For now just photos...
And they're off!
Coming back in for a pit stop
Racers start your engins!
The big trucks came out
Bouncing balls and a whole lot of chocolate (B purchased the candy)
Wish good wishes my sweet T!
No photos of the sprinkler fun, but there was hide and seek and sprinkler fun after cake. :-)
Setting the scene for T's fifth birthday party.
I finished the cars Saturday morning...
I used this for a design/pattern and made my own template after the first try. We used beer case boxes which were a great size! See the striping on the orange car? Cause of that I taped the windsheilds of all cars after.
In the back to spray paint, the blue bag contains spray paint, the cardboard with holes are for spraying on the whites of the eys.
Eyes left and eyes right
We have personality! Ten cars, two of each color, two that are Lightening McQueen. I didn't make any of the others to character and T helped me pick the numbers. He did some of the painting as well - filling in smiles, adding tail lights, and the like. We used tempra over spray paint which wasn't super secure. We had planned on hot glueing black paper-plate tired, but we ran out of time. They weren't missed by anyone but T.
Isn't that bunting awesome? Easy scene setter - super easy since it was given to me by a mom in an online moms group I'm part of . She did a Cars/Lightening McQueen party last year for her three year old and she gave it to me!
Funny what gets into a child's head about what makes a party... A LM balloon was an important part to T, and it had to be on the mailbox... until he and B decided it was much better on a real sports car (we blocked the driveway with our cars.)
The food, minus a bunch of veggie corn dogs that are T's new absolute favorite. I made a huge bowl (and waaaaay too much) 'Caprese salad' pasta salad with salami, we had orange and red plates, napkins, and flatware, red grapes and strawberries, the cake, watermellon, banana muffins, and wholegrain Goldfish (not touched and an after thought.)
The goodie bags I made (see here) and a potential activity that we did not do.
Getting started... we had coloring, and for later 'frog tongues' to blow.
This part was a whole lot more fun than I anticipated. The cake was awesome to carve and did taste good, though I don't think many beyond me actually tasted it. I used about a 1/4 ounce of red food coloring to achieve this lovely electric red. In the background you can see the little car I used in part to help, as well as the stack of wheels ready to go.
Crumb Troubles - the butter-cream started to separate when I went to re-whip it, and then it melted onto the cake - it was just a little warm and humid... Makes for a more moist cake I decided. Plus, butter and sugar, not a bad taste.
More troubles here - that humidity kept the fondant glistening (oily) and it stretched, ripped, and wrinkled. Next time I'll try this marshmallow fondant a friend uses.
We're getting ready for T's Fifth Birthday!
(Coincidentally one child in his class has Fifth's disease, also known as Slapped Cheek illness - fingers crossed he hasn't caught this parvovirus with a 7 - 20 day incubation!)
I've been gathering ideas here, and supplies for his party for a while now. I've purchased things at Target, Hancock Fabrics, Party City, Michael's, and Walmart, and B has picked up some supplies at Home Depot and the liquor store (not what you think.) I also was extreamly lucky in that a mom on a Mama's Yahoo group I am a part of saw a comment I made to a birthday party post. She did a Cars party last year (linked on Pintrest) and gave me her bunting!
Anyway, we're fast running out of time, but slowly things are coming together...
For stuffing with take home goodies. I made these last weekend - ten of them, but at that point not knowing if I'd really need twelve.
Some of what we have... along with Cars lenticular puzzles ($1 from Target), Cars fruit snacks (box of individual packs for $3?), and Cars stickers ($.20 packages of 8 that opened; see below). Until we found these on sale at Big Lots ($3) the goody bags weren't going to have them. Cars pencils and note pads from Target ($1 for 4 mechanical pencils, and $1 packs of 2 pads) ) would have stood in. It was T's original desire that everyone get a car however, and it was that desire that convinced him to have a smaller party (I said it was too expensive (at $4 - 5/car) to have guests get a car unless there were only five or six friends. He was cool with that but then we decided he couldn't pick and choose from the kids at school, so decided to invite all the boys from the '10-'11 Pre-K class, then we added neighbors... now we have eight boys and one sister - well two sisters, but the second is only 15 weeks.)
Organizing for stuffing (The poor plant in the back did get water.)
T is having a party at school too! We purchased two boxes of Funfetti cake mix, one can Funfetti frosting, and Cars cupcake liners (Party City) - they make the cupcakes as an activity. T was upset when I told him we weren't doing goody bags for school, so I relented when I found some stuff at Target. I got Cars paper lunch bags ($1 for 15), and mechanical pencils ($1 for 4), and opened up the packs of stickers I'd purchased for the home party at Party City ($.20 each and there were 8 stickers in each pack. I'd gotten 12 packs so had enough for three stickers each for school, two stickers each for the home party, and leftovers for T.) Then we also signed up for snack after they swim at the pool (Friday activity in the summer) and each kid will get a bag of wholegrain goldfish with four Cars cinnamon graham cookies. Sweet.
He is one lucky boy, huh?
For the last two weeks I have been trying to figure out what I wanted to do on my birthday. Meet friends at a bar or restaurant, have a nice dinner with a few friends at home, go to dinner with a few friends while T has a baby sitter, go away, do nothing, have people over... I just couldn't figure it out and couldn't make a decision. This is what I did instead:
Slept in until 8am (sort of) :-)
'Found' a gift certificate for a message at a local spa :-)
Went to group cycling at the Y and survived the class :-)
Returned home to find T and B had brought me a cheese and artichoke heart souffle and strawberry scone from the bakery :-)
Played in the yard with T :-)
Baked the four layers of Raspberry cake :-)
Made hummus for T's lunch that he didn't eat
Talked with a few freinds :-)
Went to the Spa for my 60 minute message and a 30 minute facial :-)
Played in the sandbox with T :-)
Talked with some family :-)
Ordered out pizza :-)
Made the Raspberry frosting (and forgot to add the cream cheese - doh!) and frosted the cake
Ate pizza outside, had 'movie night' and cake, and read to T :-)
Took at 'rejuvinating' aloe and sea salts bath :-) (Really need a bigger/deeper tub!)
Read before bed and lights out at a decent time :-)