Thanks to the help of my sisters, my mom and dad, my husband, and my mother-in-law, plus several borrowed items from other family members, we were able to pull off a reasonably successful birthday party I believe.
Photo designz on Etsy. Great great value, and the printables were fantastic!
His favorite candy...these and Starbursts.
Homemade dill pickles.
This was fruit salad in little waffle cone bowls. So good, so easy, and so fun!
I was lucky enough to find monkey cupcake liners. Who knew, right?
The whole dessert spread table.
I tried to get the best deal on everything, and spend the least amount I had to while getting what I really wanted. This involved many trips to Walmart (the shake cups, trays, candy jars, ribbon, and colored table cloths all Walmart, and under a dollar each), Target (napkins, dessert and appetizer plates), Sam's (squeeze bottles, cups for the dip, red dinner plates), and more stores too. It was so nice to have a themed party, but not have it looked like Party City threw up in my house. My goal was to not have it look like that happened, and I am happy with the outcome.
We also had a Curious George bounce house from www.jumpforfun.com out in our backyard. This was the best money spent on the whole day! Our son was over the moon! He bounced and bounced and just had a blast. I highly recommend splurging on one if you have an energetic child like we do. It just made him so happy.
A gigantic thank you to Larry Berger Photography, who took all these dazzling and drool worthy pictures. A picture is worth a thousand words, and these all say "Yummy yummy yummy!!"
Overall, it was a lot of work, a lot of research, a lot of driving to a million different stores to get the best deal (I bargain searched, I really tried to do this as inexpensive as possible), and a lot of man hours. In the end, it was SOOO worth it. I think our son had a great time, he enjoyed the bouncer, the presents, the blowing out of birthday candles, and probably all the attention in general. Heck, for a 3 year old, I guess you can't expect much more :)
Happy Birthday Curious Liam!