Thursday, January 17, 2013

Yellow Submarine Birthday Party

I am just now realizing that I never posted about Zel's birthday party back in November. I really wanted to share a post about this because I really enjoyed preparing for it and celebrating.

Zel LOVES Yellow Submarine, the movie and the music. We listen to the CD at least once a day. Anything he comes across that he can even remotely relate to Yellow Submarine, he somehow makes a connection. I knew that we had to make the theme Yellow Submarine. He was turning two, so I didn't want to make myself crazy with too many details or spending too much money. I feel like I picked just the right amount of decoration without going overboard.

I decided to do cupcakes after getting an idea from this pin, although the link in the pin seems to no longer work. I found a silicone yellow submarine ice tray on ebay and used it as a mold for the candy. I bought the Wilton Candy Melts in yellow to make the toppers for the cupcakes. I picked green icing for the "sea of green" and black and white polka dot cupcake liners to represent the "sea of holes." I displayed everything on a cardboard cupcake tower and decorated it with ribbon and stickers.

I used a yellow table cloth and wrote "LOVE" all over it. We ate pizza off of yellow and tie dye plates. I found some fun napkins at Target.

The goodie bags were one of my favorite things about the party. I printed off different images from the movie and glued them onto yellow paper goodie bags. I filled the goodie bags with musical items (whistles, harmonicas, etc), lollipops, and yellow submarine stickers that I ordered from ebay.

We held the party at a local playground. We wrapped yellow and red streamers around the trees surrounding our picnic table. For activities, the kids mostly just played and did their own thing on the play structures. We played the Yellow Submarine CD on a portable stereo and also did face painting. Zel got a yellow submarine on his cheek, among other things.

Zel wore his yellow submarine shirt to the party (which I also purchased from ebay) that he received the night before during his family birthday dinner. We also bought him the set of figurines from the movie. He was so excited! They were a little pricey, but I got a pretty good deal on ebay...and it was worth it to see him so happy :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013!

I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year celebration! Zel and I (along with Grandma) celebrated "Noon Year's Eve" at our local children's museum (We even made it into the video!). It was a little crowded but I think it was fun for Zel to see the ball drop and throw some confetti.