The nice thing about having his parties at our home every year is that I essentially recreate the same party but substitute decorations to fit that year's theme. I know where I need decorations, how many tables, etc. It's all just a matter of letting the creative juices flow. And let's be honest, I have Pinterest to do that for me.
All vendors are listed at the bottom and once again - I use the same people every year because I know they do fantastic work. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? We did have Chick Fil A for lunch since that was the birthday boy's one and only true request. I was happy to oblige because their food really is delicious.
I came across this blog post on Pinterest which served as my jumping point for decor. I lucked out when I saw that she did a flame tutorial on Amy Atlas' blog. Score! So all creative credit goes to Virginie from That Cute Little Cake. Thank you!
I always snag my florals from Trader Joe's the day before the party since they offer a nice selection and are decently priced. I went with the notion that I would grab all white flowers but as luck would have it, they had red, orange, and yellow gerber daisies. I cleaned them out!
The Target dollar spot never disappoints when it comes to party favors. I'm of the mindset that I want to give stuff that kids will actually use. Not more junk to clutter up mom's house. Bubbles, chalk, markers, and an activity pad were all just $1 each!
I say this every year but Ioana outdid herself. The attention to detail was ridiculous! Just look at the fire hat on the cupcake topper! And considering the only thing I told her as far as design was "sophisticated fire," she did an outstanding job. Yes, those were my exact words. Poor Ioana.
If you remember last year's party, I had my father-in-law park a dump truck from his work in front of our house. I knew I wouldn't be able to get a fire truck this year unless I called 911. (JOKING) So since I couldn't bring a fire truck to the party, I decided to bring the party to the fire truck! Sort of.
I had all our guests meet at the fire station for a quick tour I had prearranged with the fire department ahead of time and then we headed to the house for lunch, cake, and presents. The kids LOVED it! It was definitely the highlight of Luke's day - he didn't want to leave! And the firefighters were fantastic with the kiddos. I think the adults enjoyed it too. It was neat to see all the inner workings of the fire station. Not that they read this blog, but a big thank you to fire station #34! Best day of my 3 year old's life!
I rented a kid's table and chairs this year to see if it would entice the kiddos to sit and eat their lunch before running off to play - it worked! The kid's loved having their own "special table" just for them.
It was a great day spent with our family and friends. Luke loved all the special birthday attention and is still talking all about his " fire party."
Invitation: The Divine Invitation
Rentals (tables, chairs, linens): Create-A-Party
Banners: Banners by J
Firefighter Hats and Fire Extinguisher Squirt Guns: Party Supplies Delivered
Catering: Chick Fil A Brea Plaza
Cake and Cupcakes: Cocoaberry Cake Company