One of my closest friends, Lauren, and I teamed up to throw Chase and Claire a sixth birthday party because these two sweet BFFs requested a combo birthday party like the dragons and unicorns pool party we threw for them when they turned three… THREE years ago. Man oh man, time sure does fly.
Lauren and I divided up party planning duties, catering to each of our strengths, and it made everything a breeze. Combo birthday parties are the way to go!
(I told you this ridiculous palm tree drink pool would become a party staple for us. It’s just so perfectly tacky.)
I ordered matching small cakes in an ombré teal beach wave design for Chase and Claire and a bunch of cupcakes from Publix (all of the toppers were from Amazon) and cannot recommend their cakes and cupcakes enough! The two mini cakes were so affordable (I think they were only like $15!) and Chase and Claire seemed psyched with how they turned out.
The party took place in Lauren’s backyard which is just a dream for hosting a bunch of kids. We had a giant water slide bounce house set up — great for beating the July heat! — and the kids had fun splashing around, taking turns whacking a piñata and running all over the yard.
When I asked Chase about his favorite part of his birthday party, he didn’t miss a beat and said, “Catching a toad.”
Not the bounce house. Not his friends and family. Not his cake or presents. The TOAD. He is our Creature Man through and through. His comment also serves as a perfect reminder that kids don’t need a lot to be happy. Just give them some sunshine and nature!
Our two younger boys had fun celebrating their older brother in their own ways… Ryder by eating fistfuls of icing and Rhett by napping through the whole party.
It was such a fun day and we loved celebrating Chase and Claire!
As for the rest of the weekend, the boys were in heaven with Nona in town again.
She surprised Chase and Ryder with a water bounce house for their birthdays proving, yet again, to blow their minds with her creative and generous gifts.
It was so great to have her in town not only to attend Chase’s birthday party and celebrate with us but also to just have more time together after a year of not seeing each other very often due to the pandemic.
We also managed to sneak in a few fun activities after Chase’s birthday party and on Sunday morning we took our gang to Discovery Place in the city.
We recently renewed our membership and our boys just adore this place. Rhett was in total monkey see monkey do mode and tried his best to keep up with his big brothers and do everything they were doing. He’s a baby on the move these days!!
On Sunday evening, we wrapped up our weekend with some post-dinner swimming in the lake.
Our boys were in heaven when a little girl let them borrow her kid-size yellow kayak and they paddled all over the place!
We wrapped up our weekend with homemade fig ice cream and it was the perfect way to round out our Sunday.
And now I’m off to get this weekday rockin’. We have a pool playdate planned with friends today and Chase’s *real* birthday is on Thursday. My friend Merri is also coming to visit later this week so it should be a good one all around.
Have a great Tuesday, my friends!