Birthday Guide 2016

. May 3, 2016.
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COLTON

Age: 1
Theme: puppies
Hosted by: Adam & Ashley Blachuta of Bradner
Photographer: Chelsie Hosmer Photography, Findlay 

Décor: We had paw prints on the sidewalk leading up to the party. There was a chalkboard filled with stats from his first year. The food was served in dog dishes. 

Goody Bags: The guests took home boxes stamped with puppies and filled with puppy chow. 

Cake by: Nothing Better Bakery in Bowling Green

Hours involved: I spent a few weeks looking for items at Hobby Lobby and TJ Maxx, and several hours the day of the party setting up. 

Favorite memory: We had the party at my parents’ house {Colton’s grandparents}. They have a pet monkey, which helped Colton open his gifts! 

RYAN

Age: 1
Theme: Time Flies {airplane theme} 
Hosted by: Tara Miller of Findlay 
Photographer: Finn Photography

Cupcakes by: The Next Sweet Thing in Sylvania

Décor: I printed photos of Ryan from his first year and hung them on a banner, to show how much he has changed – going along with the theme Time Flies. We also had a Wishing Tree, where guests could write down wishes for him and memories of him, since he’s too young to remember this party on his own. 

Hours involved: I spent a few weeks planning, and the day of the party I was busy all day.

Favorite memory: My favorite part was gathering all of his loved ones together to celebrate. I’m a single mom, so it’s really important to me that he knows how loved and special he is.

Arron 

Age: 7
Theme: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Hosted by: Jason and Melissa Greer of Findlay 

Cake by: Creation Cakes in Fostoria

Décor: I painted a brick wall backdrop with Arron’s name made to look like graffiti. Other projects included felt TMNT masks for all the kids, turtle shells and manhole covers made from dollar store pans, a cityscape centerpiece for the kids table made from black boxes and paper, and I cut mutant ooze for the goodie table out of felt.

Goody Bags: I don’t do normal goody bags, but rather decorations that the kids can take home. For this party, I made turtle shells, masks, TMNT weapons, and a pizza box to fill up with goodies from the goodie table. Goodies that double as decoration gets you the most bang for your buck! 

Activities: We had a TMNT piñata, toss the pizzas into the pizza boxes, a timed game of filling pizza boxes and delivering them, and each guest had a homemade costume with a coordinating weapon that they played with during the party. 

Hours involved: I spent several months planning a party, scouring Pinterest and dollar stores, and making as much as I can myself to save tons of money. 

Favorite memory: My kids absolutely LOVE their parties and look forward to and talk about them all year! I love seeing the reaction on their faces when they walk in for the first time and see it all done. It is definitely worth all of the hard work and time it took to create it!