Red’s 4th birthday was a few weeks ago, and I didn’t get my act together to post any photos! We were happy to start celebrating early with a visit from Nonna. She helped us get the nursery all set up for Baby Girl and even decorate Red’s room with an actual theme to match his interests and his new big boy furniture. (More on this coming soon!) T joined the fun a few days before the party and made sure to take Red on a birthday ice cream trip and nom on vanilla and sprinkles. (Red is super into sprinkles)
Having just moved into our new house a month prior, we were scrambling to get all our boxes unpacked, pictures hung and everything cleaned up. Nonna and T were HUGE helps on that front. We were hanging curtains, washing new linens, staging all the bookshelves and running to Home Depot every other day for more supplies. For that reason, I send out evites instead of real invitations and went with a simple theme by request of the birthday boy: “Sharks and Sprinkles.” The kid had been replying to the question What do you want for your birthday with one simple answer: “A big sprinkles cake!” (See the running theme?!?) Ask, and ye shall receive. I ordered a small sheet cake with sprinkles and some underwater ornaments; Red was thrilled with his Nemo and stingray.
For his big present, Chase and I decided that he needed to move on from his hard-to-pedal tricycle to a big boy bike. He had seen tons of them at Play It Again Sports (all sports consignment, which we love!) and our new neighbors had bikes with training wheels that he was clamoring to ride. With our Avengers party having just passed, we chose a Captain America themed bike (it was a GREAT deal) that came with training wheels, lots of decals and even it’s own shield. To say that it was perfect would have been an understatement.
We asked Red to close his eyes and guided him outside. After the “3, 2, 1!” countdown, he gasped and fawned and was immediately on top of the bike. A quick seat adjust from Chase and T put him on the driveway and learning how to really pump the pedals. Even now, just a few weeks later, he’s mastered pedaling, is learning his brakes, and steers like a champ.
All in all, Red was really happy on his big day, with with a simple theme (no crafts!) and plenty of fabulously grilled food from my master griller (Thanks, Chase!! <3), it was a stressless, wonderful day with tons of family and friends. That’s all I can ask for. What gift have you given your child that really blew them away?