Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Noah's Birthday and a GIVEAWAY

My "baby" is ten. The big double digits!

Because his birthday was a big one, we finally let Noah have a "friend" party at a local entertainment venue.  Being that the birthday was on the 4th of July, only two of his friends could come but they had a fun time.

This, however was not his only birthday celebration this year. As a matter of fact, by the time the week was over, we were COMPLETELY birthday'd out. But it was so fun that we are definitely glad we lived it up for him.

I was very excited to get an email from a representative at The Party Works  asking if I would be interested in blogging about their website, which I am thrilled to do. Throughout this post, I will be showing some of the fun ways that I made use of the package I received :)

I started a tradition a few years ago of decorating the boys' rooms for their birthday after they fell asleep.  Noah's room is by far easier, simply because a loft makes it easy to decorate. Last year I covered his loft with balloons. This year, I got a little more creative. Armed with the balloons and streamers from the gift pack, I patiently waited for Noah to fall asleep and went to work. He LOVED it! It is now a week later and only one out of five streamers is starting to fall but he is determined that they stay up as long as possible. I am curious to see who long they last :)

Another tradition we have is having a birthday breakfast followed by presents from us being opened first thing in the morning. This was because we were always out for fireworks at night. Noah picked out the Mario and Friends party pack so that is what I used to decorate his birthday table.

His present from us was a skateboard and helmet that he had been asking for for a long time. Just for fun, I also picked up a couple of throw away cameras as well. He used his camera to take a picture of everything the rest of the day.  Once again, the silly little afterthought present ended up being the favorite present of the day :)

After awhile, we headed out to the second birthday party of the day.  We lasted three hours and still came away with token cards for another visit. I am sure we will be back there again before school starts.

But the birthday celebrations were not yet over.  Due to a blended family, my boys are blessed to have a huge number of cousins to play with. So this past Sunday we had a simple cousin party for Noah in a local park with a splash pad. It was a very fun day. We set up a table and chairs under a tree and added a small scavenger hunt through the woods as well.  We went simple with food, but we still needed utensils with which to eat so I brought the remaining items from the gift pack.

So here are a few things I learned about the gift pack I received...
In the past, I have always hit the dollar store to get party supplies for all of our parties. I did indeed do that to make sure there was enough. But the interesting thing was that when I was putting the dollar store utensils in with the stuff from The Party Works, there was a definitely difference in sturdiness and the dollar store ones did break while the Party Works ones did not. Also, we noticed that the tablecloth from Party Works  was thicker than the dollar store one as well. The boys loved going to the website to look at all of the party themes and I was amazed at the variety. Actually, I was a little bummed since there was an Angry Birds theme and I looked everywhere for that last year at Aaron's birthday and couldn't find one. I will definitely remember this site for next time.

Would YOU like to try out one of these party packs for yourself? I am lucky enough to be able to offer a party pack of your choice to one lucky reader.  I know everyone else's giveaways have all those bells and whistles and hoops to go through.  But NOT this one. Just leave a comment below on what the next celebration in your family will be and which party pack from the Party Works site you would want.  I will draw a name on my father's birthday, July 21 (keeping with the birthday theme) to see who will win.

Yes, we had a blast celebrating Noah's birthday. The best part is asking him about his birthday and hearing how happy he is. Now we just have to get on him to finish those thank you cards.

So, refer a friend over for this giveaway if you can. I'd love to see some new names.


Melissa said...

how do you win this?

Kristi said...

As stated above, leave a comment on your next upcoming celebration and which party pack from the website you would like to receive.

The Bumbles said...

Well, that's easy - Sammy's First Bday party is on 07/28! That boy themed Little One pack sure would come in handy :0)

How nice that you were able to make Noah's bday celebrations so special.

Judy B said...

Acually my nephew (also Noah) is having a birthday party in mid-August. This might be a great early gift (for his mom). Thanks!
judychrz at gmail

Kaye said...

My birthday is next, but there will be no party for that. My hubby is turning 40 on 09/27 and my neighbors and trying to convince me to throw him a party, but I'm not sure if we will. The next party-worthy event that I'm SURE of is my son's birthday on October 1st. Lego Star Wars pack would be PERFECT for him.

Megan Sutliff said...

My daughter turns 4 August 21 and she LOVES Ariel, so we picked the Little Mermaid Standard Pack for 16 :) Thanks for this awesome birthday, and Happy bday to your dad today!

pmj said...

Tie Dye Fun
My sons birthday is coming upand these would be fun.

I like all the family traditions you have for celebrating your child's birthday, I might borrow some of them!!

pjames330 at aol dot com

Megan Sutliff said...

Forgot to add my email in case I win...