leo’s party!

Ah the birthday weekend is over!  I needed a few days to recover and clean up all of the wrapping paper… and maybe finish off a few of the leftover cupcakes from the party! After weeks of planning, prepping, crafting and cooking Leo’s party came and went in a flash.  We had a great time with great friends.

We didn’t really have a theme for this years party. Leo is kinda into trains, kinda into Yo Gabba Gabba, sorta into to Elmo so I didn’t really know what to do and I figured this might be the last year that I can get away with having Leo be the theme of his birthday own party. So I did just that!

Leo bannerThe theme started right when you walked in the door with Leo bunting. I saw this on Pinterest and thought it was the cutest thing.  It was super-easy to make.  I printed big pictures of Leo’s face on card stock and cut them out (we only have a black and white printer but I still think they came out pretty cute).  I used patterned polka-dot card stock from Michael’s to make little party hats for the bunting, hot glued on a pompom and … voila! Leo is everywhere. I just couldn’t stop there so I hot-glued popsicle sticks on to the back of a few more and made little Leo masks for the kid’s tables.

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Obnoxious? Maybe…but still pretty cute.  I also made little party hats out of the same polka dot card stock using this template from the Crafting Chicks.

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And then there was the food. I honestly think that I may have taken on a little too much this year, last year we ordered pizzas and that seems to be the way to go and make everyone happy.  This year I did get some amazing pastries from The Village Bakery, but my mom and I made the rest which included 40+ mini quiche (broccoli cheddar and carmelized shallot and goat cheese), orzo pasta salad, fruit cups, 40+ homemade funfetti (much better than the box) cupcakes and 30+ sugar cookies in the shape of 2s. I was so exhausted after the party I took a two-hour nap with Leo.

Leo had a great time at his party and loved his cake, well at least the frosting…

???????????????????????????????080313-41A big thanks to my mom who snapped all of these pics, I didn’t take one photo at the party! Mother of the year!

(written during nap time)

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