Cub turned four.
I can't believe it.
I mean, I REMEMBER turning four years old! It kind of feels like the official jump from toddlerhood to big-kid-hood. Wow.
For Cub's party, I wanted to utilize some of the paper lanterns I had used for Naomi's garden party birthday party last summer. Paper lanterns are fun and bright and I knew Cub would want them at his party, too. The day before his birthday, it hit me: An "Up" party with paper lantern balloons! "Up" is one of Caleb's favorite movies (ours, too) and I was so excited to elaborate on the idea. My Mom always put up our party decorations the night before our birthday and I've carried on the tradition. Phew, I don't know how she did it--I was TIRED--but it turned out great and Cub was so excited!
The house is a pressed-cardboard house from Hobby Lobby ($5.99, then 50% off, woot) and I painted it to match the real "Up" house as best as I could. So fun!
I pinned the paper lanterns to the ceiling using fishing wire and push-pins, and then attached long strands of jute rope.
(Over the bar...)
(Mini-lanterns/balloons for the mantle ...)
(Even the chalkboard in the living room participated! :))
My husband and I couldn't stop laughing when we saw the finished product. It was just so fun and we knew Cub would love it! For the party food, I decided to name each item after a theme or character in the movie. We had "Muntz Munch" (Chex mix), "Paradise Falls Punch", "Shady Oaks Apples and Dip", "Dug's Dogs" (Lil' smokies), and more.
And, one of the best parts ...
My parents dressed up like Carl and Ellie Frederickson! They were a big hit and Cub was totally stoked. I love it.
This is a framer.
After that, there were presents to open!
Little sister was eager to help, of course.
Caleb is obsessed with flashlights right now, so Uncle Andrew pinned a small flashlight onto a Carhart ball cap. Cub loved it.
Pajamas make it official. Four!
Another obsession: Garbage trucks. Oh my word, we talk about garbage trucks ALL THE TIME. So, G-Ma found one. And it is Caleb's new favorite thing in the whole world.
Lots of presents from aunts and uncles and grandparents. It was such a special party!
Caleb requested a "sprinkle cake" for his birthday and our local grocery store had these on sale--how perfect! He was thrilled with the sprinkles and I was thrilled that it was already made. :)
Oh my goodness, the cuteness. The hat, the cake, the garbage truck, the cuffed jeans ... love my little boy.
And, of course, the evening ended with some glow-stick fun.
Our family of five celebrating our big kid turning four!
A fun party with our favorite big brother. Happy Birthday, Cub.
Have a lovely day!