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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Gage's Birthday Party! 4 Years Old!

For the first time ever, we didn't host Gage's birthday party here at our house.
Also for the first time ever, there weren't like 50 people there! Seriously, so many people couldn't come b/c of flu or flu-type symptoms. That's okay. We'd rather have leftovers & stay well!

In true Darnin' fashion---Gage's cake looked AWESOME.





{what we thought about a little after-the-fact: fondant is awesome looking...but kids really like icing, and therefore fondant is not so much of a hit with the kids at parties...we're just sayin'...}





In true celebratory fashion, I totally dressed up like a "cowgirl".
...lighting the candles...{which he blew out before the song was over...}






The best little happy face!






We also did a pinata on the nearby basketball court...


His legs fell off first...



After that...the whole candy-&-toy-filled torso fell.
Few tips for the pinata novices out there...{you know, b/c I just learned the hard way}
1. Check out the pinata prior to purchase. How large or not-large is the candy holding area? Ours was a cool cowboy pinata, but it turns out that it barely had any room for treats inside...
2. Check out the party area prior to the party. I just ASSUMED that because there were trees all around, that one would be perfect for the pinata. Not so much. We ended up doing a pinata on the basketball court.
3. Even if you feel inclined to stuff the pinata full-full-full, refrain from doing so. It makes it harder to bust open apparently.

So, the whole torso fell to the ground, and the kids got to rip it open.
Which brings me to novice tip #4.
4. Kids love bouncy balls. So, when you see a 98-piece bouncy-ball set at the party store, it may seem like a cool idea to put those in the pinata. Right? Because kids love them. Well, when the pinata gets busted open or torn open----98 bouncy balls in this case hit a basketball court & went EVERYWHERE. So, I'm still kind of on the fence about this. Do it b/c it creates a cool effect, or avoid it because they bounce & roll off everywhere....

The party was fun. Gage had a good time & it didn't rain!
It was sooooooooooooooooo much easier to have a party at a designated location, rather than here at our house.

At the end of the party, when the guests had all gone....I took my braids out, and according to my mom---looked like a cocker spaniel!


And in Gage's big heart fashion, he set his birthday balloons free---sending them to Eddie in Heaven.


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14 Comments:

At 5:23 PM , Anonymous mama2roo said...

Okay, theres a picture you included that makes me wonder if there's something you haven't told us?! Feel free to delete or not publish this comment...just curious, nosy, etc. :)

 
At 5:44 PM , Blogger Mrs.G said...

I totally was wondering the same thing when looking at the picture....

 
At 6:23 PM , Blogger TwinsanityMom said...

Me too!! I was just going to ask :)

 
At 8:39 PM , Blogger Zephra said...

Zakary had the best time (except for that whole wanting to unwrap Gages presents for him). The cake was impressive and the hostess was sweet as always. Thank you Gage for including us.

 
At 6:00 AM , Blogger JoAnna said...

Yeah. As soon as I saw that book I was like, Whaaaa?

What Up Lainey!!

 
At 6:33 AM , Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

No, No, No.
It was a gift.
Not to say that we don't WANT another baby, but, no, I'm not pregnant. He loves the Berenstein Bear books.

And----a few weeks before his birthday, he told me that for his birthday he wanted a brother, and a sister, and a baby for our house. {sheeeeesh, kid! Triplets???} Then I had to explain to him that if we have another child---it will be his brother or sister, but will start out as a baby, regardless of the gender. If we don't adopt, that is!

 
At 8:52 AM , Blogger NYC Girl said...

The party looked amazing! And he was so happy! I love the part about setting the balloons free! I'm glad it was a great day!

 
At 9:32 PM , Blogger Judy said...

Okay, your mom totally makes my culinary self weak in the knees! WOW! that was a great cake! Looks like Mr. Gage had a most awesome birthday all the way around - I've enjoyed getting caught up with your posts tonight!

 
At 11:55 PM , Blogger Chris H said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wee man! Looks like you had a wonderful birthday party.
I have learnt after being a Mum for 30 years that having the party somewhere other than your own home is the way to go!

 
At 12:28 PM , Blogger Pregnantly Plump said...

Happy Birthday Gage! Looks like a really great party!

 
At 3:15 PM , Blogger Rikki said...

So sorry we missed it!!!! Looked like a great time and I LOVE THE CAKE!!! Fondant doesnt taste good but it looks good! =)Wish she lived closer, she could do Rachel's cake! =)

 
At 9:10 PM , Blogger Papa Bradstein said...

Happy Birthday, Gage--and Mommy and Daddy, since it took all three of you to create a birthday. I had the same question about the book and pored over past blog posts before finding the answer here. I've missed a few things in the last couple of weeks, but I guess that's not one of them.

 
At 7:16 PM , Blogger Kristin said...

What a fabulous cake. I LOVE his name btw!

 
At 9:32 PM , Blogger Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Aw, Happy birthday to Gage! And how freaking awesome are those cakes?!? Did you make those? Fun!

 

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