Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Family Fun Bucket List: Connor's Pumpkin Painting Party

This past weekend, we celebrated Connor's 2nd (!!) birthday with a Pumpkin Painting Party. When planning this special party for our guy, I wanted to incorporate his love for crafts along side he new obsession of pumpkins. Fun side story: it doesn't matter if there is one pumpkin or an entire field full, Connor always refers to it as a pumpkin patch. He is totally in love with all things pumpkin! 

So when putting together our Family Full Bucket List, I knew that the task "carve or paint a pumpkin" would be the one item on our list with the most meaning. 


To celebrate Connor's birthday, I kept the party small and simple. I decided to host a play date type of party instead of a large party with typical birthday shenanigans. We invited a handful of friends over on Saturday from 10-12. If this time of day works for you, I say go with it. Planning was much more hassle free and we were able to then keep the remainder of our day free for family events and errands. 

For snacks, we served fruit, muffins and donuts along with apple and orange juice. It was perfect for that time of day and it was easy for us to put together the morning of. Decorations were just a handful of pumpkins and balloons through the house and outside along with my normal Fall/Halloween decor. 



Each party goer received their a pumpkin to decorate along with a burlap bag filled with their own paint brushes and paint tray. Did you notice the apron C is wearing in the first photo? Each friend got to take home their pumpkin, painting kit and a personalized apron thanks to Goodies by Gram. I loved the way the aprons turned out and the saved the little ones from getting too messy while being creative. To get the painting started, we added eyes to our pumpkins, painted away and topped each pumpkin off with some glitter. The majority of the supplies I needed were purchased at Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann Fabrics.

A morning spent with friends, playing, painting and celebrating was the single best way to usher in our little guy's second year. I think this will be the last year I get to really call all the shots on what we do for C's birthday. His personality and likes/dislikes are really coming through and I'm sure next year will be either Jake, trains or Paw Patrol. What can I say? #boyMom problems!

Are you checking things off your Fall bucket list? We have a lot of fun coming up and I can't wait to share it with you! 




 

34 comments:

  1. Aaaahhh! I love it. So much fun and such a cute theme. So true about calling the shots. Much after 2 that goes down hill but I have found that I am able to sway them a bit and still keep them happy. I probably don't have much time left of being able to do that with the oldest though.

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    1. C has a mind of his own already but this year, I was able to sway him. Next year, I'm sure he will have it his way.

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  2. So fun! Great idea for a party. Looks like he enjoyed myself!

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  3. This looks like so much fun. What a cool idea for a birthday party! Kinda makes me wish one of my boys had a fall birthday. :)

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    1. It was fun and easy and everyone had the best of time!

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  4. LOVE IT!! How perfect to keep it small and play-date-ish. And, it's so obvious how much C enjoyed his day. Awesome job, momma!

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    1. We were able to spend the rest of the day visiting with my Mom and going to dinner and playing outside. Best time ever!

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  5. That's an awesome idea for a party! I'm also loving the idea of a fall family bucket list!

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    1. It has allowed us to really make some fun family memories this Fall.

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  6. It looks like you had a great fall party! I love the cute pumpkin your son painted.

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  7. Great idea for a party and I love that you kept it small and simple! This year I refuse to do anything at our house, it's just too much work and expense. I think we will go to the local bounce house place, Hunter LOVES bounce houses and all I have to do is bring goody bags and a cake.

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    1. What a fun way to celebrate.. bounce houses are so fun!

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  8. Good party idea, way better than trying to actually carve the pumpkins!

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    1. I actually hate carving pumpkins so this was perfect in my book!

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  9. I love this! Thank you for letting us in on the fun! =)

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  10. oh gosh, that is a wonderful idea. I wish we knew more kids. I'm drooling over the idea of playdates, we've yet to have one. The group is working on getting old enough, but one day. We have a whole three kids invited to Aria's party. Keeps it pretty simple though.

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    1. Because of my Mom group, we know so many kids but I kept it small, just 7, including Connor.

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  11. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this idea! So simple and so fun! Love the pumpkin decorating, love his apron, and love the food selection!

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    1. It was the easiest party and every one had a good time. So win win in my book!

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  12. I love how you decorated your table! What a great party idea!

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    1. I let the pumpkins do all the work this party!

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    1. Thanks Lindsay! We had so much fun celebrating!

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  14. Such a cute birthday party theme! Looks like it was lots of fun!

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  15. Awww this is so cute! Such a good idea. Thanks so much for linking up at Come Along Ponds last week!

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