I can’t believe Buba is 3 years old now. How fast these past three years have gone, I can’t even describe it. I can only hope to capture each moment in my mind and in photos as much as possible as I know it only goes faster from here. They say no one changes over night but I am not too sure that’s not true for Buba. He seems taller, more talkative, more confident and so much more of a young boy and not such a young toddler anymore.
I have to admit it was a bittersweet day too, watching him celebrate with so much family around him. It was amazing to get all the cousins together, in picture above. A few were missing physically but we know they were there in spirit. It truly was a perfect day. Setting up the party up was so fun as Buba was taking his afternoon nap while I was arranging everything so that he would have a big surprise when he woke up. I told everyone to arrive before he woke up too so it was like a surprise party.
I didn’t have a theme. I just wanted vibrant colors amongst the trees. We had bubble stations, and bunting hanging in the big tree out front, on the river with picnic blanket and pillows to sit on for the kids to stay cool in the shade. I had vibrant colored bath toys tossed in the pool and a birthday banner taped across the canopy to spruce it up. Since I handmade the bunting out of old scrapbook paper that my mom had in her amazing craft room and bought the rest of the decorations at the dollar store; Buba’s birthday cost next to nothing to decorate. Who needs decorations when you have the great outdoors with stunning views to do it for you?
I had a lot of fun with the food and treats although the 100 degree weather had other agendas and mother nature enjoyed melting my cupcakes and caterpillar cake that I worked so hard on. The poor caterpillar face turned out more like an old grumpy caterpillar in the end. I didn’t really have a theme but I had fun with the food, making stars, boats, cars and more. All things the kids love to eat at summer birthday parties.
The watermelon was turned into melon balls and stars. I used the empty watermelon rind for a display dish.
I made cars that were a huge hit out of celery, cream cheese, raisin, carrots and tooth picks. So easy and the kids were all cheering for them.
Next, I made boats out of ham & cheese croissant sandwiches by adding a toothpick and a piece pepperoni. These were my favorite. The flavor of the pepperoni really added to the otherwise normal ham & cheese sandwich and they looked really cute. The photo doesn’t do them justice. I swear.
The treat table was covered with cupcakes, Jello cups, orange sorbet punch and edible confetti!
I am not a huge cake fan and Buba plain hates cake and every so often will attempt a cupcake but sadly on his special day he told he, “I don’t like this, its yucky, hurts my tummy!” I will never force a child to eat cupcakes more for me but I kind was hoping for that big “cupcake face” photo. Note to self, next year give Buba an ice cream cone instead of cupcakes.
My mind is already over flowing with ideas for Missy Moo’s and Buba’s birthdays next year! If you missed her birthday that we just had, check it out here.
Birthdays are always a great excuse to grab a family photo. I was sad Mr P had to return to the UK and missed the celebrations but we facetimed him before the party and know he was there in spirit too! It was great catching up with family and watching my kids bond with their cousins, some they have never met until now. I hope every summer we get this same opportunity. It truly has been so special. I wasn’t sure if Buba would know what it meant to be his birthday! Last year, he definitely didn’t know what was going on but this year he was so clued in. I was very surprised at his reaction to his surprise party. I think his smile has never been wider, his laughter has never been louder and harder, and he truly ran around the entire day shouting, “It’s my birthday…this is my party… all for me….!!!” It melted my heart that he was so happy and so excited about his very own special day.
Just shows you, a huge fancy party that cost a fortune isn’t what makes the day special. It was all his cousins being there to play with him, the attention and the balloons! I have to say the dollar store balloons were the best purchase ever. He was obsessed with them, as you can see above. They were his main focus pretty much until presents were being opened. He even tried to swim with them in the pool. Not recommended. Blowing his candles out!
Although after we sang him “happy birthday” he then threw the plate at me saying, “I don’t want it!”Opening presents is always a great moment at any birthday party. I have never seen so many young kids try to help, assist, or “just look” while Buba was trying to open them. It took six adults to keep reminding each one, this is for Buba, let him do it. So funny. He was very spoiled and so grateful for all his amazing presents! The day wasn’t just special for me as my first born turned three, it also was an emotional family day. Missy Moo got to meet all her cousins, aunts, uncles, and spend time with her two great grandmas whom she only just met for the first time. She was smiling and laughing the whole day while her young girl cousins watched over her and insisted on helping her walk all over the yard, all day. Watching my little girl play with the older girls, her curly blonde hair coming in fast, and walking away holding their hands and not mine definitely left a soft spot in my heart. If so many other things weren’t going on at the same time, I would have shed a tear for sure. Buba played hard, had a blast, and was the happiest turning 3 year old I have ever seen. I don’t think it could have gone any better. I apologise for the photo overload it was very hard to pick a few out of the 300 photos I took that day. lol I wish I could share them all with you. I left the pool photos out as many didn’t want their kids online in swimsuits, totally understandable. So although it was a pool party, I didn’t have many to share but I can tell you it was a very wet, splashing, water gun kind of party. No one was left dry, even the two babies Missy Moo and Baby K jumped in after eating their yummy cupcakes.
I am sure I can vouch that EVERYONE slept great that night including me! Parties are exhausting!I love this picture for so many different reasons but the main one is because it represents me letting go of another year of my first born as he grows older and needs his momma less and less. These early years go so fast and I have heard it only gets faster. That makes me sad but excited for the future and what he will do, be, accomplish, and become!
Buba, I love you so very much and I am so proud to be called your Momma! You are a truly amazing boy and it’s a pleasure watching you grow, learn, love, laugh, play and more.
Happy Birthday Buba!