Feb 26, 2013

Beach Birthday Party

This year was Oldest's 9th birthday.

It was his first non-party year. That was what was decided after his last birthday. No more big parties after 8.

Yep, no more big parties. Just the birthday boy, a couple of friends, and a low-key activity.

So when Oldest decided that he wanted to go swimming for his low-key activity, it seemed okay to just have a teeny, tiny beach-themed...er...um...

...lunch...not at all a party...

There may or may not have been some minor decorations.

There may or may not have been balloons, and maybe a tad of a tablescape on my favorite stand-by red dresser.

But really, it wasn't a party...

I promise...

Okay it was kind of a party. Just a little, itty, bitty one.

I mean, one of my kids was heard to say, "This is all you are going to decorate? Just this little spot?"

So see I did reign it in. 

I just couldn't help myself. I wanted to do just a smidge. Something to make his day special.

Once he decided he wanted to go swimming, I settled on a beachy theme to welcome them once they returned from swimming.

Bright colors. Beach balls. Colorful beach towels. Cold drinks.


I made a simple...I mean siiiimple banner of crepe paper.

There were some beach posters I made using simple geometric shapes from PicMonkey

I was lucky to find some Summer toys even in the bitter coldness of February.

There was also a ceiling of balloons. It added such a great effect.

Then there were the cakes.

My favorite was the small, simple blue wave cake.

Before the cake, we had to have our Beach Picnic Lunch.

Oldest LOVES hotdogs, so that had to make the lunch list.

They ate on laid out beach towels and we all pretended it was warm and tropical outside instead of snow-covered.

We had chips and fruit. I love, love, love the yellow print bags that I found for the chips.

It would seem that lunch was enjoyed by Oldest.

And his friends.

I think it was a success. Good times were had by all at this non-party birthday.

Hope you enjoy, are inspired, and feel a bit
of Summer during this never-ending winter.

Thanks for reading!


Anonymous said...

Larissa! I need that dresser! Haha so cute! Also, this 'non' party is super cute. I love all the details, big and small! You must help me put all my ideas together for T's big day....i'm really good at thinking I can plan this super cute events like this, but really stink at putting it all together and actually following through with it. Help! Haha also, I can't believe you have a 9 year old! Crazzzzy!

Maggie and Sheepie said...

How sad that they don't all want big parties forever! Cute job!

Stockhoff Family said...

I am happy to see you kept it low-key! Of course I know you and that was lower-key and AMAZING!

Unknown said...

CUTE!!! I love birthday parties! My 6 year old is turning 7 in a few weeks and we were looking for ideas today. I love how this one turned out! Great job!!!

Unknown said...

What a fun party!!! I love all the bright colors!!! It makes me wish summer would be here already ;)

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

I wish summer were here already too!

Ashley at flats to flip flops said...

Good job cheering us all up with a beach party! If only it was summer! Pinned this!

Emily said...

What a fun (non)party! I LOVE all the bright colors! :)


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