“Little old man” Shai’s UP 1st Birthday Party!

It’s hard to believe but our baby turned 1 just last week. Ted and I are both taken aback by how time seems to just fly lately. Didn’t I just have this little one?! Recognizing the speed of our lives makes me want to be sure to pause momentarily to capture the moments of their lives. Last week his birthday fell mid-week so we did things as a family on the day of his birthday but Sunday the 11th Shailo had his first birthday party. It was inspired by Disney Pixar’s UP. And what better way to celebrate Shai? Our baby whom we thought looked like a “little old man” from day one. Anyways, enough chatting. Here are photos from his birthday week and birthday party:

Even before the party really began, Shai took his roll of the little old man in UP quite seriously. He grabbed hold of a balloon and really only let go of it to change into his birthday outfit, open gifts and eat cake, but of course!

{Happy birthday} to our fun-loving, super social, determined, friendly, adventurous, energetic, and incredibly daring little one!

and might dashing as well :)

(I did my own personal take on UP and went with a more vintage inspired UP)Shai’s cake. Clearly my sweet friend, Chey had nothing to do with this cake hehe. But I am thankful we were able to create a simple cake, what I’d hoped for!
Shailo was a little confused at everyone singing to him and why momma would let a flame be so close to his little fearless self. Haha!He dug in and ate the cupcake as fast as he could. The cutest, funniest moment was a few minutes after devouring his cupcake, when he ZONKED.

(Below are the photos of his birthday taken with a phone)…

Some more details of the party and cute (but pixely) photos of Shai.Happy 1st birthday, our beloved Shai. You have added such a fun spunk to our family dynamic. You are incredible and we are so very blessed and thankful to call you ours, Shailo Valour: God’s gift – our brave, fearless, daring and peaceable warrior.

Chasey-boy’s CARS themed birthday party!

Me (months ago): Chase, what kind of birthday party would you like to have?

Chase: A Lightning McQueen party!

From that moment on I began to envision how I would put together a Cars themed birthday party. Don’t get me wrong, I find party planning a joy (hosting it, not so much haha) but when it came to this theme I was lacking in the inspiration department.  How Does She?’s blogpost said it best when she wrote and said, “Commercialized theme parties are hard to pull off without looking,…um,…commercialized.”  My thoughts exactly. At the end of May, Chase really got into Superman (not sure how, he just has a cup and a book, and when he’s a little older I  have for him a (thrifted) DVD that has a variety of Superman cartoons created over the years.) I was telling a friend of mine of how seriously tempted I was to manipulate the situation and do a SUPERHERO birthday instead because, that sounded way more fun to put together. I mean, if you have a pinterest account, you know what I mean… ;)

Anyways, I thought about it briefly but then went with what my sweet boy had initially decided. HE would {love} it and that was the most important thing. So I kind of dug up the inspiration from watching my son play cars- so we brought a cars mat and cars along, colour Lightning McQueen – so we had a little colouring station set up, watching him run around “so fast like Li-keen Mckeen” (as he’s grown up calling him) – so we did cardboard cars, etc. What fun!

Chase was BEYOND excited when he saw his cake. He spent time on Pinterest with me one day and helped me pick out his cake. He wanted a chocolate cake and one with a 3, a road, Lightning McQueen and Mator. I am a pretty lucky momma because my best friend knows how to really decorate a cake! She does the cake and I am able to pour my time and energy into other things, yay! (Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Chey!) Um, didn’t she do AWESOME!

We are always on a pretty tight budget and with events like this, it can either super bum you out or super inspire you. I chose the later (mistake I made last year was choosing to be a debby downer about it). Months in advance,  I went with thrifting for Cars themed things like the tires you’ll see below, all the way to a few brand new boxes of Cars themed crayons (a part of the party favors.) I also used free printables for the tables from another Cars party I found! And hit up the $1 store and $1 sections for any deals I could find in his party colours and theme.
He actually sung as everyone else did, hehe. Love this age!
Cupcakes aka Luigi’s Case Della Tires
Happy Birthday, Chasey-boy! Birthday boy wore a 3 (iron on) because I’m cheesy like that ;)

We did a tattoo booth “Ramone’s House of Body Art” and did temporary tattoos of Cars characters and also $1 store packs of pretty ones for the girls. It was a hit!(above photo from my phone)

Even Shai got one :)
(above photo from my phone) You can never go wrong with cars and a cars mat with boys and even girls, as I learned at this party!

(above photo from my phone)

I decided to just go for it when it came to the cars. Chase helped me chose which characters he wanted (we just did Cars 1 movie characters because it seemed more simple and I wasn’t sure how this would go.) I found the idea to do box cars off pinterest and free handed the faces and totally made up the sides/backs haha. Chase LOVED them!The races were a hit. I think we all could have done this for hours. So much fun and SO worth the time of making them. I actually sat painting the cars with my mom (she was a LIFESAVER and painted each of the boxes the solid colours while I did the faces, etc) and I asked her if I was being ridiculous in this party planning and how much I was enjoying it. She replied and told me she was the same way and that she didn’t think I was. I get it from her. My mom threw the BEST, most creative and fun birthday parties for us as we grew up. She’s my inspiration!
This year we asked friends and family for gifts that inspired creativity whether it be puzzles, books, colouring books, paint, playdoh… not going to lie, I am pretty excited about the gifts he got. We’ve had a ton of fun already!
While the kiddos were distracted by Chase opening gifts, the guys took full advantage and raced. HAHA!

Thought it would be fitting to make this shirt for Shailo. Go, Brother, Go! :)
Happy birthday, Chasey-boy! So many things to be said about you and our 3 years with you. Post soon.