Firefighter Party

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I cheated. Totally cheated. Liam recently turned four years old, and he wanted nothing more than a firefighter party. Rather …

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Backyard Movie Night

We hosted a “Movie Night Under the Stars” and showed one of my old favorites Charade, starring Audrey Hepburn & Cary Grant. We used a projector to show the movie on our makeshift screen — a white sheet held onto the block wall with bricks.

Our lovely concession stand stocked with lots of old-fashioned, movie theater favorites.

We even had authentic paper straws thanks to Aimee!

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BUMP! Baby Shower

We threw a fun baby shower for our good friend who was expecting her first boy (she already has three girls). The party had a transportation theme and was a total surprise to Dana — we got her good! She thought we were having a small, belated birthday party for her husband Ryan. Aimee and I went all out and it turned out fabulous.

I borrowed the “Bump” sign from a local traffic-safety company. At first when I called, they didn’t know what to do with my request to rent just one sign. When I explained that it was for a baby shower, they forwarded my call to a manager who thought it sounded so funny that he just let us borrow the sign for the day. We brought cookies when we returned the sign, and I think they were pretty happy with the deal.

Traffic cone luminaries.

We had road signs everywhere…

…yes, even in the bathroom!

Traffic Light Flair buttons were the fun party favors!

Lots of yummy food including a “submarine sandwich” with pinwheel frills on top.

“Falling Rock” potato chips served in a plastic dump truck toy along with ranch “Dip” — we had a lot of fun coming up with the road-sign food labels.

Sea-Schooner gelatin cups made with Berry Blue Jell-o (it can be tough to find, but we picked ours up at Wal-Mart), an orange slice and toothpick paper sail.

The “Construct Your Own Soda” bar was a fun addition to the party. We had step-by-step instructions explaining to guests how to make an italian soda.

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