Wednesday, February 12, 2014

An exciting Olympic party

I am lucky to have my kiddos birthday one week apart and so far we've been able to enjoy a fun double birthday party each year - fingers crossed that continues to be cool!
Heather Williams (Has Williams Photography) is a local Pittsburgh photographer who specializes in photographing kid's birthday parties. What a genius idea!! 'Cuz a mom sure doesn't have much time to snap the pictures she would love when there's a mass of kiddos running around!  When she offered to photograph our party, I definitely jumped at the chance. I highly recommend you consider her as well!
These kids were turning 5 & 3 and they sure love a fun party!
 Their February birthdays fell just as the Sochi Olympics were beginning and so it was a no-brainer for this year's theme! My kids are totally into the Olympics and this was such a fun & easy theme to carry out (we had moved into our home 3 weeks prior to party date, so easy was a high priority here!) We decided to go with a regular red, white + blue theme, even though I know the official Olympic colors are slightly different. For the kids, USA was all that mattered. All of our guests were kind enough to join in our color theme which made for some fun pics. 
Even if you don't have a birthday to celebrate, this can easily be used as a fun gathering during Olympic season!
We started with some serious competition. Because these were at stake.
The sack races were intense!
In my recent interview with Olympian, Shawn Johnson, she suggested hopscotch - definitely a fun choice!
 The bean bag toss became a slight hazard for the one holding the bucket, (ME!). Luckily, no moms were harmed in the completion of this game.
 Basketball was probably the hardest challenge and those boys sure waited patiently for their turn!
We had a pretty good cheering squad too.
They sure were excited to win their medals!
Just look at that row of Olympic champions!
Simple Celebrations contributed to our fun party atmosphere as well!
Simple Celebrations is an event planning service that takes all of the work out of organizing your happy occasion. Whether you need an all-inclusive event or just custom designed favors, their goal is to create a unique celebration tailored to your needs. Simply let them know what you are celebrating and they will help create a theme and handmade details that your guests will be thrilled to experience. Check them out for so many fun party ideas + an Etsy shop possibly coming soon!
We loved the fun red, white + blue details that Simple Celebrations provided!
 They loved their "Olympic Torch Popcorn" (Trader Joe's Cheese puffs in ice cream cones)
We did red velvet mini cupcakes + white frosting + blue sprinkles and red, white + blue sugar cookies shaped into an American flag.(WAY less mess than cake for kiddos!)
My goal was to try to serve a complete menu that was without Red Dye #40. I don't know if I came through perfectly, but it definitely made me do a double take on all the ingredients I was serving. We used a natural juice for drinks and Whole Foods came through with natural sprinkles!
The big moment!
Favors from the wonderful resource that is Oriental Trading Company!
 And we say, watch out world - she's 3!

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