Friday, October 31, 2014

The Evolution of a Birthday Party

August 2014 
Natalie's 1st - 5th Birthday Parties 

As a mother one of our duties, or some might say challenges, is to throw a "great" party on your child's birthday. I knew being the mother of a daughter would be even more of a challenge in the birthday party department and this year proved just that. Natalie's 1st birthday party was very elaborate and detailed for a 1st birthday party but it was mainly for family. Between the 1st and 5th parties we had several family and friends present for these parties but the overall presentation, attendance and overall effort put into each one has exponentially grown.

Natalie's 1st Birthday Party
This was held at Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee and was a "1st Princess" themed party. We served numerous small desserts, all of which were homemade. In fact my sister, Auntie Allie, took time off of work to come and help me bake all of these delectable treats. There was not any real entertainment as the only other children at the party were all under the age of 2. All of the guests were either family or friends of mine or Chris'.

The treats and goodies available at her 1st Birthday Party! 

Princess Natalie chowing down on her "smash" cake!

The decorations for Princess Natalie!

A priceless picture of a fun Grandpa!

Happy 1st Birthday Natalie Grace! 

Natalie's 2nd Birthday Party
This was held at Incredible Pizza Company in Conroe, TX and was just for family. My sister, Auntie Allie and Gigi Shirley and Poppy came into town as well as Gigi Jackie and Grandpa and even Aunt D'Ann, Chris' sister drove in from Dallas. This was barely even a party as all we did was eat at the pizza buffet and then go and play in the arcade. We celebrated with cake and presents back at Gigi Jackie and Grandpa's house.

Our ladybug themed Birthday party decorations at Incredible Pizza! 

Birthday cake and treats at Gigi and Grandpa's house!

Playing skeetball in the arcade! 

Riding go-karts with Aunt D'! "Again, again" she said! 

Natalie's 3rd Birthday Party
This was held at The Woodlands Mall in The Woodlands. We invited friends from Natalie's Sunday School class whose parents were in our Sunday School class plus my parents, Chris's parents and Auntie Allie. However, we did have a very special guest in attendance... Luke! This was minimal in the decorating and cleaning up department as all we had to do was reserve the table in the food court. We fed the guests Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets, Capri Sun and cupcakes. It was a "Minnie Mouse" themed party.

Natalie and her guests, all of which were BOYS! 

The guest of honor at this party... BABY Luke!

The decorating we did for this party... very minimal!

Natalie and Mommy at her 3rd Birthday Party! 

Minnie Mouse cupcakes... yummy!

Natalie's 4th Birthday Party 
We had the motto of "if it ain't broke... don't fix it" and we had this party back at The Woodlands Mall Food Court. We basically did the exact same thing as her 3rd party but the theme was "Princess Sofia" and we had several more guests in attendance, several from ours and her Sunday School classes, but we also had a few friends from Natalie's day-school there as well.

Natalie and Lauren riding the carousel! 

Natalie loves her some Cookie Cake! 

Natalie and her friends! And the extent of our decorating!

More of her friend by the carousel! 

Natalie and her BEST friend! 

By far the best picture of the party! 

Natalie's 5th Birthday Party 
We bit off a little bit more than we could chew. We decided that we should try to break up the monotony and have this party somewhere other than the mall. We opted to have this at our house since many of the people coming are friends of our and they have never been to our house (despite living here for nearly 3 years and have a rather "entertaining/ inviting" home). This was a "FROZEN" themed party and the decorating, set-up and cleaning up was much more than I ever imagined. This party was held the weekend before school started and it made for a very stressful weekend. My parents came into town early on Friday to help me clean and set-up for the party and we were still awake and baking/ decorating until the wee hours of the morning.

This party was so cool even Elsa and Anna made an appearance!

The favor table!

Another activity table!

These letters and banners were about to be the death of me! 

I'm so glad my tall mom was here to help me!

"Do you want to build a snowman" table! 

The handmade cupcake toppers! 

"We finish each other's sandwiches"

Sven's snacks

Snowmen... These were just powered donuts but for whatever reason they were really bad! 

Shame on you Little Debbie!

Olaf's Noses

Anna's FROZEN hearts

"I want to stuff some chocolate in my face"

Olaf's Arms

The whole spread... It was a lot of work but turned out GREAT!

All of the kids enjoy their snacks!

Time to play "Do you want to build a snowman?"

Natalie getting built by Aubrey and Gigi Shirley

All of our snowmen! This was a HUGE hit and a LOT of fun!

Natalie's very 1st BARBIE! She was ecstatic!

This party went off without a hitch but it is amazing how much more detailed and fancy this party was compared to the previous 4 parties! I am afraid it will only get worse as the years go by! I think we have decided through this party that we will opt for a different weekend though. This was a great weekend spent with family and friends but the amount of time and stress it took on us the week before school starts definitely took it's toll on us.

I love my Natalie Grace and I cannot wait to see what the next 5 parties look like! I love you Nattie!

God is good... All the time!

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