This Boy is on FIRE {Fireman Birthday Party}

The set-up!

Fireman birthday – the set up.

Where did the time go???  I have NO idea but Little Man turned THREE the other week!  I can’t believe it – he is living up to his nickname these days…full of questions, full of adventure and ruckus, and quite the chatterbox.

I opted for a “Fireman Birthday” for two main reasons, none of which are overly sentimental:

  1. Because we had some of the “decorations” (hey, I’m cheap!) – the firetruck was a gift from his grandparents a while back, the dalmatian puppy we’ve had around, and even the fire hat was in our dress-up clothes stash.
  2. I have some themes I’d like to save until he’s older and has friends invited.  We opt to keep the party really small until age 5 – less work AND less additional toys via gifts.  More toys is something our already full-of-toys house doesn’t need!

Little Man was ecstatic about the affair – nothing beats a three-year-old’s reaction to stuff:

This excited EVEN after seeing the prep work.

This excited even after seeing the prep work.

He wasn’t able to nap from excitement AND I couldn’t distract him enough to stay out of party central so he saw the set-up before it was complete but was still over-the-moon excited when it was “all done, right Mom?”

I decided to make a home-made cake this time around.  In the past I’ve tried to do a”fancy” decorated cake (like this Ladybug Cake or Miss Silly’s Rainbow Cake) but I’m always doing them last minute AND I have not researched and/or practiced cake decorating techniques so the results are typically cute but mediocre.  One thing I can do well?   Make a cake and frosting from scratch!  So, I stuck with what I know.  This cake was AWESOME and I thought the mini-chocolate chips sort-of resembled dalmation spots – or at least thats what I convinced the kids of!  For the cake topper I made the fire hat out of paper and stuck it into the cake with popsicle sticks.

The Cake

I wrapped his gifts in brown paper and added simple “windows.”  Miss Silly added the doors – I dig the 3-dimensional effect!  Just a bit of red, orange, and yellow paper to create the flame and – ta da – buildings on fire!  I really, really liked this part of the decorations.  Plus Miss Silly helped which made it more fun.  She helped a ton with party decoration – as our budding artist she really gets into the creative side of things.

The gifts - all wrapped up!

The gifts – all wrapped up and on fire!

Notice the “Fire Man” drawing on the table in front?  Its a coloring book Miss Silly made for Little Man.  All but the front page were black-and-white drawings of fireman gear for him to color.  It makes this mommy smile when the kiddos do nice things like this for each other!

I got lucky on Little Man’s outfit:

Already owned - the first piece of clothing that he picked out for himself:)

Already owned – the first piece of clothing that he picked out for himself:)

Fireman overalls - found while thrifting for $3!!

Fireman overalls – found while thrifting for $3!!

Some more pics:

One happy mommy, one happy boy.

One happy mommy, one happy boy.

Our little family - so blessed to have our THREE year old boy.

Our little family – so blessed to have our THREE year old boy.

It was a great afternoon and evening. Grandpa & Grandma were able to join, we got in a walk, Little Man was really, really excited, and all of the kids stayed happy.  Can’t get much better…except for the fact we got to eat STEAK!  {Little Man’s favorite food - he’s not spoiled or anything, huh?}  This was a whole lot yummier then past requested birthday fare – think Mac-n-Cheese, Cheetos, etc.  Life is GREAT!

Thanks for taking a look!

Blue Skies & Blessings, Lindsey

This project might be linked up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES:

I {heart} Nap TimeImpatiently CraftyUnder the Table & DreamingI should be mopping the floorMaking the World CuterThe Trendy TreehouseSewing BarefootReasons to Skip the Housework Sun Scholars, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Funky Polka Dot GiraffeGinger Snap Crafts, Sugar & Dots, The Thrifty Home, Lil’ Luna, Th 36th Avenue, My Repurposed Life, A Creative Princess, Beyond the Picket FenceBe Different, Act Normal,  Classy Clutter, Flamingo Toes, Tater Tots & JelloToo Much Time on My Hands, Craft Envy, Blissful & Domestic, Cheerios & Lattes, Fine Craft Guild, The Dedicated House, C.R.A.F.T, Today’s Creative Blog, WTFabDIY Home Sweet Home, Pin It Wednesday, Navy Wivey Peters, Fall into the Holidays (Horrific Knits), The Gingerbread Blog, One Creative Mommy, A Lived in Home, Sugar Bee CraftsGingerly Made, Diane Rambles, Western Warmth, Serenity You, Homemade Ginger, Project Inspire, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple, Sew Much Ado, Easy Living Mom, Fluster Buster, Watch Out, Martha!, Say Not Sweet Anne, Ladybug Blessings, Our Delightful Home, Wednesday Whatsits, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, The Frugal Girls, Make Along Monday

“SNOWBALL” Granola Bites

Snowballs

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be doing themes during daycare again!  We started last school year doing a new theme each week.  That worked, for awhile, but then we added a newborn AND I got pregnant.  Two infants plus early pregnancy ≠ a good combination for a more structured program.  But I was gung-ho about starting up again after maternity leave in January – switching to monthly versus weekly themes.  That way we can really explore the topic and it provides me with plenty of time to get through the activities and crafts planned while still being flexible to the needs of everyone, especially Baby Girl.

The first theme was Snow(men).  We did LOTS of fun stuff – I hope to (but don’t promise:) to summarize soon.  For the last “Friday Fun Food” – i.e. Friday afternoon snack…always a dessert, typically the kids help me make them – I decided to make SNOWBALLS.  Actual snowball cookies weren’t what I was wanting – this girl needed some chocolate on a Friday afternoon!  I remembered these No-Bake Energy Bites I’d repinned from my sister-in-law and decided that was a good starting point – with my own tweaks, of course, plus a powdered sugar coating.  

The result is a delish little nugget of chocolaty goodness!

Snowball Close-Up

Want to print the recipe?  Just click on the image below and it should print nicely on 8 x 11 paper.

Snowball Recipe

Only “problem” with these is they are a bit messy – especially with 7 kids needing to be cleaned up after – but the kids and I all loved them.  Poor Baby Girl, who’s often in the baby carrier, suffered an unfortunate side-effect…

Snowy Baby Girl

As for Little Man, he was rocking the cowboy boots, a dusting of powdered sugar, and a super-chocolaty smile:)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The big girls managed to eat these without getting messy so I think these will make a great little treat for their packed lunches next year.

Thanks for taking a look!  As always, let me know if you give it a try.

Blue Skies & Blessings, Lindsey