C-man is Turning Three!

My big guy is turning three in a month which means birthday party arrangements are underway.  He is a true Labor Day baby.  I get teased because I was actually in labor on Labor Day :)   So now, for the third year in a row, it’s become a tradition that we throw C’s birthday party in our backyard over the holiday weekend.  We have a pool and a small basketball court, so as long as the weather cooperates, it’s the perfect outdoor party setting.

The first year we kept it very simple… He was one; he didn’t know any better.  Last year we added one of those big inflatable water slides, which was a huge hit.  This year we’ve decided to do some sort of blow up thing again and instead of a cake, we hired the ice cream man to come by with the ice cream truck and give the kids ice cream and popsicles.

I try to do a lot of things myself to keep costs down, and also because I enjoy doing it.  I have a bit of a crafty side, so I like making the favors and decorations, I’ll even do some of the cooking.  Last year I personalized pencil boxes with the kids names using paint pens and then filled them with stickers, crayons and some candy.  The dollar store is a great place to get filler supplies.  As for decorations, I keep it simple with balloons (also from the dollar store), and bright colored tablecloths.  It’s a lot of work, but totally worth it when I see how much fun my son is having with all of his friends.  His face lit up last year when he woke up from his nap and walked outside to see all the decorations; priceless!

Party 1

C’s 2nd birthday party.
The sign pointing everyone to the backyard.

Party 2

C’s 2nd birthday party.
The balloons and dollar store beach ball decorations in and around the pool.

Party 3

C’s 2nd birthday party.
The personalized pencil boxes I made as favors.

Party 4

C’s 2nd birthday party.
I always get cookies and cake from Costco; they are the best and you cannot beat $17 for a sheet cake! I made beach theme puddings also; an idea I found on Pinterest.

My son has asked for a superhero themed party this year, so I will let you know how it goes and what I come up with.  So far, I’ve found this woman on Etsy who sells these adorable superhero party decorations in pdf form that I can print out myself… I will let you know how that works out.  If you have any other ideas or suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

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