Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Birthday Party Pinterest Style

This weekend we celebrated my son's first birthday (Friday) and my husband's 30th birthday (Sunday) with a party on Saturday! It was a superhero party that was planned after hours of time perusing Pinterest for ideas. And because I am covering life with you here, I will share pictures and ideas stolen borrowed from Pinterest. In a world full of Pinterest-fails (I've had plenty myself) I count these as Pinterest wins:

Number 1: The Invitation 
I found a lovely "pin" that had these figures and city background as free clipart so I tweaked them using Powerpoint and added my words and the picture of Bug from Halloween and saved it as a jpg and bmp. (because honestly I don't know which is better) And then we printed them on cardstock and mailed them out. We are all about cheap and easy at my house!

Number 2: The Cake
I found MANY superhero cake "pins" but none had my husband's favorite four superheroes all together (Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, and Nightwing) then I used paint to create an idea of the cake:
Then I sent the picture to one of our favorite cake makers, Cakes by Hannah and asked 1- if she could do this cake and 2- can she do it with real icing because we like the taste better... her reply was yes and yes except for black icing, which is understandable (and honestly, I thought the fondant tasted good too). And this is the final result:
How cool is this cake?! We were so pleased (and quite excited) about this cake.  Yes, it was one of the most costly things (though still MUCH more reasonable than other places) and it was well worth it plus it was so delicious!

Number 3: Decorations
They were very simple...let me tell you, in my opinion balloons are really all you need because they scream Birthday!  My mom already had the disposable white tablecloths so we added a balloon to each salt and pepper shaker and there you go- instant party!

We also added a city backdrop for fun superhero pictures. And though I saw many homemade ones on Pinterest I didn't think I would have that much time on my hands or skills so I found this one on Amazon for $11(at that time).  I will say I was a bit disappointed though, because I thought it was going to be much taller (Note-always read ALL the product descriptions and reviews) but my resourceful husband saved the day (see what I did there- superhero... saved the day...hehe) by helping me double it to make it taller. And it was so long, we also had enough to cover the gift table!

Just call us the Bat family.

Another find from Pinterest was collages in the shape of the age:



If you can't tell my favorite sites to explore are Pinterest and Amazon.  Thanks Pinterest for the ideas and thanks Amazon for the items (balloons, party favor items, batman socks with cape, backdrop)!


I think overall the party was a wonderful success! Even though Bug had no idea it was his birthday party, I think he had a good time eating, swinging and socializing and I especially think his Daddy did.  And as a special treat Batman showed up at the party- so if it wasn't a great party already that sealed the deal! (Thanks Batman and Batman's mom for hooking it up!)  ;-)

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I had SO MUCH HELP in putting this party together.  Our parents and sisters were there all day cooking and setting up. And we had many people bring food and gifts- all of which we are so grateful for! I was reminded again just how blessed we are to have such wonderful parents, family, and friends. I truly hope people feel the love I have for them as much as I feel the love they have for us.

Please feel free to borrow any of these ideas for your parties...especially since most weren't original in the first place!  And please forgive this diversion from usual posts, but this is our life- covered in blessings and love and we thank God for it!

Love in Christ,

Alyson

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