Mason’s birthday is really hard. It is right after the holidays and the weather here is unpredictable. Last year, we took him to the Jacksonville Zoo to ride the train, which he loved, and we all had a great time; however, it was freezing cold! We then had a nice party at my grandmother’s home with family and close friends from the area.
This year, we knew we wanted to invite Mason’s “buddies” from pre-school. We decided to have his party at Chick-Fil-A in Thomasville. Both he and Miss Julia love their nuggets, it is really nice and clean, and they love to play on their indoor playground. I figured this was as good a place as any to keep little ones busy and contained for two hours.
I cannot tell you how easy it was to plan this birthday! I put a small deposit down back in November to reserve the date and time, then worked with the store’s marketing representative, Tracy, to make the arrangements by phone. And the price for the party was extremely reasonable! When we got there Saturday morning, all I had to do was bring the cake and cupcakes. CFA had a hostess for us who had set up our tables, complete with a balloon for each child, and flowers on the tables.
The cost of the party included a kids meal for each attendee, ice cream after their meal, and a bag of goodies for each, which contained a CFA cup, a pencil and a coupon for a free ice cream on their next visit. We also had a special spotted visitor who came to our party to add to the fun!
Rebekah at A Blissful Nest created my party invitations and favor tags. She always does such a fantastic job. I usually just email her my theme and she does the magic. Without fail, her vision always matches mine. I told her I wanted a CFA “cow”-themed party, and this is what she came up with. I love how the invitation turned out.
For our personal favors, I wanted to get each child a book. I love giving gifts that have meaning and, actually, I ended up spending less on these than I would have had I bought numerous small token items. The book I chose for this party was The Story of Ferdinand by Munroe Leaf. The colors of the cover matched, and the story of the sweet bull Ferdinand is a classic. I also picked out two other titles for the girls, Kiss the Cow by Phyllis Root and Cows Can’t Fly by David Milgrim.
I also had Mason custom longalls made especially for his 3rd birthday party. I know I do not have much time before he wants to pick out all of his own clothes. So I decided to take full advantage now. A twitter friend recommended I use Charlie Britches on Etsy to have these made, and Summer, the owner of the shop, did a fantastic job. The longalls fit perfectly and went exactly with the theme.
My Sweet "Big" Boy
Surrounded by His Favorite Things