Monster Machine Birthday Party: A journal of the day.

These past few days I've been feeling really nostalgic and almost teary eyed about how fast time goes by. It seems like just yesterday my youngest was doing a cakesmash photoshoot for his first birthday. My little guy is such a joy and has always had the best comedic timing. One time, when he was about 5 months old, he accidentally dropped the ipad and when i picked it up I saw he had typed "hj m[on;" into the search bar (I always think of that as the beginning of some of the most memorable things he has said to me).

Last year he wanted a dinosaur birthday party and this year he wanted another dinosaur party but he had new ideas every few days so I knew it would change. We landed on a monster machine birthday party, specifically Blaze and the Monster Machines, one of his favourite cartoons (honestly the kid could say "Let's Blaze!"before many other words and believe me it led to many embarrassing moments in public).

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We had a few scheduling changes so I literally bought and made everything the night before; I'm talking the cake, the decor, the gifts and loot bags. I made a large size Blaze out of a few sheets of bristol board and taped it to the wall with a special happy birthday message. On the morning of his party I heard the kids wake up and walk down the hall, I quickly walked out to see his reaction. He was excited by the balloons and then freaked out when he saw Blaze on the wall, letting out a loud steady scream ahhhhhh (lol I thought he was going to fall over). His older brother said “it looks just like Blaze!”

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I prepared the rest of the party while his older brother was at hockey. I set up the table, put out the cake and displayed the loot bags. The cake turned out a bit more rustic than I had anticipated, I just kept layering on stuff to cover gaps, but my son loved it. When he saw the table he said to me “why do you do all this?” and I said “because we’re celebrating you”.

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Grandamama and grand-dad, your Uncle, cousins and neighbourhood friends attended the party. You spent most of the day playing ps3 Jurassic park with the kids in the basement. The joy I saw on your face all day is something I will always remember. We ended the day scrolling through some old photos of you as a baby on my laptop and then got ready for bed. When I snuggled with you at bedtime that night you said to me “I love you mommy… for my birthday party” (another one for the memory bank).


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Harlow and Thistle

Hi! I'm Andrea, I'm a Momma, a Designer and a hopeless DIY'er. I love finding ways to achieve a lux look for less.

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