So, my baby (well, one of them) turned 3 a couple of weeks ago. He has grown up so fast! It seems like just the other day we were bringing him home from the hospital. This year he wanted a mickey mouse clubhouse birthday party, and it was actually the first year that he was REALLY into the whole party thing. The last two years he probably just wondered why all these people came over and gave him presents. But this year was different. The very best part for me was to see the look of amazement in his eyes during this whole process, (which started about 3 months before his actual birthday and he talked about it nonstop until now.) We had planned a day of going to the movies and seeing cars 2 and to eat lunch together, just us, his Gigi and him. Here's some pictures from that day:
We ate at Olive Garden (yum!) but he ended up only wanting french fries, which Olive Garden does not have. So, Daddy made a special trip over to Arby's to get the boy some french fries. I think we could've just ate at McDonalds and he would've been happy!
Next, to the movies...
I swear he ate popcorn the whole time! He did really good about sitting still and only had to get up twice to potty. The movie was really cute too.
That following Monday night ( his actual birthday) we invited the grandparents over and had cake and ice cream. His party was very low-key and didn't require a lot of planning on my part. I did make a few handmade decorations but nothing fancy. I made two mickey heads out of spray painted Styrofoam balls and stuck them into a bucket from the playroom with sticks and dollar store crinkle paper. (I got that idea from Pinterest also.)
I also made a banner to hang across the china cabinet, it was definitely not perfect but it did the job.
And, the main event, the cake! He has been talking about having a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake for quite some time now so that is exactly what he got! It took me about 3-4 hours to do but it was so worth it. It was yellow cake with chocolate butter cream icing and chocolate chip dough filling. It was VERY good!
Here's the table all set up before his party:
He got a lot of toys and some really cute clothes. We ended up getting him the big versions of Buzz Lightyear and Woody dolls. And the look on his face when he opened them up was absolutely priceless!
He's such an angel! He loved his birthday and now he is already talking about Santa Claus! LOL.
And finally, here is a walk down memory lane, for me at least.
July 25, 2008: minutes after he was born
July 2009: His 1st Birthday
July 2010: 2nd Birthday
July 2011: 3rd Birthday
I just LOVE being his mommy!