George’s 4th Birthday Party

I’m way overdue posting about George’s 4th Birthday, but it was great weather and we went to the greenhouse again like last year. The greenhouse is quickly becoming a tradition because they have so many fun things for kids to do and it’s a beautiful time of year to be outside.

George and his girlfriends

George and his girlfriends in the gazebo at the greenhouse

I love the boy George is becoming. He loves being around other kids – boys and girls equally. When we were trick-or-treating, he ran up to a little girl dressed like a princess and said “Wow – I really love your costume; it’s so pretty!” My heart just melted because of the sweetness…!

George and his friends riding on the train

George and his friends riding on the train (Julius didn’t want to go!)

We bought a PJ Masks birthday cake edible frosting top on Amazon for like $9 but it ended up being kind of a fail because it needed to chill overnight even though the directions said 3 hours. It was still kind of sticky and tacky so I was pissed. I’d totally try it again but it’s going in the freezer for an entire day and night before the party next time. I managed to salvage the characters off it and the cake still looked decent – just not as nice as if the entire cake top was intact. Ross laughs at me because I always try crazy shit to save money and it usually bites me in the ass. It either takes more time than is worth the savings or it’s just a total fail. It makes for good stories though. One time we bought a shower curtain at a dollar store and put it up and it was as thin as saran wrap…no lie. It wrapped around your legs instead of actually staying put because it was so thin!

We invited George's friends from preschool

We invited George’s friends from preschool

I know George enjoyed his party, and that’s all that matters. He didn’t know the difference with the cake and I think as parents we put too much pressure on ourselves. All he cared about was the fact everyone was there to celebrate with him. ♥

When the kids went stir-crazy they could go on the playground equipment

When the kids went stir-crazy they could go on the playground equipment

One year birthday party – Thomas the Train theme!

Julius turned one in January and we wanted to do a low key party at the house. Being one year old, he doesn’t really care about his birthday, but we thought a Thomas the Train theme would be fun for George, and anything that is fun for George is fun for Julius by default. Plus, it was easy because we have almost everything ever made having anything to do with Thomas the Train.

We used electrical tape to make train tracks on the floor.

We used electrical tape to make train tracks on the floor.

We hung blue streamers around the house.

We hung blue streamers around the house.

I drew a big Thomas the Train illustration with crayon...it's a real piece of art ;)

I drew a big Thomas the Train illustration with crayon…it’s a real piece of art 😉

Train tracks were all over the house!

Train tracks were all over the house!

It was easy, and I didn’t have to buy much! I displayed all the train books we own and we set up every single train track. We basically filled the upstairs and downstairs with train tracks! Only one person tripped that I know of…haha. We put a Thomas the Train puzzle out by the food. We put black electrical tape on the floor to look like railroad tracks. I had balloons and blue streamers from George’s birthday and I drew a large Thomas the Train picture on the back of wrapping paper and taped it on the wall.

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We played Thomas and Friends Netflix on a loop.

We played Thomas and Friends Netflix on a loop.

My dad and his second grandson

My dad and his second grandson

I used foil bread pans to make train cars and Babybel cheese wheels on the train cars, and filled each with veggies and dip and crackers and hummus. I saw this idea on the Party City website. We had about seven assorted pizzas, beer, wine and V8 Splash for the kids. I guess our neighbors’ kid loves Babybel cheese so she came over and asked me shyly if she could eat a wheel. To which I said yes of course!

Appetizer train!

Appetizer train!

Thomas the Train cake

Thomas the Train cake

Grandpa sharing his cake with baby Julius

Grandpa sharing his cake with baby Julius

Julius loading up on sugar

Julius loading up on sugar

George and Julius both had a lot of fun, and so did their little friends. Our idea of a party sure has changed, but we got to see our family and parent-friends so that was fun. I can’t really stay up late anymore anyway…10 pm is about as late as I can make it! #jeez

George helping his brother open his gifts

George helping his brother open his gifts

Julius "opening" his gifts

Julius “opening” his gifts

The birthday boy!

The birthday boy!