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Golden State Warriors Birthday Party

My youngest one recently turned two and we decided last minute to throw him a birthday party. He loves sports which is great for us because we are a big sports family. He particularly loves baseball and basketball and since the Golden State Warriors had just won the 2015 championships, we decided to throw him a Dub Nation party. Having two kids and not much outside help, I really had to limit myself in the party planning process. As much as I love doing it, I had to set some boundaries (or more like my husband had to :)).

I think the natural idea for any type of sports themed party is to do ticket invites so I had a little photoshoot with my little guy, added some blue lasers in photoshop and off to the presses it went. A friend had donated her laminator to me and I had been going crazy doing some DIY foiling with it. We also got lucky as USPS just released some awesome looking Wilt Chamberlin stamps. Also sent an invite to my homey, Steph Curry cuz you know, we tight like that. 😛

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 Since it was summer, we had the party at a nearby park. Everyone came decked out in their Warriors gear.

Decorations at a park are a pain so we just went with some simple blue and yellow decor. The fun part for me was redrawing the starting line up in this chibi-like cartoons. I really get a kick out of redrawing anyone and anything into these little characters. It’s a weird hobby of mine.

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By the way, my Silhouette Portrait cut these bad boys out. I never have to buy another birthday banner again, EVAR.

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Years and years ago, at the advice of a friend, my husband bought me a button machine for my birthday. Initially, he didn’t understand what in the world I would use a button machine for. Well, DH, it is to make awesome button party favors for our son’s birthday, obvis.

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Now let me tell you about this double shot basketball hoop. I searched around to see how much it would cost to rent this thing. Everywhere I checked was going upwards of $350 for 2 hours. $350??? I figured a used one on eBay must be less. Fortunately for me, it was on sale on Amazon for a whopping $160. Add to Cart. Done. Despite the brunt of building it and dragging it to the park, it was a hit. My son LOVED it. He couldn’t even reach it but he absolutely loved it. I’ll admit, my husband and I stayed up a few nights duking it out as well. Great for kids AND adults!

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 As my kids get older, there has to be a little more entertainment at these parties. We brought out our Little Tikes hoops for some toddler balling action.

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Food. Food is very important. There must always be enough, and there must always be a ton left. We hired an amazing taco cart guy who made their tortillas fresh ON THE SPOT. It was some legit tacos. We also had a few other more kid-friendly snacks. Would’ve loved to have made some basketball-themed food but time got in the way.

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Happy Birthday, little one! Keep practicing and most importantly, enjoy playing!!

GSW party details

Golden State Warriors Thank You Card

 

 

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Preston’s ‘Toad’ally Hoppin’ 1st Birthday

I have a toad’ally awesome kid’s birthday party to share with you! A friend from high school, Kristen, threw a fabulous first birthday party for her son Preston and was grateful enough to share with us all the wonderful details of the day. A lot of the desserts and decorations Kristen did herself! I loved how they came out with the theme because really it was very personal and apparently very Preston.

“Inspiration for theme: Preston’s love for a little frog on his Jumperoo at 4 months old inspired me to do something magical with this bond. Preston would coo, talk and drool all over the plastic frog for hours. No matter which way we would spin the jumperoo seat, he ALWAYS went back to Mr. Frog. This love sparked the idea for a fun, colorful, and classy birthday party. Much thought went into the fact that most party guests would be adults. With a fun and simple theme, I just let my creative juices flow. This was my first party, and I can’t wait to upstage it next year. The ideas are already brewing! Others who helped tremendously: My Mother, Maureen helped with baking and decorating. I also have to thank my fabulous husband, Brett, for going along with my ideas, no matter how crazy and over-the-top they were.”

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A cute humongo toad greets you at the door. You know this is going to be a good party.

green frog party theme
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toad welcome sign
streamers bunting
I love these little pails that people get to fill up with delicious treats. Get ready for the awesome dessert table!

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green candy snacks
green dessert table
Look at all those yummy desserts!

green oreo cookies

“Pond water” and JellyBelly drinks for the kids

Drinks for the adults

Their playroom is so awesome!

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The beautiful mommy.
Best mommy ever! She let this little guy go to town on his own birthday cake. I love his matching onesie.

Complementary thank you cards.

Kristen, I hope you do continue to throw more wonderful parties in the future!
Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

Credits:
Logo Design (Tad, the Frog): Design Moose Creative Group
Stationery Design: Kristen
Party Printables Design: Kristen
Frog Cake & Cupcakes: Cakes By Teresa, Fort Collins, CO
Frog Sugar Cookies: Etsy: CookieMamas
Muddy Krispies, Layered Jello Shooters, Drizzled Oreos: Me & My Mom, Maureen

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