I have been proclaiming that birthday parties were going to look a lot different going forward for about 2 years now and each time one rolls around I get sucked back into planning something grand but not this time. This time I scaled back and we even held it outside the home---best decision ever.
Kaden and Logan love going to Sky Zone. We went on Logan's birthday and a handful of other times. When I suggested having his party at Sky Zone--he flipped in excitement. Perfect, he was totally on board. So I reached out and reserved a room for him and his friends. I was pretty sure that I would still have to supply the decorations, plates, food and such but at least it wouldn't be at our house. Then I noticed what the birthday packages included---your own party attendant, they not only meet you and your party at the front but they get everyone signed in with their socks on ready to go on time. They had a cart for gifts, shoes and anything else we didn't want to carry which they pushed back into the party room. They provided pizza, juice boxes, plates, napkins. She wrote down what each present was and who it was from and gave the list to me after the party. They cleaned up the room after we were finished and even asked if we would like them to haul the gifts to the car---it was a small party so we managed on our own. But basically, I was SOLD from second I laid eyes on the word party attendant.
Kaden's friends starting arriving around 10:15 and at 10:30 they were let loose to jump till their hearts content---or for an hour whichever came first.
After their hour of jumping we all were escorted back to the birthday room where we had pizza, Spiderman cookies and Kaden got to blow out his Spiderman cake for the first time. I had decided to go with cookies again since they're a little easier to eat and let's face it, I am addicted to the cookies at Icings by Ang---plus how cute are these?!?!
And when it came to the cake there was only one person that I had in mind for it, Shanna with MoMo Roo. Shanna has done countless cakes and cake pops for me, honestly the only birthday I can think of that wasn't done by Shanna was Kaden's first and 2nd birthdays---other than that she has done each of their birthdays and multiple baby showers for me. She's amazing & Kaden's face was filled with excitement the moment he saw the case. I think he said it was "SOOOO Amazing, Mom. Thank you!". No, thank you, Shanna!
The party was a hit and although I can't speak for everyone, our boys napped for a VERY long time! & when May rolls around next year I am pretty sure we will be looking to do something very similar for Logan---then again, Kaden received a Totally Turtle birthday for his fourth birthday--certainly don't want little man to feel like he was slighted and didn't get his share of parties that were planned by Mom. Dilemmas. Dilemmas.
Oh and later that night, he blew his candles out yet again but it would also be the last time for 365 days.