Birthday Party Palooza

This weekend we hosted Elliot and Audrey’s birthday party at a near-by park. A bakery made the cake, Extreme Pizza delivered dinner – I had to work hard ya’ll.

This year we made two monumental changes to the birthday party tradition: no gifts and a joint party.

At first Elliot balked. He knows the story on birthday parties. What was I doing messing with decades of tradition? But he took it in stride. Saturday morning he and I were talking about the party and how much fun it would be, even though we weren’t having presents. He said, “it’ll be fun just to get together – to play with my friends.” Clearly all this parenting IS paying off.

We had a LEGO themed party because it is easy (see earlier statement about all my hard work). We had primary colored balloons, primary colored paper products and this beauty, it was marble with chocolate creme filling:

We’ll be eating cake for the next month because I didn’t take into account the cupcakes on top of the cake that would also be eaten. Today we have three squares left without the nubs. There was ice cream but it didn’t fare so well in the cooler.

Elliot says his favorite parts of the party, listed in order of importance

  1. cake
  2. soda
  3. playing with his friends
  4. pizza

Overall, we think the party was a smashing succes. There were 16 adults, 15 children and 1 dog. We managed the entire evening without a melt-down, a trip to the ER or running out of beer. I’m not sure you can ask for more than that.

11 smart people left their mark:

  1. Tiffany, 8. September 2008, 8:06

    NO GIFTS!!??? Hmm….I don’t think that’s a policy I can approve of. What are they going to do with out all the Barbie dolls and matchbox cars to destroy?

    Tiffanys last blog post..Irrational

  2. Kelly O, 8. September 2008, 9:40

    That sounds AWESOME!! How far apart are your kids’ birthdays? Mine were born around Thanksgiving and between Xmas and NYE, so I fear they’ll never get a decent party, anyway. I’ve been toying with the idea of having yearly joint parties for them in the middle of their birthdays. How did it go over with your little ones? I always celebrated with my sister and loved it, but we’re twins so I’m not sure if my perspective is hopelessly skewed.

    Kelly Os last blog post..Dog tired from a run around the lake

  3. Lynn, 8. September 2008, 13:17

    Love the “No Gifts”! I did not follow that rule for you though (mostly because I bought clothes and HOPE they will be handed down to me on the boy side). It’s alright… i’m the out-of-state friend that doesn’t know any better.

    I was thinking for Ethan’s 1st birthday to tell everyone that gifts are provided at the front door (recycled from my SIX storage bins). All they have to do is grab a bag and bring it in. BYOC. Bring Your Own Card for the scrapbook.

    Lynns last blog post..

  4. Pamela, 8. September 2008, 21:17

    That is the coolest cake I have ever seen. And so easy to make at home, should anyone find themselves so inclined. Sounds like a super fun day.

    Pamelas last blog post..thanks, the effbook team

  5. Halimah, 9. September 2008, 5:14

    I wish cake were in a good food group. Along with donuts and swedish fish. That would be utopia.

    Well done pulling off the party!

    Halimahs last blog post..Morning photo from CNN

  6. Honey Mommy, 9. September 2008, 11:15

    Fun party! The cake looks great!

    I wanted to name my youngest boy Elliot, but my husband vetoed it (that’s why I call him Eli on my blog!). It’s a great name!

    Honey Mommys last blog post..Spill Proof Sippy Cups and other Fairy Tales

  7. Pamela, 9. September 2008, 13:28

    Oh, dear sweet Halimah. Cake is a food group. It has butter, dairy, protein, butter, grains, butter, sugar, eggs (more dairy). Go ahead. Eat you some cakesies. And remember: chocolate brings with it the added boost of antioxidants. You know, for health and stuff.

    Pamelas last blog post..thanks, the effbook team

  8. Abbey, 9. September 2008, 20:45

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Audrey & Elliot!!! Whoo-Hoo!!!!

    I just can’t get enough of those sweet faces! They are so cute!

    Good Job on making them so darn adorable!!

    Abbeys last blog post..Sept. 5th, 2008, 7:45am

  9. Grandy, 9. September 2008, 23:31

    Happy belated birthdays to the cutie patooties.

    Hope you recovered from all your hard work. :)

    Grandys last blog post..Bald Men with Back Hair

  10. Tracie, 10. September 2008, 8:52

    Hmmm…I never got the invitation! I love kids birthday parties and all of the energy and excitement that is around. I LOVE the cake and since we live close by you will have to email me and tell me where you got it! And the no presents is a great idea. I mean really, how many toys can one kiddo have! Happy birthday!

    Tracies last blog post..Gift basket

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