Monday, June 18, 2012

Birthday Party Planning

Finding a birthday party theme that appeals to both a two year old and a four year old birthday boy is challenging.  One of the few shows that both boys love is Shaun the Sheep.  Planning a Shaun the Sheep birthday party is very difficult because there is no party supplies pre-made.  (And I even looked into trying to import stuff, the don't even seem to have it in the UK.)  To make my life a little easier, we decided to make it a Shaun the Sheep/Farm/John Deere party.  Where to go from there, I'm not entirely sure yet. 
So far, my only purchase has been farm animal plates in primary colors from Hobby Lobby.  (I'll have to take a picture, they're really cute!)  I didn't love the napkins, so I'll just pick up some in similar colors. 

 For the tables, I'd like to do either plastic gingham table cloths or do white plastic with fabric gingham runners (not sure if this is too big of a project for how much we have going on in the next three weeks.) 
I'd really like to do a fabric bunting "Happy Birthday" sign in primary colors (so that it'd be usable again.) 
I'd like to get some metal pails for silverware. 
I bought a double drink dispenser (similar to this one)last year for the boys' Cars party.  I think we'll use it for lemonade and ice tea.  Otherwise for food, I think we'll grill hot dogs and have a variety of sides. 

I'd like to get a farm themed cricut cartridge so I could cut out a bunch of animals, but I'm not sure it's worth the money.  I may just check if Archiver's has any die-cuts and just do some there. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


My weekend without kids went well.  My girlfriends and I rented a cabin in Clear Lake, IA  to celebrate our friends upcoming wedding.  The weather was beautiful the 2nd day, so we got in some beach time.  It was great to have the time to relax and catch up with my friends (but I missed the boys and Tim like crazy!) 
The boys spent the weekend celebrating my brother's birthday on Saturday and driving down to visit Tim's parents/celebrating our nephew Ben's birthday.  It was the first time Tim had packed for the boys overnight.  Although his packing was quite different than I would have done, they seemed to have everything they needed.  Tim did tell me at one point that he appreciated how good I am at anticipating what we might need.  (Example: he didn't think to grab a sippy cup, diaper & wipes, and stuff to keep the boys busy with when he went out to dinner.) 
When I came home Carter told me that next time I go on a vacation I need to bring him with too.  He claims not to have missed me, but would bite every fruit snack in half to share with me since I got back.  Gross and so sweet.