Happy Birthday Noah!

My little man just turned 4.  Where oh where did the time go???  Since we were so lucky to be able to go to Disneyland this year for his big day, we kept the birthday party pretty low-key.  I still wanted it to be fund and special though.  He was turning the big four after all.  I wrote out a BIG chalk birthday message for our friends to see when they walked up the driveway.  Welcome, welcome everyone!

Our house isn’t layed out very well for parties so we decided to turn the garage into a super fun kid’s party game space.  To cover up all those garage things, you know, the tools, camping equipment, rakes and shovels, tools boxes and what not we hung up blue plastic table cloths from the Dollar Tree.  Such a cheap and easy solution.  These faux walls looked festive and stayed put with just a little duct tape.  We hung some colorful flag banners and filled the room with blue and yellow balloons.  The kids pulled the pinata strings and played pin the nose on the clown.  We set up a bowling game with the adorable Pottery Barn bowling set Noah got for Christmas and turned on the music for a kiddo dance party.  Fun was had by all!

Our blue and yellow theme came from these cute Paul Frank plates and napkins from Target.  Love Target!

I printed out Noah’s cute pic onto cardstock then cut them out and glued onto popsicle sticks for cupcake decorations.  I know, I know, too cute!  In keeping with our color theme, I used yellow cupcake papers and blue sprinkles on the icing.   I also made some cupcakes for our gluten-free friends using Pamela’s yellow cake mix… surprisingly delicious!  Just like pound cake.  Even out gluten eaters ate them up!

After a yummy kid-friendly dinner of home-made mac and cheese including one for the adults with andouille sausage, everyone was full and happy.  I think the birthday boy had a great day.


Dessert Tray

I saw the cutest idea for a dessert tray on Pinterest (from Joy’s Hope) the other day.  I thought it would be a perfect thing to make for Noah’s 4th birthday party.  The colors for his party were blue and yellow so I used those for the tray to keep with the theme although you could use any colors you wanted for your project.

I started with some silver trays and glass candlesticks from Dollar Tree.  Only $5 baby!

 You’ll want to prime these first to help your paint stick. Zinsser spray primer is a great choice.  It takes a little extra time, but really makes a big difference!  Now go crazy with any color combination you like!  I used some glossy spray paints from Valspar which I just happened to have on hand.    This would even be fun to do in all metallic paint for a more sophisticated look.  Fancy!

 After both sides have been well coated and the paint is completely dry, it’s time to glue them together.  I used The Original Super Glue Fix-All Adhesive.  This product worked like a charm.  It’s also available at the Dollar Tree so you can pick it up when you buy the plates and candlesticks.

I put a tape measure on top of the tray after all the pieces were glued together to weight it down.  I kept the weight on overnight to make sure there was a nice tight seal on each layer.

That’s it!  Just be sure to only put wrapped food or cupcakes in papers on the tray because it is NOT food safe!