Sunday, March 30, 2014

Reed {Finally} Turns Five

Reed was adamant that he did not turn five on Monday, March 10…but rather, he would officially be five on the day of his party.  Imagine all of our disappointment when his party had to be postponed by a week when he came down with a fever of 103.5*.  
Thankfully, Reed recovered, the 22nd of March arrived, we partied hard, and our little guy is now,officially, five years old.  Thank goodness.
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Reed had decided many weeks ago that he wanted a Mickey Mouse birthday party.  I was a little surprised by his choice, as his TV preference has not been the Disney channel, nevermind Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  {But perhaps I shouldn’t have been so surprised as he had asked for, and received, a couple of Mickey Mouse play sets for Christmas, and then again asked for a few more Mickey toys for his birthday.}
In true Lesley fashion, I took to the internets to find a bit of inspiration for Reed’s party.  {Although, let me say that, like Drew’s party, I toned things back from what I usually do.  A little less time and a lot less energy but still wanting to make things special, I looked for ideas that were fun and simple.}  Reed had a Mickey party when he turned three, and while it would have been easy to just dig out the paper supplies from that party — what fun is that?!?!  I decided this time to go with the more colorful theme that Mickey’s Clubhouse boasts, instead of the traditional red, yellow and black color scheme of his previous party.  After gathering ideas online, this was how his party came together…
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The homemade banner that I like to do each year.  These colors were so much fun!
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As for the rest of the limited party decor, I really liked this Mickey themed party and took inspiration from there.  The colorful circles and #5 confetti added a fun touch to the table, and were super easy to cut on my Cricut.
I had to do a little persuading when it came to the cake.  Reed would’ve liked something likethis but I told him I just couldn’t do that (which is true) and instead told him I would like to make a cake shaped like Mickey’s head.  Reed was on-board, but I think he had greater expectations than what I delivered. ;)  But chocolate cake with white frosting was his pick, and the colored sprinkles coordinated nicely - of course!
And just for fun, I added some cupcakes to the menu as well, and dressed them up in rainbow colors, just like here
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The rest of the snack bar wasn’t all necessarily Mickey themed, but good nonetheless!  (As cute as the PB&J Mickey shaped sandwiches are, they were not a favorite by the kids.  Ah well; ya win some, ya lose some.}  We had cocktail hot dogs in BBQ sauce (hot diggity dogs), fruit kabobs, pretzels, both plain and almond covered with colored sprinkles, carrots, popcorn and a most delicious pineapple punch recipe from here.  
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As always, I try to incorporate our theme into the guest goodie bags.  The bags themselves aresimilar to the ones I made for Reed’s three-year-old party, but coordinating with this year’s color scheme.  {I’m a nerd, I know.}
Inside, I included both Mickey themed and rainbow themed items: notepad and crayons, stickers, a lollipop and skittles.  Always a fun challenge to put these together.
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I’ve shared before, on many occasions, my love for this new place that we live.  We’ve been here now a year and a half, and it just gets better and better!  There are a lot of reasons as to why, but this…this right here…
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…tops the list.  The community of people we have been blessed to become a part of is just incredible.  Being so far from family, our friends become family, and what a joy it is to be surrounded by them when we have something big to celebrate!
The rest of the party included games {pin the ears on Mickey, beanbag toss with a Mickey shaped cut-out board, and find the hidden Mickeys} and gifts and cake — 
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— and it was all just really, really awesome.
{Oh!  His shirt!  A last minute and incredibly awesome party-coordinating find on Amazon.  I love it when that happens.}
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While Reed did have to wait a bit for his party (and to “officially” turn five) we did celebrate, just us, on his actual birthday.  The 10th was a Monday, so it was a typical day in many ways (school for the boys, work for Brad, chores and errands for Ruby and me), but we got some celebration in before school and after Brad got home from work.
We got ready for school at record-breaking speed so that Reed would have time to open his gifts before we left the house.  Reed has always had the most genuinely excited/surprised facial expressions when opening gifts.  His spirit of joy is just so fresh and real.  We have a bucket of gifts in our storage room - gifts that I’ve purchased on clearance/super cheap to give to friends when the boys are invited to parties.  For a few months, there has been a Littlest Pet Shop set that Reed has just been beggggginnnnnggg for.  I told him no over and over and over again as those gifts were not intended for him — at least not yet. ;)  
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My camera settings were off so my pictures are pretty poor, but you can still see his laughter as he opens the Pet Shop and sees what it is!  He was so thrilled and so so funny about it!
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We also gave him some Mickey Mouse toys and a box full of art supplies (apparently I got pictures of him opening the boxes but no pictures of the actual gifts he received…nice).
Reed had us convinced all day that we’d be going to McDonald’s for his choice birthday dinner that night, but as he is the King of Changing His Mind, decided upon Culver’s as we loaded up into the van.  That’s my boy. 
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And he made the wise decision, either because his tummy was full or because he likes to drag out the celebrating just a little bit longer, he opted to wait for cake until the next day.
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There he is.  Five already.  
Five.
What a great number.

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