Friday, August 12, 2016

Eisley's Super Golden Star Wars 8th Birthday Party!!

Whew. Say that eight times fast. 
Speaking of eight, our 08/08/08 baby has turned 8! 
When she was born, I'd look at her sweet face and think things like, "One day you'll be turning one!" and "Someday you'll be a kindergartener!" Psssh. Eight
Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!
Also, I never thought I'd be planning a Star Wars party.
But that's what she wanted this year. 
The girl loves her some Star Wars. 
Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

And since it was her golden birthday and probably her last over-the-top party, I went all out. 
Or, rather, as far out as possible. {Budgets, people. They hold me back.}

Unlike with her 5th birthday party--a tiger theme which was a struggle as party stores don't have a tiger section--Star Wars is popular right now, so finding merch and pins for party ideas was easy. 
Basically, 99% of this party was already created and pinned on Pinterest. 
I am a giant copycat. 
Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

What, with the snack ideas and the puns...

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

There's almost too many Star Wars party ideas. I can't do them all.

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Get it? Get it? Pizza...Hutt
Lel. 

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

I wish I could take credit for coming up with Seven Leia Dip and Trooper Scoopers, but I can't.

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

But I can take credit for these adorable BB-8 Oreo pops! 

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

I made these following this tutorial, and it was really quite easy. 

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Use the force forks

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

I even laminated water bottle labels--which is a party detail that's overdone on Pinterest, but I'd never bothered before--so the ink didn't bleed. All. Out. 

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

And guess what?! For the first time ever on a big party day for me...it didn't rain!
And there was an 80% chance at 5 p.m. which is when the party started. 
Golden birthday, I tell you...

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Two Star Wars experts were at the party noticed my error. I knew it was carbonite that Han Solo gets trapped in, but I didn't know if it was spelled with a c or a k, and I asked Justin and he told me k {wrong}. Which in turn caused Google to "correct" it to Superman's kryptonite and it was past midnight printing labels and I didn't notice and the whole party was ruined.
Just kidding.
But these silly Jell-O jigglers were a surprising hit to the kid guests. 

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

When throwing a Star Wars party, how can one resist a full size cutout character?
One can't.

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley adores Chewbacca. So I got one of those too.
And did you know light sabers can be bought by the dozen? 

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Star Wars dollar section merch made this party possible. 

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Finally, I set up a little obstacle course out back...

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

...and set out some pool noodle light sabers. For light saber tag.

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Lastly, some Star Wars Nerf gun games.

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!


Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!


Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Our friends came! We even had a group of jedi-named sisters: Mara Jade, Jaina, and Leia--all jedi from the book.
Eisley's name was inspired by the band Eisley, which named itself after Mos Eisley, which is that place where the bar is in the beginning of the first Star Wars movie, remember? No?

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

The kids ate quickly and got right down to more important things.

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

But none of that is what will make this party especially memorable.
Rather, it was the guests who made this one I won't soon forget.
Two guests, in particular...

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Chewy stopped by!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

And a few minutes later, Darth Vader crashed the party!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

And they proceeded to charm and terrorize the guests.

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

That awkward moment at parties when a Sith meets a sidekick of the Rebel Alliance.

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

A group of fierce Jedi girls bravely battled the villain.

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

{Eisley, this is how much Papa Erickson loves you. It was HOT in that suit!}

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Chewbacca avoided the drama and posed for pictures.
{This was poor Justin in a Chewbacca suit, and believe it or not he does a mean wookiee voice.}

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley went incredibly easy on me and asked for stormtrooper cupcakes. No 3 tiered fondant covered Star Wars cake frantically being decorated the night before. {Justin hates how I get powdered sugar all over the floor and usually cry, curse, and throw fondant when it doesn't behave.}
I set them up all Mother Ginger style underneath Darth's cape.
Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

It was a perfect Golden Birthday party for my eldest, my eight year old, Cheerful Eisley!
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SWEET GIRL!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

You make us so proud,
Eisley Girl. 


Thursday, August 4, 2016

To Paxton on your 3rd birthday...

Dear Paxton,

Paxton's 3rd Birthday!

You turned 3. And I'm sorry your party was pretty mild. I'm known for my over-the-top birthday parties, and here yours was, basic and hot air balloon themed. Which is really more of a baby shower theme. But that's the thing...you'll always be my baby. Always. {Dun dun duuuun!} *Wilhelm scream*

So we threw up some hot air balloons. {And if I'd known that as soon as the invites went out that you'd suddenly turn into a Ghostbusters fanatic, then I'd have planned a Ghostbusters party instead. Because the first thing you do in the morning these days is wake me up up and ask for help putting your proton pack on. Next year...over the top Ghostbusters.}

Paxton's 3rd Birthday!
The hot air balloons weren't quite enough for me, so we had a bounce house too.

Paxton's 3rd Birthday!

There. That's better.

Paxton's 3rd Birthday!

Of course we did some awesome favors. Everyone got their own hot air balloon TY stuffie.

Paxton's 3rd Birthday!

You kids are obsessed with these things these days!

Paxton's 3rd Birthday!

And I threw together a quick, easy two-tiered hot air balloon cake.

Paxton's 3rd Birthday!

ALL the hot air balloons, by the way, had fake tea lights in the baskets. Details matter.

Paxton's 3rd Birthday!

The spread was simple, Paxton, and your father made a pork butt.

Paxton's 3rd Birthday!

And I adore your current set of Chiclets toothers, buddy. Your smile is amazing.
{Take good care of it. It won't last.}

Paxton's 3rd Birthday!

You aren't likely to remember this party, buddy. {Sorry.} My first party that I remember was my 5th, and it was at McDonald's, because that used to be a thing. I have pictures. And when I told your sisters this, "When I was a child, my birthday parties were at McDonald's!" your sister, Violet, replied, "That's disgusting!!!! I feel so bad for you, mom!!!!"

Paxton's 3rd Birthday!

And it's a good thing the first gift you opened, after the guests left, was this Stormtrooper. Because you refused to care about any other gift after that. Which means you should enjoy this Star Wars party I'm throwing for your sister this weekend.

Paxton's 3rd Birthday!

Eisley is turning 8. And she was born on 08/08/08 so it's like a SUPER GOLDEN birthday party. And that's why yours was a bit blasé this year.

Paxton's 3rd Birthday!

But buddy...

You are precious.
Paxton1

And I've loved every moment of being your mother.

Paxton 15 lbs!

Except maybe last week when you took a blue ball point pen to our BRAND NEW white leather couch. I wanted to throttle you. But I didn't. Because you are precious. And rubbing alcohol is a thing. And I love you. And your three years--since completing our family--have been amazing to me.

Love,
Mommy
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