Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A Carnival Birthday Party

I am in Texas right now accompanying my friend for her medical appointment and I did not have any posting ready for Tablescape Thursday. But I have pictures
downloaded in my laptop from my trip to Fort Myers last Feb. to attend my grandson's first birthday. I thought I would post the tables that were set up for the party,

Here are the cupcakes my daughter and I made.

My daughter printed pictures of Nathan from the time he was born and every month thereafter and pasted them on paper balloons to post on the wall. Below are the first 6 months.

Here is the "sweets" table in between the kitchen and family room.

Here are the following 6 months photos.

I have to give most of the credit to my daughter. She did most of everything and a lot of the decor came from her ideas. I just helped and did the buffet setting. My son said that she was the one who inherited my baking talent. Yep, I can really bake but not cook very well. I do try though.

Decorated marshmallows

Party favors for the kids and the cake for the birthday boy.

We set the dining table in the formal area for the main courses. Tina's sister in law created the banner.

I couldn't figure out what to put on the table but we wanted to make it look like a circus. I saw this red wooden box with punched animals on each side in Nathan's bedroom. It's actually a night light. I took it and placed it on a wrapped empty box for some height, and used that as a centerpiece. I remember taping balloons on it later in the day but somehow, I cannot find a picture with the balloons.

Then I swagged some streamers around the table.

The birthday boy hated his hat, lol, but he loved his cake.

They served shish kabobs, Filipino noodles (pancit), Filipino egg rolls (lumpia), veggies and home made dip and fruit salad.

The kids had a lot of fun. And so did the adults.

We had carnival games set up for the kids and they won tickets that they could later redeem for various gifts. I had to drink a lot of diet cokes just so they can have empty cans to use for the cardboard clown heads that the kids targeted with guns with ball bullets, lol. AJ looks so grown up being in charge of one of the game booths.

Nathan just had his immunization shot the day before so he was feverish on and off but he had a lot of fun especially playing with the ball.

Below are my three kids. It's very hard for me to take their pictures while they are all together now so I took this opportunity.

I had posted this picture on Facebook. I also took this oppotunity to have my picture taken with my three grandkids. They are growing so fast especially AJ. She will be a teenager soon.

I am linking with

Susan's Tablescape Thursday at

and Michael's Foodie Friday at

Thank you girls, for hosting and thanks to all who visits!


Entertaining Women said...

So many wonderful personal touches for a special birthday party. You've outdone yourself, yet again. Thank you for inviting us to share your precious birthday memories for this handsome child. Cherry Kay

lvroftiques said...

Christine Nathan is so freaking adorable!!! What a perfect party for the little guys!....Just perfect! Vanna

mississippi artist said...

I bet that was a fun party. Your idea with the box with the animal cutouts was genius-really fits in with the circus theme.

Diann said...

Hi Christine! What a fun party! Everyone looks like they are having a great time. And all the decor and food look wonderful. I hope your friend is doing well with her appointment. Take care and have a safe trip!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

What an adorable birthday party. The cupcakes and marshmallows are so cute, and so are the decorations! Your family is *gorgeous*, Christine. You are such a sweet friend accompanying your friend to her doctor's appointment. I hope y'all receive good news!

Ricki Jill

The Decorative Dreamer said...

What a cute party theme! I love all your very creative display ideas too. As usual, your food looks delicious. Seriously, your food always grabs my attention. You must be an amazing cook. I know everyone had a great time, as you can certainly see it on their faces!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Such a cute party! Darling decorations and scrumptious looking food! That first birthday is always so special and the little ones aren't even aware of all the trouble we go to. But you captured a lot of great memories on camera. He will love looking back on this some day.
You are in my home state! Hope to go there in a few days. Enjoy your trip.

Terri said...

What a sweet, sweet post, Christine! Don't you just LOVE grandkids? I'm off of school until August 8th so please keep me in mind if you hear of any blogger get togethers in or near Natchez!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds and looks like a fun day - thanks for sharing it with us. They do grow up so fast.

Richard Cottrell said...

What a party, looks fun for children and adults. As usual, very colorful and beautiful food. Thanks for sharing. Richard at My old Historic House

Willow said...

What a wonderful party. Everything looks so great and I can see the fun everyone is having. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Looks like a fun party. I love all the decorations. Those pop corn bags were a great idea.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

What a very cute party Theme. I love cupcakes. We just discovered a guy in the city who makes them home made and has his own shop. We have been there twice in the past month, they are that good.

Marlis said...

Oh Christine, pancit is my favorite all time dish. I have a recipe from my son's best friend growing up mom. I spotted it right away! What a delightful party for your grandson. Loved the cupcakes. What a festive event. Many blessings, marlis

Rebecca said...

Christine-what a beautiful family you have!!! That party looks super fun-I'm so into circus themes in the past couple of years! Also, your sidebar print is so similiar to the wallpaper in my parlor-love it!


Oh, Christine, this is so sweet...your little one's adorable! The party looks wonderful, such goodies and all the decorations are gorgeous, love the circus theme. Your family is so beautiful Chris! Love those cup cakes...what a great party for such a cutie! Lots of blessings to all of you! Thanks for sharing. FABBY

Wanda Lee said...

Dear Christine,

What an adorable cutie Nathan is! Congrats to all; looks like a fabulous time was had by all and those sweets and yummy foods.., Oh my!

Thanks for joining us for this week's TTTT an also for my 84th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two'. We always love having you join us. Your yummy teatime was so much fun and that lovely white teapot was especially charming!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

Really Rainey said...

I love this theme for the little ones! And I especially love the idea of using the paper popcorn bags as favor bags! Great job on the decor and the food! Mmmmm... Looks like everyone had a grand time!


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What an awesome party!! Thanks for sharing the pics. I'll have to get my daughter to look at these ~ with two little boys we are always needing cute party ideas! Nathan is just adorable as are all your grandchildren. Beautiful kids, too ~ I see where they get their good looks!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Ohh, I forgot to ask you what you think of our TX heat?!?! So nice of you to be here helping your friend out!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

pilgrimscottage said...

How FUN!! Love the colorful setup, and the food! oh my. I would have loved to have some. You have a beautiful family. With all the photos taken, your 1 year old grandson will be able to "remember" it.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Aw such a cute theme, it looks like such a nice party Christine! Great pics of everyone and it looks like you all ate well:@)

bj said...

What a beautiful family. I love these sweet photos. Yummy on the food.:)
xo bj

Brandi said...

What a fun birthday party! You have such a beautiful family. Everyone looks like they are having a great time.

Traci said...

Nathan looks like he enjoyed himself. Along with everyone else! All the kids are so cute!

maica said... that party really great and nice
..i love the cup cakes and balloons
..good job Cristine

*_* maica *_*
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