This year, Harrison’s birthday came on with a quiet vengeance, aka pneumonia & hand,foot,mouth. I had his party planned for October 13th but due to his fever breaking just 24 hours before, I rescheduled.
On the weekend where a hurricane came up the east coast. I have an incredible knack for timing.
But I decided it wouldn’t stop me & for the first time, I hosted a toddler birthday party inside our home, rather than our backyard. (or front yard, as I had planned for this year since our backyard is in a current state of muck.) The good news is that the guest list was small & three-year-old’s are basically a glorified play date with cake. Harry specifically asked for a “dump-truck-turn-around-truck” party, aka a party filled with dump trucks & excavators. It seemed fitting, considering our house is a hot mess with paint swatches on the walls & new light fixtures still in boxes & boxes full of china still lining the dining room floors.
$1.00 package of dowels from the craft store
2 sheets of card stock scrapbook paper
hot glue & a Sharpie
Cupcake liners & decorations: Meri Meri Big Rig
Bojangles breakfast biscuits (bricks & stone)
Hummus & pita chips (drywall & spackle)
Chocolate pudding with crumbled Oreo & gummy worms (landscaping)
Yogurt-covered raisins (loose gravel)
Cheese balls (wrecking balls)
Homemade cupcakes with cream cheese icing
Izzes fruit drinks
Horizon chocolate milk
As I said, glorified play date. But I did have an activity for the tots, where they painted wooden construction vehicles from the dollar section of the craft store. Each wooden vehicle was $1.00 & I snagged four paints to choose from at $0.69 per paint, plus $0.49 sponge brushes. The entire activity was less than $10.
Home Depot sent Harry those mini-aprons, just like their folks wear, after I tweeted asking where I could purchase them off their website. They said that they weren’t for sale, but they would be happy to send all party-goers aprons. Thank you, Home Depot!
2 mini PlayDohs
1 construction Matchbox car
Home Depot apron
I heard rumor that all party attendees (other than the birthday boy) took a solid nap. That’s a successful party, my friends.
I think 3 is going to be a good year for our boy. Thanks to all our friends & family that helped him welcome it!