The Muffin Man turned three a few weeks ago, and I'm happy to report that I finally got my sh*t together and threw my kid a birthday party. Like, an actual party with entertainment and favors and cake.
I felt kind of guilty for not throwing Noah a party last year, especially since he's now old enough that he's spent the last six months begging me to throw a birthday party. I realize that this is very #firstworldproblems and whatnot, but having a kid who is, essentially, a New Year's baby totally sucks. By the time Noah's birthday rolls around every January 3rd, I'm completely burned out and the last thing I want to do is fill my home with people and presents. This year I got smart: I scheduled his party for two weeks after his actual birthday. This meant that I didn't go crazy trying to put together a party right after the whirlwind of the holidays, and that all of his little friends were able to attend because no one was out of town. Pretty brilliant, if I do say so myself.
We decided to go with a bubble theme because bubbles are awesome (also, a friend had them at her party and Noah loved them).
Honestly, this is one of the best party entertainment deals in town. Bubblemania sends one of their "bubbleologists" and they do a bubble show, put all the kids in giant bubbles, and set up bubble pools so that kids can make their own bubble shapes.
In order to do the life size bubbles you have to provide a space with at least three walls, so we used our empty garage and it worked out perfectly.
The kids had so much fun, and it appealed to all different ages.
I set up a craft table with crayons and markers and chalk, so that Noah's friends could "write" messages to him on the long piece of paper.
It also ended up being a great place to sit and eat cake!
I found a great batch of bubble party templates on Etsy, which I used for the banners, favor tags, and cupcake toppers.
I'm not a fan of party favors, but the giant bubble wands were awesome and the kids loved them. Plus, they were the same price as the usual party favor crap that just gets thrown away.
Noah requested a strawberry cake for both his actual birthday and his party. Just for the record, this is one of the most complicated cakes I've ever made, but it is SO GOOD.
Cake, because you only turn three once (unless you're a child actor and then you just keep turning three until puberty).
Thank you to the incredible Amelia Borella, who took all of the amazing photos, which allowed me to enjoy the party!