I've had a Candyland board on pinterest for forever and did use a lot of the ideas I found, but just didn't have the time or money to do EVERY idea that I loved. Other than the candy table, I kept it simple with all other decorations and activities. Guests knocked on the door, played and visited, ate lunch, sang happy birthday, ate cupcakes, filled their goody bags and said goodbye. No games this year...and I kind of liked it. I actually got to visit with friends which I don't recall doing with Mackenzie's last 3 parties! ;)
I made a pom pom wreath for the door, but forgot to take a picture of it on the actual day of the party. I'll do a detailed post later this week about the wreath itself, but for now we'll just start with the sign in table. On Mackenzie's first birthday, I had everyone sign a picture frame mat for her room, so I did the same thing for Meredith's first birthday. For Mackenzie's subsequent birthdays I've stolen an idea from my friend Kim and had guests sign a book with a theme similar to the party. (2nd birthday - an elmo book for the sesame street theme and 3rd birthday - a Dr. Seuss Circus book for her circus themed party.) This year's book was Silverlicious, which is a little bit more about losing a tooth, but also about candy and being sweet - "sweetness come from the inside. When you are sweet, the world and all the delicious things in it will be sweet too!" With that said, I had a sign in table when you walked in with both of the girls birthday pictures and sign in book/mat.
Remember the garland I mentioned in this post? I was a little nervous about how it would turn out, but I'm pretty happy with it.
Other miscellaneous decorations - my streamer chairs. I think I've started a new tradition!
When it was time to blow out the candles, each girl got a separate turn. Can you tell Mackenzie had been playing outside a full hour before we did the cake?
Meredith was a little unsure...
But this little girl was having a blast and there was no nap in sight!
Some might have also just plopped themselves right on the floor to eat their loot! ;)
Unfortunately, I may have gone a little overboard on the candy/sweets table and these pictures prove it! Everyone is gone and this is how much food and candy I still have left!
So, there's the party for you. We opened gifts after everyone left and played in the living room with all the new toys/presents until bed time. That would be a total of 5 or 6 hours and they loved every minute of it! Another year gone and I now have a 4 year old and a 1 year old! I'll take a six month break and start planning the next birthday bash! ;)