Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Henry's Beach Birthday Party

Like the 4th, Henry's birthday snuck up on me this year, too. We were so busy with the end of school and vacation, that we ran out of time quickly. I called all around the area last minute, searching for a bounce house with a slide (the kids stay more entertained with those rather than just a plain bounce house), and after many attempts, I finally found one that had a tropical theme. Rather than let it be the "what's with the palm trees?" last minute decision it was, I chose a beach theme for the party and ran with it!

Backyard Hawaiian Beach Party!

Henry's birthday landed on a Saturday for the first time since he was born, and though it was a little crazy, we decided to take advantage of his weekend birthday and split his celebrations into two parties. One for friends, and one for family.

They were both in our backyard, with the same decorations, and basically the same snacks, but splitting them up by a couple hours allowed us to be present with each group of people, and cater to the younger crowd's food preferences during his friend party.

The bounce house was the main event, and despite a few rounds with rain, the kids had SO much fun with it! They dropped it off on Friday afternoon and didn't pick it up until Monday morning, so we definitely got our money's worth!








The decor was really simple - mostly just dollar store stuff! They had a whole beach/Hawaiian theme section and the boys and I went crazy. We got leis, things to hang on the walls outside, little inflatable animals, tablecloths, and other little random things. We also put tiki torches out around the fire pit, and put a Hawaiian Pandora station on the radio. The rest of the theme was in the food.






I made dolphins out of bananas, which were in blueberry "water" and each one had a Swedish fish in its mouth. I also made little ocean snack cups out of blue jello, whipped cream, and more Swedish fish. There were "beachballs" which were actually just little cups of Trix, and then some other food that wasn't really themed - melon, chips and dip, pretzels, juice and water. I also made a taco dip for the family party in the evening, and we had s'more ingredients that we used around an evening fire.






Henry's cake was really simple - I used gluten free chocolate cake mix, and the blue Funfetti that comes with little fish sprinkles (totally perfect). There were cupcakes at his friend party, and a bigger cake at his family party in the afternoon. I decorated both with more Swedish fish, and put a big umbrella in his bigger cake.

At his friend party, the kids broke open a pineapple shaped pinata - those are always a big hit!




The whole day was a lot of fun - lots of bounce house jumping, running around the yard, snacking on fun little snacks, and playing with friends.


By the way....we always let the kids pick whatever they want for their Birthday meals. This is what Henry picked for his breakfast...


Yep. Lucky Charms and sausage. Sooooo Henry!


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