A week and a half later, I'm finally getting around to the kids' birthday party! Jake & Mallory have both been rather obsessed with Toy Story for the last several months, so it was the obvious choice for our party theme.
As all Chamblee family occasions do, this party had a Haylee Cake! Haylee replicated this cake idea I'd found perfectly, & it was oh, so yummy. The kids had been rattling off every character of the movie each time they talked about who would be on their cake, so this was a great solution. The figurines allowed us to have fifteen of their "friends" included in the decor. Much to the dismay of a couple of their guests, we didn't serve the cupcakes because I wanted Jake & Mal to get to keep the characters. What is it that kids love so much about a cupcake over a piece of cake? Oh well.
Here's the whole table setup. Thank you, Mimi, for your decorating ideas & help! We went with movie-themed food & had several theater candies out for sampling. All of the kids in attendance were hilarious once they found the candy. You could tell by the look in their eyes as they stuffed their mouths that they were wondering how long this bliss would last.
I managed to entice them away from the candy with some fun games. Everyone took a turn pinning the badges on Woody & Buzz.Then they tried their hands at Toy Story 3 Memory. Jake was a wee bit eager, if you can't tell.This station was supposed to be Potato Head races to see who could put the pieces in the fastest. The kids ended up just playing with them instead of racing, but everyone was happy with that. Everyone except for Jake, who didn't like sharing his Potato Heads.
Jake didn't hold back in letting me know when he was ready for cake. Here's the birthday boy being sung to.Make a wish!And here's the birthday girl enjoying the spotlight during her song.Make a wish!
All of the kids were so cute huddled together at their little tables. Sugar rush!Our friends who are a bit too young for the big kid table enjoyed some sweets as well. Emmie & Charlotte are sweet friends to the twins, & I know they'll all get even closer as they get older & the age gap isn't such a big deal.
Finally - presents! We asked Jake & Mallory's guests to bring toys to be donated to patients at Medical City Children's Hospital, & everyone was so generous. I can't wait to take the kids along to deliver them soon! There was still a lot of loot from family members & friends for the kids to open.Once the crowd left, Justin & I gave the kids their gift from us. They each opened a basket of new sand toys & then were directed out to the back yard where they found a new sand box. Their party day happened to be the only nice day we've had here in a long time since it had rained a bit, so they got to play for a long time without getting hot.
After the party, their cousin Brody stuck around with Nana & entertained them for a while longer. They follow him around like little puppy dogs!Little brother was in the action, too! I love this pic of him & Brody.Pops & Mimi had flown in for the birthday weekend, & we enjoyed getting to spend a few days with them. Here are the kids reading a new book with Mimi while holding new toys & a new pair of princess panties. Mal is very into her new panties & marvels at their awesomeness often.
Jake insisted on having "the collectors," as he calls them, join him for snack time that day.
These floor puzzles from Uncle David & Aunt Debbie have also been a hit!
Their actual birthday was on Monday, & we headed to the mall to spend some birthday money they'd received at the Disney store. They each proudly lugged a huge Disney bag through the mall after picking out three new stuffed animals/characters each. Jake chose Lotso, Wheezy & Mr. Prickle Pants, all from Toy Story. Mallory settled on Ariel, Woody & Bullseye. Then we enjoyed lunch at their favorite spot & had a low-key family dinner that night.
I can't believe my big kids are three! I'm hoping to put together a post about each of them & what they're up to at this age soon.