I kept the decorations simple this year. Ben chose a super hero theme, so I hopped on Pinterest and found a few DIY ideas.
We only had four kids coming, so I just bought candy-covered apples from a chocolate store as the favor. I bought a printable on Etsy for a personalized thank you, and then printed it out on sticker paper.
I pull out this Happy Birthday banner each year. I bought it for Ben's first birthday. I made the super hero banner by printing out comic book pages online and super hero emblems, then cutting the paper and stapling it to ribbon on top. Again, very easy and free!
I also made photo banners for each of the kids. One picture for each month. I was determined not to buy anything for this project, so I found scrap book paper and ribbon on hand and did my best. If I were shopping for this project, I'd have chosen cuter paper and such, but for free, it was a quick, cute project.
Just before the party started, Ben and Dad were relaxing on the couch. They looked so cute in their matching button-downs, I had to snap a photo or two.
And one with me and my Benny Boo!
Livvie woke up half an hour before the party, and miraculously was fever free and in a happy mood!
Once the party started, I didn't have time to get a lot of photos, but here is one of Ben and cousin Carson enjoying the Portillos.
I couldn't find my camera when it came time for the cake, but I did locate it during Liv's battle with the smash cake. She took the term "smash" literally. It was the funniest thing I have seen in a long time. Needless to say, she needed a bath immediately after this escapade.
Ben opened his presents, and was super excited by the fireman rain boots, rain coat, and umbrella.
That is all the photos I got, but a good time was had by all!