We just celebrated Sam's 3rd birthday this past weekend.
The whole three thing really snuck up on me. I know mom's say it all the time, but I really can't believe it. I feel like this should be his second birthday, not his third. I told him he was my big boy now, no longer a baby. He said, "Mom, I'm notta big boy. I just Sam!" That works for me kid :)
This year he had a Party Animal theme. The plastic animal bins at the craft stores are his happy place. Park the cart next to those and he is one happy camper! I let him pick some out for his party and hot glued on tiny party hats made out of craft paper, pom poms, and silver pipe cleaners. He played "zoo" with them non-stop the week before his party.
The streamers were a $2 DIY I'll share in a follow up post (click here for tutorial).
To make things easy on myself, I purchased the digital download Draw Together Birthday Set from the Caravan Shoppe. It is AWESOME. Well, everything from them is! If you haven't checked them out before, you absolutely must. The files for the background 3 poster, the Pin the Bow Tie on the Bear game, and Happy Birthday banner that you see below were just part of what was included. Super easy!
The last half of the party we had a couple of ponies show up for the kids to ride. I mean what kid doesn't like a pony?!! Sam. That's who. He went for about one ride and was over it :D But, the other kids had a blast and took turns riding Outlaw and Jack Jack over and over.
These super cute thank you cards were more printables and FREE (minus paper and ink)!!! What, what?!!! The cards are a FREE download from the Caravan Shoppe, and the envelopes are a FREE download from Jones Design Company from her valentines set. For the envelopes, I printed them out at 110% so they would be large enough to accommodate the cards. Toss in some leftover confetti so that all of your friends will hate you when their kids open the cards ;D
Confetti for everyone!!!
// SOURCES // number poster . pin the bow tie on the bear . happy birthday banner . letter balloons . confetti . stripe table fabric . plastic animals on table (Michaels) or this set . cake stand (Homegoods) . name candles (Party City) . thank you cards . envelopes . DIY mason jar favors . DIY ruffled streamers