Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Nate's Birthday Parties- Carnival

This is the second half of Nate's birthday post. Along with the small Yo Gabba Gabba gathering I planned for Nate, I also planned a BIG Carnival party. It took me about 6 months to plan and even then, I don't think I had enough time. I was really pleased with the outcome. Like most party planning mommy's know, something always go wrong. In this case, a few things got forgotten but nothing that ruined the party....thank God! Everything was pretty perfect! Everyone, including adults enjoyed the food, games and most of all, the SWEETS. My baby had such a long day, so he wasn't as cheery as he usually is. But he actually did pretty well, no fuss, no fits. I want to thank everyone that came and celebrated with us! It's the best thing in the world, to know that we have such wonderful people in our lives....we are so grateful! I
especially want to thank my sister Amaris, cousins Jessica and Diana, for helping me those last couple of days. I could not have pulled it off, without their help. I didn't sleep for 3 days and even deprived them of some sleep....so thanks girls, you guys are the BEST!
Take a look at Nathaniel's Carnival. (the set up mostly)

The candy buffet was devoured! I decorated the table with carnival/circus themed nesting blocks (Toys R Us), vases purchased atMoskatels and the small pinwheels I found at the Dollar Tree. The tier stands I used for the cupcakes and cakes, I already owned. They were chrome and I decided to spray paint them white, to suit the table.

Favor Boxes w/favor tags by DimplePrints
Cupcake Toppers also by DimplePrints

I was able to use the printable package I purchased from DimplePrints on Etsy, for my centerpieces as well. Unfortunately the wind decided to come out and give me a hard time, so I wasn't able to bring them out, until the later part of the day. Amazing what you can do with a printer and Avery labels.
I loved the Sundae stand....people actually cleaned me out on ice cream. Most may not have noticed, since it was stored away but I purchased Thrifty's Ice Cream. For those who live in the South Bay area, know how yummy Thrify's Ice Cream is. I found 3 gallon containers at Smart and Final.
My home made game booths! (Ring Toss Above and Ball Toss game below)

Just some of the many prizes

My art table was also a hit! Most items were purchased at Michael's, aprons from OrientalTrading.com and the Giant Circus coloring books, at Walmart.

Balloon arch and all the rentals came from Heavenly Moments

Nate wasn't too happy to be in that bumper! LOL (ordered on OrientalTrading.com)
Nate, as well as ALL the little children, enjoyed the ball pit I had purchased on Amazon.com, so much so, it was destroyed! LOL
Stay tuned for the 3rd part of Nate's Birthday Parties post!


Anonymous said...

You are soooo welcome! This was just a way to re-pay all the MILLION things you (and Oscar!) have done for me! I am really grateful to have such a cousin (and family) like mine! Even though we're a Tad Bit (over due) on crazyness, you ALL have such a big heart and i'm glad to picture you as an older sister that i never had. Thank Jeannette you ARE the BEST Wife, mommy, and cousin there is out there! -Love Jessica<3

Anonymous said...

Loved the centerpieces, Nate Carnival Banner, cotton candy, cupcakes, favor boxes, etc...... Thank you for inviting! We had a great time.

Amaris said...

Anything for Nate the Great! I heart him soooo much.

Anonymous said...

I think your son's birthday party is SO adorable! Great job and thanks for the ideas!

Jennifer B.
Tacoma, Wash.

Diana Novoa said...

This was such an amazing party. I have to give you so much credit for being a great person inside and out. You really are creative..

Brittany @ GreyGreyDesigns said...

Super cute party!

Anders Ruff Custom Designs said...

I think you did an awesome job!!!!
Anders Ruff Custom Designs

J. At Your Service said...

Thank you very much Maureen!

Shanti said...

Looks like you an amazing job with the party. I wish I were that creative:)

A Lil Something To Remember said...


Anonymous said...

Great party I'm actually planning my daughter a carnival for her second birthday which is 6 months away

kristin said...

Adorable party! Where did you find the concession stand table topper used for your ice cream stand? I've been looking around for something similar for a baseball themed prty.