It was a super-fun compilation of pure unadulterated five-year old random birthdayness, aptly themed “Gideon”. I chose this particular theme when I asked Gid the Kid what kind of cake he wanted this year and his response was “a chocolate fire-breathing dragon Buzz Lightyear cake”.
I am wired to work around themes, so this threw me. “That doesn’t match, Gideon.” I responded in my head, even as I started trying to piece together a birthday party that would include all of the things my son most loves…
Dinosaurs. Dragons. Army-men. Buzz Lightyear. Balloons. Chocolate. Mustaches. Dress-up clothes. “Batinos with buhwava” (remember? volcanos with lava). Soccer. Root Beer.
And the following party happened (much of it inspired by Pinterest) and I loved every. single. thing. about it.
Because it did match something…
I felt extremely guilty when I asked my husband and family friend to haul our kitchen buffet to the shed, but...what an awesome backdrop.
store-bought cookies sandwiched with sprinkle-laden icing and topped with a handmade felt flag
Gideon's army-men, the perfect cupcake-toppers for two reasons: 1. EASY. 2. Free. Oh...and who better to guard the dessert table?
ice cream sandwiches rolled in sprinkles - these were snatched up like hotcakes.
this precious hanging board has found its way to every one of Gideon's birthday parties, as has the "Happy Birthday" banner that I made for him 5 years ago.
also on the dessert menu, chocolate-dipped S'mores and mini marshmallows dipped in chocolate and topped with an M&M (my Mom and I were sick of making those by the 5th marshmallow - too tedious, no matter how cute they were!)
Mama is not a professional baker, so the minute he asked for a Buzz Lightyear cake, I decided that Buzz Lightyear could HOLD the cake I make for him every year - chocolate with an M&M number on top. Mrs. Gore, you are SO clever!
and the dessert especially crafted for Gideon, chocolate volcano cakes made by my extremely talented friend, Tammy. We threw a couple of Gid's favorite dinosaurs on the plate at the last minute, and he adored the finished product. Thank you Tammy!!
we started the party with a rousing and chaotic game of kickball, hosted by Uncle Jerry...
and the birthday boy smiled and ran the entire time.
even Miss Sunday gave it a try!
Baby Betsie and her Grandpa spent most of the party together - so sweet!
There will be more birthday fun to come…stay tuned!
Several of the photos were taken by my sister-in-law Amy, who always contributes her photog skills during parties to free up the Mama…thanks, as always, Amy!