Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Birthday Hoedown!

Maxwell and Ella are three! We had the best day celebrating in our backyard with friends and family. They had requested a Toy Story 2 party...so it was cowboy all the way. I had so much fun getting ready for it. Although, it became a love/hate relationship with Pinterest because I could NOT STOP looking up ideas and I had to remind myself over and over 'it's about the kids, it's about the kids.'


- The kids decorating cupcakes with my Mom
- Their faces when the bounce house came
- MY face when our neighbor brought over and old door for me to decorate and hang cowboy hats from
- Mike's yummy BBQ
- Ella's meltdown before/during 'Happy Birthday' and blowing out candles
- Watching them open their Jesse and Woody dolls from Gma J
- Maxwell walking around to his friends thanking them and giving hugs after gifts
- My kids keeping up with their friends and cousins until far past dark

I took way too many pictures and this is only some of them. You can see the rest here. I wish I had less photos of decorations and more good ones of my little cowpokes.

I am so sad Picnik is closing. I finally figured out how to do all sorts of fun things with it. Like...making Wanted posters of my kids and all the little buckaroos.

Did you know that you can blow up prints at Staples for $2.99?! I made these posters from pictures of their Jesse/Woody Halloween costumes.

I made the cupcake toppers in picnik too, then inserted them into a word document and printed out on card stock at Staples. My Mom made the yummy cupcakes and Grandma Judie made Ms. Ella special cookies of Jesse's hat.

You know that picture on Pinterest with the lemonade? We did ice tea.

This was the best we got as far as a family photo. Michael's coming home next weekend to celebrate so maybe we can get a better one with the four kids.

This was right before Ella's meltdown. He is really annoyed I interrupted him from the puzzle in his hand.

Sweet girl takes a break from crying to blow out her candle.

She opened her talking Jesse doll from Grandma. Look how happy Max is for her :)

The morning after. All smiles in their new play house.

It was a really special day. Thanks to everyone who shared western props with me (BETTY). And to my Mom and mother in law for helping me cook/bake. AND to our friends who helped before and during the party.


Chicago Mom (Heather) said...

I'm floored by your decorations!! You did such a great job!! That door with the cowboy hats and wanted signs looks like something from a part planning site.

Please tell me that iced tea was spiked? heh heh. Where did you get the mason jars?

I love that photo of Max smiling at Ella getting her doll. :-)

Isn't Pinterest great? I'm thinking of doing mermaid theme for Keira's 3rd b-day in July. It's dangerous because I have too many ideas!

Anonymous said...

what an adorable party!!!! so stinking cute....good job!!!! Much love to all of you and Happy Birthday to Max & Ella!!!! ~Carrie D.

Cristine said...

Because I am your mama I want the world to know not only are you creative beyond measure but you are patient...just think she did all that prep and decorating with twins, one of whom does not nap and a husband who works 12 hour days (not to forget to mention he spent the 2 days prior building their huge play stucture)all the while being patient and allowing time for Maxwell and Ella to play and be cared for by her!!
So YEA to the 'stinking cute' Hoedown of a party and YEA to Meghan for her patience and creativity and YEA for Mike for putting thousands and thousands of screws, nuts and bolts together and BBQing some incredible tri-tip!!
Happy 3rd Birthday Maxwell and Ella

brian, meghan, finley, and adalaide said...

amazing meghan! i have always wondered if all the details and work that go into a party are just silly and unimportant to the kids, but now that finley is getting older i can see that those things really make her feel special and celebrated. this party will definitely go down as one of the best, i'm sure!
and wow, wow, wow. that play structure is AMAZING. we stop and daydream about it everytime we see it at costco :)

Bethany said...

LOVE IT!!! How funny, my mom and I just did a party over the weekend for my sister in law that was a country hoedown too! Great minds think alike :) Yours is way cuter though!!

~j~ said...

aaaahmazing! Meg, you did an incredibly thoughtful and love filled party for your babies..
It looks so special and fun.
I loved everything you did!

Leanne said...

Happy Birthday Maxwell and Ella! Your mama is amazing! Looks like an awesome party!

Design Dazzle said...

This is so awesome! I love what you did with all the party details. You are so creative. Your kids are very lucky : )

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