The house is all brimming with Holiday Decorations and there are no current home or craft projects on the horizon so I figured I would jump on the Throwback Thursday bandwagon by sharing some old party pictures. We do not throw a party for the kids every year. Well they get a Birthday party every year until about seven, then one year they get a party and the next they get a trip. This continues until they say no more parties which with my son was a lot earlier then I expected.
Their first few parties are all on old school printed pictures and even when we switched to digital I did not take a lot of pictures of the earlier parties. It is only now with the ease of digital photography can you take 100 pictures of one moment 🙂
My sons birthday is in February so all the warm weather party places are out and there are only so many Chuck E Cheese type parties you can have, so we began having home parties.
When he turned six we did a Chinese New Year Party to embrace his new love of all things Dragon.
The food for this party was simple. We bought Chinese Take out that I served in large tailgating style chafing dishes, the kind you get from Party city that are frames with Sterno and you use aluminum pans to hold the food. Easiest clean up ever! Not very picture worthy though LOL!
Chinese New Year 2005
Every party needs a little excitement so we thought fireworks were a good idea to celebrate the New Year.
The kids then relaxed in front of Mulan 2 on the TV and the Film screen and just watched a movie. Probably the last easy going party we had until recently when I decided bigger isn’t always better.
Medieval Times Princess 3rd Birthday 2005
For my now oldest daughter’s 3rd Birthday she wanted to be a princess. I wanted her to be able to celebrate with her grandparents so we traveled which meant not a lot of party items could go with us. I took one baking pan, one cake mix and her party dress. We had cake and ice cream at the house with family and close friends and then went to Medieval Times.
The cake was simple enough I used Williams-Sonomas’ bundt mix in Vanilla Bean (one of my all time favorite box cake mixes) and their Castle cake pan. I am a huge fan of their selection of Nordic Ware pans, but you can find Nordic Ware just about anywhere,Target, Wal-mart, Macy’s and Home goods just to name a few. I embellished the cake with her favorite ice cream flavor and some powdered sugar, easy peasy.
As the years have gone on the parties have become more elaborate. Although I do find joy in throwing a great party- looking at these pictures has shown me that even with these smaller parties, it is the people we celebrate with that make the party special not the fanciful decorations and beautiful food displays. A great party is a smile on the face of someone you love.