Yesterday was my birthday…thank you for the birthday wishes (I could sense you wishing me a happy birthday as you read this!)…and I received an email that came from a website I had subscribed to (SparkPeople).
Now I received many of these “Happy Birthday” emails from my subscriptions/memberships…you know the kind…you open the email and it says Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day! And many times will include a coupon for you to use with that company (examples: I received a discount for a 2nd blizzard at Dairy Queen, a coupon for an appetizer at Texas Road House, a birthday bonus code good for 100 points from Kellogg’s, etc.).
Well this email from SparkPeople appeared the same, but actually was quite different. There was a lot of text to it and normally I would just delete it without taking the time to read it. I took the time to read this one and I am so glad I did! It really was a great message and one that everybody should read and internalize whether it is their birthday or not. So I am sharing this birthday message with all of you. Read it…be inspired, and as always, make today fantastic!!
Well, I haven’t blogged since Friday and it seems like forever ago!
The weekend was a busy one for us…we held a combined birthday party for our son Austin (3) and our daughter Lexie (2). They wanted a Peter Pan/Tinkerbell party. Sounds easy enough, except for the fact that there isn’t anything Peter Pan out there anywhere! You can find a lot of Tinkerbell decorations and lots of Jake and the Pirates stuff, but nothing with Peter Pan on it. So we improvised! Below are some pictures of what we did to help all you parents out there that may need some ideas for your little one!
We used a green tablecloth and green napkins for Peter Pan and incorporated pink in for TinkerBell. I found some cute TinkerBell table decorations at Target and then printed a couple of pictures of Peter Pan to tape on to them. I had some leftover pirate-themed and Jake and the Pirate decorations from my oldest son’s party last year so we used some of those things as well.
We made up little gift bags for the kids to take home with them. The boys were given pirate coin bags with pirate booty (coins) in them and a fun pirate compass. The girls had princess bags with pretty star wands and TinkerBell stamp rings. All of the goody bags also included 4 pixie sticks (“pixie dust”). I found a package of pirate treasure maps at Hobby Lobby as well…unfortunately I forgot to hand those out so will have to deliver those later to the kiddos! 🙂
We placed 2 tv trays up to place gifts on for each child. On those trays I printed off pictures of Peter Pan and TinkerBell and added green and white streamers for a little flare! This helped our guests know where to place the gifts and helped keep things separate for Austin and Lexie so they still felt special on an individual level instead of just combining everything.
We hung Happy Birthday Banners all over the house and had pictures of TinkerBell, Peter Pan and even some of Jake and the Pirates and Captain Hook (with Peter Pan) scattered throughout. We also added a few balloons as well.
As a final touch, we let the kids dress up to match the theme! Austin was Peter Pan for Halloween and was very excited to wear his costume again!! Lexie is a self-proclaimed “princess” so she of course wanted to dress up in her very pretty princess dress and tiara. She hasn’t quite figured out the difference between fairies and princesses…to her they are one and the same so we ran with it! 🙂
Our oldest son Logan got in on the fun as well and dressed up as a pirate!
It was a great day with family and friends and the kids had a great time! All in all…a success!! Austin even said…”this is the best birthday ever!” That is all this mom needed to hear! Thanks to all that attended and helped make the day so special!