George’s third birthday is actually the day we leave for Mexico, so we celebrated early. Instead of a traditional birthday party, we invited friends and family to a Pumpkinfest at a greenhouse. It is the first time we attempted a birthday celebration somewhere other than our house.
AND I LOVED IT. The weather was perfect; it was about 63 degrees. The fall colors were starting, and there were not that many families there. There was an outdoor gazebo with tables, chairs and couches, and we just kind of took it over. Each family could do their own thing – there were free pumpkins, pumpkin painting, face painting, snacks, beverages, a bounce house and tons of playground equipment. The greenhouse had cool walking paths, fountains and areas for families to walk around.
Everyone with kids broke apart from the pack and chased their kids around, until it was time for gift opening which we did under the gazebo. His favorite gifts were the Paw Patrol Piano and Rubble from Paw Patrol. His favorite gift was not the letter train we got him that spelled “George” – (we are working on spelling our name).
Of course, we bought a hydrangea just so we weren’t “those people” who go to free events and don’t purchase anything – but the fact that it was a free event was a huge plus because I didn’t feel guilty expecting friends to pay for anything. I didn’t want to invite everyone to a Chuck-e-Cheese or something that costs money – I loved being able to say it was a free event and everyone was invited.
It was four hours long and George’s friends just stopped by throughout the day, and we unwrapped gifts, sang and ate cupcakes in the gazebo. When it was over at about 2 p.m., it was time for a nap and George and Julius fell asleep in the car, which was nice. I’m definitely thinking a straight up repeat in October 2016. No big house cleaning and preparations – no big house clean up! #wambam