Monday, February 25, 2013

Joshua's farm 3rd birthday party!

It ended up being a bit delayed, but we finally threw Joshua a party to celebrate his third birthday!  We had originally planned to have the party on Saturday, February 9 -- a couple weeks after his actual birthday, but as his birthday was the day before the PEF/Manna winter retreat, one of the busiest weeks of the year for David, we decided to put off the party until we'd had time to recuperate.  Then a huge snowstorm was forecast for the 8th and 9th, so after much hemming and hawing, we decided to postpone the party a week.  Which ended up being a good thing in retrospect, since Joshua spent Sunday the 10th throwing up and listless from a 24-hour stomach bug...  I'm glad we didn't potentially expose all of our friends' kids to whatever it was Joshua had!  The 16th was the perfect day for the party -- we were all recovered, the roads were clear of snow or ice, and we were ready to party!

This year, we went with a farm animal theme.  As I think I've mentioned before here on the blog, Joshua loves singing "Old MacDonald," and he's very into animals these days.  So we thought it would be fun to go whole hog (har har) with pigs, cows, sheep, ducks, and other cute farm animals decorating the party zone!  I went with another Etsy shop for the invitation and party printables -- super cute party designs, which I just had to print out and assemble!

And I admit, I had a little too much fun with the farm-themed food items...  :)

And in keeping with tradition, I attempted a homemade theme cake -- a big red barn, modeled after the one in one of Joshua's current favorite books!

We invited a bunch of Joshua's friends from play group, Sunday School, and our other friend circles.  There were so many little toddlers hanging out at our house, and Joshua had a blast!

And then we got to the part Joshua had been waiting for all day: CAKE!!  :)  This year, Joshua was able to eat it all by himself!  And he didn't let something as trivial as birthday hugs from his buddy Elliot distract him from his goal of shoving as much cake into his mouth as quickly as possible...

We tried to get a photo of the two littlest ones there, Sophia and Leila (9 months), but I think Leila was just a teeny bit too interested in Sophia's dress, and Sophia didn't really take well to Leila's inspections...

All told, though, our kiddos really did have a good time.  :)  We're so thankful for all the good friends who came to celebrate our wonderful, funny, smart, sweet THREE-year-old.  Thank you for loving our little Joshua!

He totally can't wait for the next party.  :)

1 comment:

Drew Watts said...

Seems such a wonderful birthday party. Loved all the arrangements done for party. Party food simply looks yummy and luscious. Well I am also going to attend a birthday party of my friend’s daughter at San Francisco venues. Hope it will be a fun party too.