Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ben's 3rd Birthday Party

Ben's 3rd birthday party started out a little shaky. There was an incident in which a large glass jar fell and shattered into a million pieces. (I won't name names...;-)) With 15 kids (and 20+ adults) due at our house in a few hours, needless to say Mike swept, then swiffered, then vacuumed, then swept again, then mopped. What a mess!

Next I noticed lots of cars pulling up to the house around 1 p.m. (3 hrs before our party started). Turns out our new neighbors directly across the street were having a housewarming party. Parking was going to be an issue. But we got lucky and there party ended at 3. A housewarming party from 1-3, interesting... but it worked out for us!

While getting things set up for the party, Ben decided to play with his trucks on the table (Ben is obsessed with sitting on the counter/table rather than in chairs lately) while Mike caught up on his articles online.
I guess Mike was hungry.

My chalkboard/Valentine's tulips/party favors.
I went with something kid's actually use instead of all that random junk that usually gets sent home -- each child received a small book (Thomas the train for most of the kids) with a lollipop and a personalized sticker that thanked them for coming to the party. I wrapped them in craft paper and tied them with baker's twine. Done and done.
Then Ben helped me make a cheese dip. His idea of helping was to point out the "white spots" (cream cheese) that still needed blending, then to eat the leftovers from the bowl.
Once the party got underway, Dee was all about the food. At one point she snuck up from under the tables to beg for food.
Once everyone was done eating, it was time for cake and ice cream! Ben really liked his Thomas cake.

He was also a fan of blowing out the candle. Later, once everyone had left, Brenda and Carl stayed to visit and they kept lighting the candle for Ben and singing and let him blow it out. Like 10 times. Bless them. Ben LOVED that!

I was going to skip opening gifts during the party, but Ben and the kids kept asking, so we obliged.

Here Ben is showing how many years old he is.

The next morning (on his actual birthday), we gave him our gift -- Simba from The Lion King. Ben is really into this movie lately and had spotted this Simba at Target a few weeks ago. Ben gave him hugs and later carried him up to bed for nap. Big hit!


  1. I love that picture of all 3 of you with Ben sitting barefoot on the kitchen island. What a great photo of the three of you!

  2. Looks like a good time! The favors were almost as adorable as Ben was! I love the story about Brenda and Carl, reminds me of last year when we hung out after Ben's party. Good times! Happy birthday, Ben!