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...
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!