When it comes to putting together a birthday party, it can be a little stressful. Adam was born at the end of May, and Henry was born in the middle of June. Since Henry was born, we have always celebrated their birthday together because they were only born about two weeks apart. Oriental trading made planning their party easy and stress free. This year we decided to celebrate their birthdays with family on the 4th of July. We do celebrate with them on their actual birthday just my husband and I.
Adam loves the 4th, so he was excited that this was happening. I asked him what kind of cake he wanted, and he wanted a Garfield cake. I asked for the same cake when was about 13, so it was kind of cool, he wanted the same cake. Garfield cakes; however, right now are impossible to find unless you want to spend tons of money. It took a while for me to figure out what I was going to do, but I finally took to eBay and found some Garfield Figurines. One was pretty heavy, so I decided to go with an Ice Cream cake from Carvel. I thought it came out great! The cake was about $29.99 at Target, and we had a coupon for $25.00 off. The Garfield decor was about $30.00 and then the stuff to write on it was about $2.00. I felt like we still saved quite and bit, and he loved the cake. Although he did ask me, “Where is Odie and John?” Opps!
Now that I had the cake all figured out I could set the table and get all the decor I got from Oriental Trading setup. We don’t have a large family so burgers and chips were perfect for us. My niece thought the firework toothpicks in the burgers was really cool!
(Plates are not from Oriental Trading, but they do have plates you can buy to fit your theme)
All aboard! You’ll be chugging all over the isle of Sodor with this very useful engine! Thomas is ready to help celebrate your big day. The Thomas the Tank Engine Piñata is easy to use – simply fill this papier-mâche piñata with your favorite candy, toys and treats. Once it’s packed with goodies and party favors, simply pull the right string to release! It’s a fun party decoration that will bring smiles to little faces. Includes hanger. Piñata stick, toy & candy assortment sold separately. 7 1/2″ x 10″ x 18 1/2″. © Gullane (Thomas) ltd.
My boys are huge Thomas Fans! My husband works in the rail industry so trains have been a part of their lives since the day they were born.
This was Henry’s cake. It was just a store bought cake, and I drew on tracks and wrote his name. (Name was removed to protect his real name)
They really loved the big Thomas banners from Oriental Trading and they actually remain on the wall because they didn’t want us to take them down and I thought they looked really nice.
It rained all day, but I told the boys either way we were going to do the pinata! So we finally got a break in rain and we took the pinata out and hung it from the tree the best we could. All you have to do it pull the string and all the candy is supposed to fall out. After they pulled the string candy didn’t fall out. Maybe I should have gotten smaller piece of candy, but it was filled with baby kitkats and baby york candy. After the boys pulled the string and nothing happened they hit it with their toy bat and then their Nana helped finish the job.
Nana’s helping the boys get their candy!
After the boys had their candy it was time to prepare for the fireworks! I really loved the way Oriental Trading’s light up flag looked my kitchen window! It blighted up the kitchen at night and it looked great.
Light up your 4th of July party with this patriotic decoration! It’s a winning way to show your American pride and create a rad red, white and blue atmosphere at your celebration. Hang it above your food buffet table or group your guests in front of this fantastic flag and turn it into a photo backdrop! Plastic. 15 1/2″ x 3/4″ x 12″
Here is one last look at their birthday cake! (Names were removed to protect their real names) The Carvel Cake was a huge it. I never had an ice cream cake, and I thought it was really delish! We will definitely be getting him a Carvel Ice Cream cake for this birthday next year! I also just found out that it is Ice Cream month! So you have an excuse to go pick one up today! Check out their store locator here!
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