Celebrating the Young and The Young at Heart
On Saturday, we were honored to be part of the 1 year celebration of sweet little Ben Woolley. Now you may remember from my blog posts HERE, that Ben is the son of my best friend Jen Woolley who we prayed for tirelessly over the few last years. And now, one year later, we are celebrating his birthday! How fun to be born on St. Patrick's Day?
The boys made hats at their gymnastics camp on Friday. They were so proud of them when we showed up to pick them up and they actually asked to wear them to the party on Saturday! Of course, mom had to steal those sweet little "Irish" kisses too!
|Their hats they made at camp|
|Favors were little cookies shaped like cameras|
|Everyone brought a note for Ben to open on his 18th birthday|
|How cute are those apples!|
|Can we go jump!|
|Look at the garage transformed|
|My favorite touch - look at the banner made from her photos taken every month!|
|Month 1 to..|
|The boys with Ben (and his daddy)|
|Ben's beautiful mom Jen|
|Photo booth! Do you love it? It had tons of props|
and remote control for pictures
|Love love this! Can't wait to the Riley silly pics|
|Time for cupcakes!|
|Beautiful Woolley Family|
|Riley boys in some cupcake action|
|Dad talked him into touching his nose.. it was blue!|
|Mommy wash my hands!|
|Perfect craft.. photo frames!|
|Beckett and Eli's designs|
Several of our touches came from Pinterest, but some we thought of ourselves.
|The banner I made, love using tulle with it this time|
|A bucket of beads greeted our guest|
|A bottle of "Bin 40" for all the guest to sign for Curtis to take home|
|Our facts about how old Curtis is!|
We downloaded lots of old pictures onto my digital frame. Do you love the buckets on each side! Ha!
For the boys 1st birthday I did a tree with pictures hanging so we just used that same idea for the centerpiece of our "death by chocolate" table. It turned out great. I got the idea for marshmellow pops Our Best Bites.. they are like fake cake pops! I had the bucket from another party, so with a little craft paper, cricut action, and backet filler from Dollar Tree we were ready to roll on those cute inexpensive treats. McCalle made the CUTEST graveyard cake. And... homemade oreo cookies! A tray of chocolate dipped rice krispy pops from Twig and Thistle finished off a great table!
Justin and Mike had way too much fun cooking up the bugs! And the kids found them fascinating. Mine called them crabs!
|Look at this table.. with holes for the shells made from plywood and Justin's saw|
|60 lbs of bugs = 4 coolers|
|checking them out|
|Those are some big bugs!|
|Kids gathered round|
|Eli chasing mommy with a bug!|
And then the SURPRISE! We pulled it off. He says he had no idea. He thought they were coming over for a little get together with the Fryars.
|Trying not to scare the kids with our screams!|
|The Galloway family|
And then the party was on! The bugs were poured, the music turned up, the kids were wild, and tons of love and laughter surrounded the afternoon.
|Mike and Curtis's dad|
|Eli got some beads!|
|Me and the hot cook!|
|Justin, Curtis and his dad|
|Curtis and best friend Riley|
|Curtis mom and sister|
|McCalle and CC|
|Fun on the slide!|
|Gathering around and getting down on some bugs|
|Enjoying my plate from "inside"|
|Oh yeah! Thats good stuff|
|Daddy and his little man|
|Curtis with mom and dad|
|Just hanging with Beau|
|Curtis and wife Leah|
|Very special friends!|
|Sisters enjoying treats|
|Beckett enjoyed the treats|
|Fryar girls swinging|
Dog stole his cookie :0(
|Love this guy!|
|With his fabulous hostesses!|
At the end, the candles were blown out, the bottle was signed, necks were hugged, and everything cleaned up. We are left with the amazing memories. Reminders in every smile and every laugh of God's blessings of provisions and God's blessings of friends. Isn't that what makes life so beautiful? We loved celebrating these special milestones in our friends lives.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!!!