Monday, June 6, 2011

Birthday Party Time!

There is nothing I love more then throwing a party, well...except for throwing a themed party!!! Whoop-Whoop!!  I LOVELOVELOVE theme related parties, I love to go all out with them!

My Kate-Kate turns 5 years old tomorrow (Monday, June 6th), it is hard to believe, but true!  Soooooo, it was time to throw a paaartay!  Kate picked her theme months ago, then we rolled with it together, she has become quite the little party planner herself and comes up with some great ideas.  This year she wanted a "watermelon" birthday, so we went with that idea and added a "picnic" theme as well.
Welcome to Kate's 5th Birthday Party!  We normally just have birthday parties at our house.  We invite close family and friends, about 20 guests were in attendance.
(We missed you Aunt Julie, Uncle Ryan, Aunt Yvonne, Uncle Andy, Olivia, Aunt Maria and Uncle Bobby.)
I bought this Welcome sign for our front door a few months back at The Little Red School House.
The centerpiece display for the main table.  The front right has Kate's invitation framed, it was SUPER cute!  I also loved the sweet little ants who were snatching the picnic goodies.
THE cake, made by Grandma Andersen.
 It was delicious!
We did not use plates for dinner, but we did use them for cake and ice cream.  I found these adorable coordinating plates and napkins on-line for a very reasonable price.
Instead of plates we used little red baskets. 
Each basket included...
  • A piece of tissue paper
  • 1/3 of a subway sub
  • A bag of chips
  • individual cups of cubed watermelon with a fork
  • a delicious apple
  • Chocolate chip cookie with a watermelon sucker  tied with ribbon
  • 1 water bottle
  • Watermelon Bath and Body Works mini hand sanitizer
  • a napkin
It was the perfect picnic treat!

These were the party favors that were included in the picnic baskets. 
For those who needed a bit more to drink, there was watermelon juice to enjoy.  To keep it nice and cold we cubed up watermelon and froze it, then placed the frozen cubes in the container.  It worked great to keep the juice cold and fresh full of flavor!
Of course Kate had a watermelon dress to wear, and I always try to dress to coordinate :)

...and some super cute watermelon earrings from Claires!

 We had to include a few balloon bouquets topped with a giant mylar watermelon helium balloon.
 The cookies and watermelon sucker for a little extra added dessert.  YUM!

 I like to make sure all the human senses are covered, so I had to include a Juicy Watermelon candle to fill the house with sweet scents.
 It was a beautiful sunny 80 degree day in Michigan today, so we were able to spend a lot of the party outside.  Here was a balloon centerpiece for the patio table.
 Outside we had 2, 6-foot tables set up with red and white checked linen and 2 beautiful centerpieces on each.  The centerpieces were made will Ball jars, sand, river rock, white field daisies and checked ribbon with ants on it.  WAY CUTE!!
 The 4 girls had their own kiddy table that they were able to sit at to eat their picnic.
 After we ate Kate got to unwrap her presents!  She could hardly wait a moment longer, she was soooooo super excited!  Barbies were the hot gift this year, and she loved everyone of them!
 Cake time was after gifts.  Here is Kate with her 3 girlfriends.  Kate said her favorite part of the day was when everyone sang Happy Birthday to her, I can't blame her.
 Then she made a wish and blew her candles out!  And that ended Kate's 5th Watermelon themed birthday.


  1. All the library ladies lover the party pictures. They are always amazed at your ideas and details, Patty.
    Of course, we loved it too!!

  2. Happy Birthday, Kate! Thanks for posting all the photos. You have worked so hard to make Kate's birthday very special.

  3. It was a wonderful day! Love you all so much!! Thanks for sharing the pictures,
    Love, Grandma Kenna


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