I typed up "Happy 4th Birthday Keaton" on white card stock in a Lego font that I found for free. I cut out the words and then traced around them onto construction paper (had I thought of this project sooner, I would have done it all on card stock, but my original banner failed me about 36 hours before party time, haha). I cut out the traced objects a bit bigger so that the original white words had a bubble of color around them and then taped them onto sheets of black construction paper. I then used a 3-hole punch to make holes on the top of the black pieces of construction paper and used black yard to string it. We then hung it across the kitchen, much to the excitement of the birthday boy!
Next was the cake. This was the first time I had ever done anything to a cake other than frost it while it was still sitting in its 9x13 dish. It's not perfect, but it was fun, a great conversation piece and definitely yummy! I originally saw this tutorial on Betty Crocker's website and referenced it again for the party. I ended up making 2 cakes because we were planning on having a slew of people for the party, but, because we all had the seasonal crud, we closed it to family only. I confess to having a HUGE sweet tooth, and really, while I had planned for each person to have one small rectangle (as in a small piece with two marshmallow tops), having just one marshmallow top was probably more than enough. With a frosting covered half of marshmallow on top, this cake gets super sweet, super fast!
I had no idea what to do for a base for the cakes to sit on, so I took a priority mail box, taped orange construction paper on it and covered that with wax paper! Couldn't have worked out better!
Before the party, my lego-lovin' hubby made the 'centerpiece' - the little cabin with canoe guy. I had anticipated it being a lot larger than it was, more like a true centerpiece, but, it ended up working out perfectly once all the food, utensils, etc... were on the table. When Keaton woke up from his nap, we let him open a gift (a small lego set) and he and his daddy got to work on building his first creation, a dump truck! He was so excited to place that on the table next to Zach's creation for the party!
I remembered the 'yearly' shirt I like for the boys to have...on Friday morning (his party was Saturday afternoon!) Thanks to an amazing friend around the corner from us, she lent me the supplies and I got to work right after Keaton went to bed and got his shirt made:
The other things that didn't get photographed:
- We had pizza, chips, pretzals and drinks, complete with a bag of ice from Sonic (really, they do have the best ice!)
- I was torn on what to do for a color scheme. I knew I wanted a green table cloth, since most Lego 'boards' are green (I have since been informed that I was wrong in this thinking. I'm a girl, what do I know) ;) I ended up getting various colors for the remaining paper/plastic ware: Orange napkins, blue plates, yellow cups and red forks. I was worried that this would look totally tacky, but after seeing it on various other websites and taking a picture of it all laying out pre-party, I wasn't too worried. And it looked great! Definitely the color punch I was going for!
- We also hired a friend/photographer to capture the day. Probably the best money spent. Ever. She's just starting out, so doesn't charge a lot, but how wonderful to sit back and enjoy the afternoon with family celebrating our little man! She also snagged some family pictures and sweet moments of the day:
And it made for a birthday that I hope he remembers for awhile!