Eleven days ago, my baby turned 3. Although I’m not one of those moms that loved the baby stage, I’m still wondering where the heck my baby has gone. Seriously. The boy turned into a legit kid overnight. (And I somehow slipped into my early 30s during that night… yeesh.)
We asked Bug what kind of party he wanted, and he answered with an obvious, “Superheroes!” Last year we had Bug’s birthday party at our community pool, which was great because it’s so darn hot in June. We totally would have done that again this year, but we may or may not have gotten in trouble last year for having beer at the pool. I mean, it’s not like anyone was hammered… just some dads (and maybe a couple of moms) enjoying a beer or two while watching burgers cook on the grill and kids playing (supervised) in the pool. Needless to say, we had to find somewhere else for a party. We chose the beach. My wonderful in-laws live in a neighborhood that has a private beach access with a grill and a little pavilion. It’s the perfect party spot. We used it for Bug’s 1st birthday, and I’m sure we’ll be using it again!
Party details: Bug requested a Superman cake. With Superman on a motorcycle. Because, you see, his friend Ben had a cake with Batman on the Batcycle, but Bug “likes Superman the best.” I’m thinking, great, I’m going to have to find a motorcycle that a Superman figuring will fit on and superglue them together. Luckily, at Target one day I happened across an actual Superman on a motorcycle set. Score. Bug’s cake (as requested) was chocolate with blue, red & yellow. I’m pretty sure the kids’ mouths were blue for days. I know my hands were. Also, side note on the cake – I used a recipe that replicates Publix’s buttercream icing, because I figured it would hold up well in the heat. It did, and it was yummy, but it was SUPER GREASY. Like impossible to wash off of your hands without loads of Dawn greasy. I won’t make it again unless I need a cake to sit outside for hours. (So, probably Bug’s next birthday.)
I made superhero capes for all of the kids, with a special E cape for Bug. We had little party favor bags with Thank You cards attached, little waters for the kiddos with cute labels and an Eli banner. I designed the graphics, so if you’re looking for Superhero Party labels and whatnot, email me and I’ll hook you up (firstname.lastname@example.org). All in all, the details looked awesome and the capes were a huge hit.
Funny how we have a party at the beach and nobody actually went down to the beach. The ids were having so much fun playing in the kiddie pool and in the shower that they never even made it to the sand. Which, in actuality, was just fine because it kept everyone in the same area.
We grilled burgers & dogs and had cake, of course. Don’t worry, Bug got to finish his. I mentioned in an earlier post that it rained for over a week here in SW Florida. On Bug’s birthday, it rained at our house (several miles east of the beach) off an on all day. We get to the beach and no rain. We saw lots of gray clouds, but they floated on past us. It started raining about 15 minutes or so after the festivities were pretty much done. It was perfect timing.
My favorite part of Bug’s party was the pinata. I was mostly impressed with how a group of 2-5 year olds took turns and cheered each other on. Nobody cried. Nobody fought. Everybody shared. Each kid got a turn before it busted open. It was amazing. Plus, the kids’ faces are priceless.
All in all, Bug had a pretty awesome birthday. He got to play with his friends (this is his sweet buddy Isaac… Bug pretty much idolizes him) and we got to play with our friends, too. I guess we never really grow up, huh?