On Saturday, we celebrated Smith's 5th birthday by having Smith Stadium...
Of course my bestie Andrea made these cute invites :)
Before Christmas, I knew we needed to get Smith's party completely under control because as soon as Christmas was over, we left for China and then we were bringing home a new child that would require special time and attention...so this party was planned two months ago. When I asked Smith what kind of party he wanted and he said "baseball", I kissed him! I don't believe there is an easier party to throw than a baseball party (and I need easy right now!).
Smith's actual birthday was January 18 (just two days after returning home from China), so we moved his party one week and celebrated on the 24th. My kiddos always have family parties and then usually I let them have a friend over too. Smith requested that Nixon spend the night after his baseball party, so that made everything nice and simple.
Nothing makes my family happier (and more argumentative) than baseball...so it was the perfect theme for a bunch of rival fans :).
If you've been around here awhile, you know I always do a birthday sign for my kiddos. My friend Amy makes them for me and I'm always, always impressed with each and every one of them! Welcome to Smith Stadium!
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love having such creative friends! My friend Emily made Smith's cake and it wasn't just delicious, it was spectacular! Look at her detail!
A house divided.
Cracker Jack and peanuts...baseball musts.
Everyone grabbed a bag of chips with their hot dog.
And/or they had nacho cheese dip with their dogs.
We had coffee...
...and crazy straws too.
I just can't believe he's five.
And don't even get me started about the fact that she's six.
Hmmmm...can I have a piece now????
We are such happy Red Sox fans! My dad and I started in on baseball (which we do every day on the phone) and were both giddy with excitement :).
The three big kids.
Oh wait! Who climbed up there when Paisley got down? This girl enjoyed her first Shull family party!
Blowing out his candle.
I love my sweet cousin Brandon. He brought his two girls while his sweet wife Casey was working. (And if you didn't know this, Casey is the one who makes all of my girls' bows. She owns One Stop Bow Shop).
My friend Whitney (who is also Erika's cousin) makes the most creative cookies! She made us a batch of baseball cookies for our guests to take on their way home.
Our family of five at Smith Stadium :).
For the party, Ashby wore a Yankee tee...but we're going to let her pick which team she loves when she's ready (she seems super smart so I'm not worried about her not being a Red Sox fan). (Andrew is going to have to get his own blog if he disagrees.)
Whew! What a fun time we had! I think Smith loved his party and I loved that it was easy enough for me to pull together a week after returning home from China.
To see Smith's parties from years past, here you go...
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