Well. Year one party for MAV – is a wrap. As my boys literally fight over cheerios in front of me I’m going to attempt to tell you how much fun we had at Michael’s Camp themed birthday party!
I tend to overdo things. I do sorta-well under pressure (ie, I’ll panic to those close to me but somehow pull something off – not to my perfect idea in my head of what it should be but successful in a sense). So I’m here to share what we did for Michael’s party.
We went with the camping theme because I’m obsessed with all things woodsy right now. I swear by adding neutral serving staples to my party pockets (ie, apothecary jars that have been to several events or cool cake platters that I’ll stack and use to hold cupcakes) and knew I loved the rustic things and could use them in other settings (Thanksgiving!!). So I’ve been scoping Marshall’s for deals on things like that. I’m also a huge fan of Michael’s who seems to have killer deals on cool things – and Amazon of course:
Target was also essential they had awesome burlap pennants that I was able scoop up every trip 🙂 We also took time to bake some amazing cupcakes!! Thanks momma mattes for the help we even did homemade buttercream icing. Not good for you, but better than the store bought junk! We made tons of oatmeal cookies, had smores things to go and of course the trail mix bar (using cool Chinese to-go containers).
Staying true to my roots I also made a last minute cake topper that I set on fire after this picture:
I have a pretty small house and was CRAZY blessed that the weather was spectacular. I prepared for it not being so awesome by buying an outdoor heater (and praying, a lot – but this outdoor heater is so awesome I will likely buy another for my patio). My amazing mom got a jump house that the boys went INSANE for – we will never not get one for any future parties it was that popular.
They had so much fun (so did I!!!). I envisioned tents of sorts as a front yard display to show people there was a cool party going on and my husband came through with these SPECTACULAR teepees! DIY! When I looked up what I wanted (Land of Nod) I was like “uh. no.” But used them as an inspiration point. So Thursday night my husband did this:
Just twine, super long (8ft!) poles, and painter’s tarp. SO. Fun.
The day of the party I can’t say enough how perfect the weather was:
We connected the teepee’s with my favorite lights ever so at night it was pretty magical:
Oh and put together a fire pit of course!
We also requested that guests wear their best plaid or flannel shirts! It made for awesome pictures:
But the best thing of all in this party? Seeing the most important people in our lives. Everyone who was invited and everyone who came, mean THE WORLD to our family so it was such a blessing everyone came to celebrate our special little guy! We had an AMAZING TIME!!
Until next time, from #CAMPMAV – Nicole waives you goodbye!
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