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Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Safari Luau

A Splashing-WILD and very happy 4th birthday

for Brayden!

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It was so much fun to plan Brayden’s birthday party this year!  I knew I wanted to do something he would really enjoy, yet keep it simple, small, and super cute.  He LOVES swimming and being outside.  Although, we have had a swim party in the past for him, he is now at an age where he is way more independent in the water.  He can take advantage of the fun there is to be had. 

Here is the invite!

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Lots of bright animal print details added the ‘safari’ feel to a typical little luau.  On his party favors, I added “mahalo” in  a message, which means “thank you” in Hawaiian.  I used my Chicka-Chicka Boom Boom Tree from school and spelled B’s name out in foamy zebra letters for a table center piece!  Fun! Right?  I made simple cute labels for munchies you couldn’t see (due to being in the zebra containers), like “limbo sticks” for pretzel sticks and “Goldfish” for….you got it! Goldfish!:) Oh and the food tent you see in middle of collage, I found at Target in the DOLLAR bins.  They are like mini net umbrellas that fit perfectly over food plates.  What a find!  Perfect for keeping flies off food and keeping the whole luau cuteness theme going.  The cupcake toppers I made to coordinate with his invites and of course had little stickers made with his adorable smile on them.  Both the photo stickers and palm tree stickers were 1 1/2 inch in diameter and I punched out tan and black cardstock 2 inch scalloped circles to stick them on.  Easy! I used the left over “smile” stickers on his party favor bags.  They included: safari kaleidoscope, animal print sunglasses, animal print snap bracelet, and bouncy ball.

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We had some wild animal print leis too!

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The Simple Set up

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Cousin Tristan and Uncle Lloyd

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Ella and Mommy Megan

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Peyton and Cullen…TWINS!

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Cousins Dylan and Carson

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Mitchell Family

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Sister Nealy and friend Lauren

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Happy Birthday Singing!

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More FUN in the SUN!

BFF, Mandy and me

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JAWS…get the tune right before Jaws strikes in your head!

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Mahalo to our Friends and Family!

We had such a wonderful time celebrating with you all.  The best part of the party was the Brayden TOTALLY enjoyed himself so much!  When we asked him if he had a good time, he said, “I had a GREAT time and my birthday party!”  That makes me so happy!  We couldn’t have done it without you! 

Grandad and Gran

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Sis and me

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Sis and Mandy

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Jesse and me

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Goodbye and Birthday Hug! 

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Brayden made out like a bandit!  We came home and he opened all his gifts.  He was so thrilled!:)  How blessed he is to have such amazing friends and family.  I know he felt special!

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Priscilla said...

this is a great representation of the day!!! a great time had by all!!! happy b-day Brayden!!! love, aunt Pia

Anonymous said...

stumbled across your blog. you sure did think of all the details. very creative and well planned. seems like hard work but if this is something you enjoy, why not? lucky little boy. gorgeous family.

Mommie Couture said...

WOW! This was the BEST birthday ever! The theme was so adorable and all your creative touches made it even more perfect. So awesome! PS What camera do you have? Your pictures are crystal clear!

Yomaida said...

Thanks Jennifer! I was worried going with animal print for a boy's party but, bc I included the safari animal kaleidoscopes and blue...it was all good. :)

I have a Canon 7D. I think it's more the lens that helps clarity and it's a Canon 50mm 1.4f. I SO appreciate you taking notice. I'm a little self critical, only bc I am with almost anything I do...:)
Anyway, Happy Blogging Friend!

erica harris said...

i love the invitation, how/where can i purchase them!