Granddad lighting the birthday candles
The dessert for the party was made with funfetti cake mixes. Blue frosting as the ocean, gum cut out into surfboards, and lifesaver candy - made for a fun beach themed cupcake. You could also add swedish fish (a cute idea a friend mentioned to me after they were already made!)
Tiny beach bag party craft.
We had several outside games and a quick tiny-tote beach bag craft. Using stencils and spray paint, I helped the the girl's friends make totes like the one above. The spray paint is a bit tricky though, practice first!
Beach Party favors.
In the end, everyone went home with some party favors and all the kids seemed to have a good time. A special thanks to Kirsten for sticking around and being such a great help! I really need to have these parties away from home. I have a hard time fronting that much money for a party away from home - is just me on this? But, there is no clean-up!
Craig's birthday cherry pie (1 candle per 10 years)
Blowing out candles on Craig's 40th birthday.
Decorated for family party.
Next-up was the girl's family birthday on their actual birthday. We had my parents and my MIL - together-under the same roof for an entire week. I will say, it went better than I thought. I can never round my parents up to take photos with them, sad really. But, the girls had a fun party and both received the cheapest Ipod's we could find.
I decided to make their cake this year and had a lot of fun decorating it! It was just a box cake-do I make anything else!? The girls each got their own scriptures and covers for church. It's my parents tradition to buy them scriptures with their name on it and my MIL found the covers. They also received the cheapest Ipod's we could find as their gift from us!
This photo was taken the same year I started this blog on the girl's fifth birthday! It is one of my favorite photos - ever!