My sweet girl's birthday party sort of exploded. I had a good idea most of our close friends would be coming, but what I didn't expect was all of my family that I invited to come. Remember I'm an only child, but have a ton of aunts, uncles, and cousins and almost all of them showed up, which rarely happens at family functions. I try to manage the flow of traffic in my house and since my yard is small the party flowed from the front yard to my side yard to my backyard and I had different stations setup to help manage the traffic.
Vintage quilts were provided for those who wanted to have a real picnic (they ended up being used to keep little babies warm once the sun went down).
I made these little pouches to hold flatware and napkins.
The play station
A place to eat
The drink station. I like to use potted plants more than cut flowers, especially for an outdoor party. They are cheaper and I like that they can stick around for a while. Also, I bought those galvanized drink holders under the table for $20 from Home Depot. They are way bigger than what you can get at Pottery Barn and way cheaper!
I taped up large strips of paper to my garage for kids to color on.
The food station
The best orzo pasta salad ( my friend Ashley will be sharing the recipe on her blog soon!)
A few of my family members
I took about 50 shots of this and as you can imagine they are all very funny. I wish I knew how to animate my pictures because that would be pretty cute!
As promised, the kids got homemade ice cream sandwiches for participating in the chalkboard picture. I'm not a huge cake fan, so I made chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches. They were a little messy but I was able to make them a few days ahead and I didn't have to fuss with slicing cake and dishing up ice cream. I like to enjoy myself at parties so I try to plan the food accordingly.
Moms did flips in the jumpy!
Moms took their picture with chalkboard signs!
This is a party on wheels right here!
My girl got some amazing, personal gifts.
A good time was had by all!