As I explained before, the theme was “Old MacDonald’s Farm” (not to be confused with “Animal Farm”, which could have strange literary connotations).
The Party Stats:
Guests: Gregory, Jesse, Kelly, Grandma and Grandpa, Nana and Poppa and Aunt Emily, Aunt Brooke and Cousin Rachel, Great Aunt Bridget and Great Uncle Larry, Cousin Philip, Aunt Tess, Heather and her daughter Adrianna (our new friends from church).
Food: BBQ chicken wings, Pigs in a Blanket, Deviled Eggs, Baked Beans, Chicken Feed (granola), Garden Veggies, Caramel Apples, Sweet Potato “Hay” (Fries), Corn on the Cob (G’s new fav food), Lemonade and Milk, and, of course, carrot cake!!! Everything was home-made, other than the beans and granola. Everything was as organic/cage free as possible on a tight budget 🙂
Gifts: A soft stuffed doggie and book, along with a generous college savings fund from Nana and Poppa, an ADORABLE “fox” kid’s tent and camping chair from Aunt Brooke and Cousin Rachel, a Tonka Truck from Heather and Adrianna, an activity/learning cube and some 12 month onesies from Grandma and Grandpa, and a “Whacky Ball” game from Tess (think, Whack-a-mole, but with more colors, and a long ramp in front of a mirror….kinda hard to explain).
Cost of decorations: Under $30
Cost of food: Under $70 (for 16 people, not bad?)
Once it got dark, we lit cool candles everywhere.
When it came time for the smash cake, G literally devoured/inhaled his in under a minute. It was IMPRESSIVE…we all sat in awe/horror, wondering if he was going to choke!
After cake, we went straight to presents. Let me tell you, I’ve never seen a kid who actually unwrapped/opened his presents, not for the paper, but for the present. G did just that– tossed aside the paper eagerly and grabbed for what was inside! TOTALLY MY KID!!!
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