Welcome to our birthday party issue!
At my house, we absolutely love coming up with birthday themes, making our own decorations and stuffing treat bags for our guests.
It’s always fun to see what themes my three kids — Bobby Jr., soon-to-be 10; Alejandra, 5; and Gabriella, 2 — come up with. We’ve held pizza parties, monster mixers, pretty-in-pink tea times and splash bashes.
The hardest part is taking down our beautiful birthday decorations after the parties. Sad face.
If you’re in search of the perfect birthday party idea, we can help you out. In this issue we offer dozens of ways to make your child’s big day magical and fun. Make sure you check out the smash cake photos on page 16. It’s too cute for words.
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On the cover: Ada Pedersen, daughter of Jarad and Jocelyn Pedersen of Omaha. The photograph is of Ada’s first birthday. Mom and Dad had planned an outdoor photo shoot with photographer Beth Ritchie, but the cold weather didn’t allow for it. So the photo shoot was moved inside with Ada’s smash cake. The cake was the first time Ada had ever tasted sugar. Of course, she loved it.
“The frosting glued her fingers together and she had her feet in the cake,” Mom said.
Ada is now 2.5 years. She has a little sister, Evie, that is 9 months, and Mom cannot wait for the girls to have their photographs taken. Ada is an extremely precocious and determined child. She talked early and has never stopped. Mom said she sings anything she hears and loves the TV show Little Einsteins and can recognize instruments in classical music. She is a very outgoing child and makes friends young and old wherever she goes.
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For her second birthday, we held a monster mixer. She adores just about every furry monster you can think of from Elmo of Sesame Street to Sully of Monsters Inc.
I took a few snapshots and added links to tutorials I found on Pinterest and elsewhere that inspired her monster birthday bash.
Guest were greeted by a monster wreath hanging from the front door.
We ordered Jones Bros. Cupcakes. and placed tiny monster toppers. But I also ordered a 12-inch round cake decorated like a monster from Sam’s Club of all places to serve as the centerpiece on her birthday table.
We strung streamers and hung balloons just about everywhere, including the gift bags.
My sister’s boyfriend created this photo booth that doubled as a bean bag toss for the kids.
My other sister created this pin the eye on the monster game.
I glued googly eyes on just about everything I could get my hands on, including bouncy balls, horns, plastic cups, napkins, forks, spoons, cupcake toppers, and on and on.
The kids all had a blast, especially my little Gabi monster and her big sister.
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Check out a really big list of birthday party venues, by clicking here.
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