How the Grinch Stole Callen’s Birthday

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My son is born on December 10th which makes party planning a little stressful.  It is really close to the holidays so you compete with Christmas parties, Texas weather is strange in December…last year it was literally frozen and this year I was wearing flip flops.  Indoors is the best route, but some years we could pull of outdoors if we were brave enough to try. After learning that the gym I wanted to reserve only took parties for three and up, I did the dreaded house party.  Now I love a good party at the house, but I feel like I pay just as much, have to clean and have to clean up…also I feel a responsibility to entertain and make everyone happy.  Our house is nice, but does not have a whole bunch of entertaining things like a pool table, swing set etc.  I went with another Christmas movie theme since our house is already decorated for Christmas and we narrowed the invite list to include family and a few friends with kids Callen’s age (but not too many kids so the party could be small).  In the end, we had more adults than kids there but that made for an easier party!  Here are the pics done in love… it turned out pretty good, but I still prefer to go somewhere next year and invite all our friends!

015One game…stick the heart on the Grinch!

104 My Grinch snacks!  Super cute and easy to make.  The kids loved them!

102 Grinch cupcakes I bought from Delicious Designs bakery.

070 The amazing cake!!!  Surpassed all my expectations and was the hit of the party!

053  He opened gifts with a shirt that read “Two’s aren’t terrible…I am having a blast!”

082 078 (2) He later put on his Santa outfit for cake and more play time.  His daddy bought him this Elmo chair that has become his favorite gift.  If you look in the background you can see how our living room has become a toy box!

072  Our only family pic of the day.  I felt like a Pinteresty mom putting it all together and every little detail was done in love…Nathan worked the night before and came home to a transformed house.  There was a “make a Grinch” center, a Christmas tree table, a snowball fight with recycled paper and we used the backyard space and sunshine to play as well.  Hard to believe my baby boy chews Gummy Vitamins and is slowly growing out of his size 5 diapers!

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