Blaze and the Monster Machines Inspired 5th Birthday- Mrs. Bishop

This year- being a BIG birthday for my little man, I had every intention of throwing a BIG party. Lots of frills, lots of people, handmade this and that. Lots of details. And probably spending a small fortune.


But after asking my little guy what he wanted- he of course just wanted a party featuring his favorite cartoon character…Blaze! And with the fact that our house is currently on the market, holding an huge (see: MESSY) bash seemed highly inconvenient.


Then, I thought, “the least I could do, is buy a big fancy, expensive bakery cake.” And my little boy said, “Mommy, we can make a chocolate cake with chocolate icing together?”


So, out went the big expensive plans. We had a small family gathering, with store bought decorations. With the most homemade cake you ever saw. And it was PERFECT.


I used his toys, which we already had as decorations. He helped me make up cute-sy names for the snacks.IMG_5418

We kept it simple.


I didn’t stress.


NONE of the snacks were handmade…other than hot dogs, popcorn, and pasta salad (not pictured). Which might be the best food for when feeding a crowd anyway!


Also- snacks like these are the best for grazing and feeding your faces while standing around chatting with friends and family.


This was definitely the most stress-free party I have ever planned in my life.


Does this guy look like he minded at all?IMG_5422

It wasn’t Pinterest-worthy. The pictures aren’t flawless. The food wasn’t beautiful. But, it was tasty and it filled our bellies.IMG_5501This happy boy still got to unwrap lots of fun gifts from the sweet family that loves him well.


And blow out candles on a cake, that he was so proud to have helped with.

I loved this year’s party. It was relaxing and fun. I didn’t run around like a crazy person trying to make it perfect. We had a good time.

When we layed our stinker-boy down for bed, I heard him giggling for at least 30 minutes. I’m sure he was reliving all of the fun moments he had throughout the day.

What more could I ask for?




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