party to me! I have done both types of parties for the boys....small family & going all out and the small family ones are my favorite! Just like you said, no stress & I feel like there is no one judging what I do or don't have at the party! I do have a strange question though, where do you order your pizzas from?! We're doing pizza this year too & I'm trying to figure out where the best place will be to get them from cost wise.

And where in the world did he get that bike from?! That's hilarious!!

Heather said...

I'm in birthday planning mode right now for a certain 1st birthday. Any tips would be great! This year I'm allowing myself to go all out and throw a big, over the top birthday/celebration of health party. She more than earned it. But after this, the smaller the better!

And can I just say, I'm a little jealous of the Elsa dress that Grace got.

Adrien said...

We order from Pizza Hut. There are always online deals! After doing it both ways I totally agree - smaller party is more fun (for the parents, at least!)

First birthdays are meant to be big!! At least that's what I think, haha. I figure I have one more of those to plan and then I am DONE. My tips for big crowds: Cupcakes are easier than cutting cake. Ice cream cups are easier than scooping ice cream. Hot dogs and chili can feed a lot of people for cheap! (Or you can totally cheat and order pizza like us, haha.) The Dollar Tree is your best friend. And Walmart has the best/cheapest selection of table cloths.

Heather said...

HA! Hot dogs and chili are totally my menu items already! Great minds...

Meagan said...

Heather, I just got a TON of stuff for the boys' parties from for super cheap...balloons, decorations & favors! They were way cheaper than Party City & was cheaper than Wal-Mart! I found a code for free shipping too which made it even better!

Heather said...

Thanks Meagan! I already have most of the decorations and food supplies...just want to make a few banners and stuff yet. Although I'm sure in the next 2 months I'll change my mind and find other things I need! Trying to get it all out of the way before the holidays start!


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