Ahhh birthday parties. They can be so stressful. How many kids do you invite? Who do you invite? Will you do a theme? How will you fill the time?
I have thought about Eli’s birthday party for a while now. My friend Rebekeh suggested we do a C is for Cookie party (she’d seen some cute ideas on some blog) and that’s what we did! Below is Eli, sporting his fabulous “C” t-shirt.
I went through a lot of grief about who to invite. I am in charge of our huge playgroup with lots of great little kids, but I knew Eli wouldn’t handle a party with a million kids very well. So we invited five of his friends that he gets along with really well or has had successful playdates with and I tried not to look back (though I stressed and stressed about other kids we didn’t invite). I thought about not posting stuff on my blog, but decided that was silly.
We started the morning off with the bubble machine, which was lots of fun.
But after a little bit, the kids were just having fun running around the yard, playing with balls and climbing on the playset. It was all pretty low key, which was nice! My family also came to the party, which was fun.
Ben is my hero. He drew this fabulous Cookie Monster poster so we could play “Pin the Cookie on C.” He did such a good job!! The kids didn’t really get into the blindfold part of the game, so we just spun them around really fast and it was still really fun.
Rebekeh gave Eli a mix CD with all kinds of fabulous kids songs (including the C is for Cookie song!), so we played it during the party. The kids had fun dancing around the patio area and Eli was very protective of his “C” stuffed animal.
As I mentioned earlier, we had lots and lots of cookies at this party. I made sugar cookies in the shapes of the number 2 and the first letter of each child’s name. I also did some circles since I figured those would be fast to frost and decorate – so each child decorated some cookies (and most ate them right away). Then it was time for the chocolate chip cookie cake (we were really trying to sugar them up :).
One of the funny moments with the cake was that Eli was showing C the cake and C leaned in a little too close, getting whip cream on himself. Eli wasn’t too happy about that, but we quickly cleaned C up and it was fine. Opening presents was lots of fun too!
Charlie slept through the first part of the party and was a little out of it after he woke up.
Eli was in a great mood for his party (which was a relief because he didn’t nap yesterday, so I was nervous about how he would be today).
We opened presents from my family inside after the party was over. Gram made Eli a whole ensemble of fleece duck things – a big blanket for Eli, a pillow, a stuffed duck, a mini blankie for the duck, etc. He of course loved the soft, stuffed duck and was sweet with it. My parents gave Eli a cute wooden train that has stacking blocks, a tugboat book and some bath toys (tugboats). Davey gave Eli a cute book too.
Eli really loves Davey. But every time we had him sit at the stairs to take a picture, he would pause for just a minute and then get up and run around the yard laughing.
Sweet boy. It was a fun (but exhausting) day!