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California Dreaming Birthday Party


When it comes to my son Aaden, who is now sadly old enough to make requests for his birthday party themes, I try to meet him somewhere in the middle. I can compromise.... I mean it is supposed to be about him, so even if it kills my creative soul to do a generic theme party I have to try to meet him half way. 

For his 8th birthday we planned on taking him to California, it would be our first family trip on a plane. We also planned on surprising him with Disneyland on his actual birthday. So naturally I wanted to do a California themed party-- but he wanted a Pokemon. The kid is obsessed! All he talks about his Pokemon, he has like a thousand cards. Sigh.

However, because we were planing on going on this big trip we weren't really trying to spend a lot of money on a birthday party. So it was more of a little cake cutting soiree, with close friends and family. But obviously I couldn't just do a cake....I had to add a little something for the wow factor. 

Ok, maybe I'm a little obsessed with the balloon arches now.... 


I just picked up some bags of balloons at Party City in his favorite colors. 

The Pineapple Piñata is from Target, as well as the paper plates.

I designed the picture banner using a photo I found on Pinterest and creating the graphics on Canva. I ordered a colored engineer print at Staples, they're the best it's like $4 + next day pick up!  

The cake is from Stop & Shop 

& I bought the little Pokemon on Amazon (as you can see from the pics he was SO happy when he saw them! teehehe

That's it! 

Special thanks to our friends & family who came, we love you!




P.S. stay tuned for all the pics from our family trip to California! 


Avery's b-boy spiderman party

Whoa my baby boy is 4! I still can't believe how big he his. He's talking so much now. This was the 1st year that he was very clear on what he wanted for his birthday theme. Spiderman! 

Me being me-- I couldn't just do any old spiderman party. He's really into dancing right now. He tries to breakdance and do some hip hop moves--- tho it looks more like interpretive dancing. Either way I love it! It's the cutest! 

So I really wanted to tie his new found love for dancing in with spiderman. I'm also really into monochrome modern parties right now. Once again-- we all know I love the color black #mymoodisblack ;) 

The big goal was to create something he would love, but also something our wallet would love. 

Here's how I pulled it off: 

That's it! I hope you loved this party as much as we did! 

It's really easy to get all excited about decorating a party, next thing you know you went way over budget! Don't be afraid to keep your decorations simple and minimal. It can still look great & I'm sure your guest of honor will still love it! 



Spidey Bboy prints, Avery's 4th Birthday sign & Thank you notes : Little Magic Prints

Spiderman sugar cookies: Comfy Sweets

BoomBox Pinata: Target

Marble Balloons: Meri Meri

Spider balloons, gift boxes, plates & napkins: Shop Sweet Lulu

Gold necklaces: Party City