I didn't go crazy on decor, and was really proud of myself for using supplies I already had with the exception of a few items. I think in all I spent $60 on the party (minus the food) which I am sure is a far cry from what I would have shelled out for a big party on the golf course. I also baked his cake and cupcakes because I am a sucker for homemade, I always felt so loved and special when mom would make my birthday cake!
Here are a few things I made, and if you know me well you know that is inevitable. Even small occasions require me to create something handmade. I was at the pool with a friend and she said she had everything for her son's party figured out...she just got on etsy, oriental trading, and placed a giant order and in a matter of 2 hours it was done. Although I am time poor and streched thin, I have never been able to order pre-made, hand-made party decor. It's like a chef ordering cupcakes from a bakery...just doesn't feel right. So I made the time.
So on to Austin's Up Up and Away Party, you guessed it...when you live in Natchez you gotta do a hot air balloon themed party.
|Hot air balloon bake floating through the clouds|
|The clouds and hotair balloon I made for the mantle. He loves Dr. Suess books so I had to throw this in.|
|Hot air balloon cookies and hotair balloon I made from twine, an outdoor lantern, and a square basket.|
We feasted over BBQ and cupcakes at our house. We had a blast talking, playing, and eating indoors while it rained cats and dogs outside. Another reason I am relieved we didn't do a large party, it was going to be the same day...OUTSIDE...behind my parents house on the golf course. It would have been a golf themed party since he is completely obsessed with "dolfers" (golfers) and "dolf tarts" (golf carts). It would have had a bounce house and tons of golf themed decor and it would have been TOTALLY RAINED OUT.
|Here is Austin arranging and rearranging his chairs, we had to add felt to the bottoms because he does this constantly at our house.|
|Austin was so excited to open his super fratty Fedora from Mrs. Anita Bickley! It's so cute and he loved wearing it at the party!|
|Seeing his bike for the first time|