Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Grady's 5th Birthday: Welcome to the Swamp!

This weekend we celebrated 5 beautiful years of my sweet son. He asked for a party that included pretend (thank you Lord!) snakes, alligators, frogs and lizards. This mama aims to please, so we rocked a swamp party!

On a side note, The Buckmans have a history of unusually eventful birthday parties. You might remember, last year, we had Grady's 4th Birthday in the same spot, and it had a dramatic ending. And then of course, no one will forget Lilly's 3rd Birthday that ended with a rattlesnake bite and a hospitalization... So I was hoping for a quiet, uneventful, nice party, and thankfully, that is what we had.

I planned this party before the time change, and didn't realize how dark it would get so early. On top of getting dark early, it rained all day, so it was cloudy already before we even started. The rain and humidity was perfect for a swamp-like atmosphere.

 For our arts & crafts project/party favor, we made terrariums. Yes, I am fully aware that a terrarium is usually filled with tundra-like plants, and not at all swampy. It's ok.

Each family made their own terrarium, and then landed a family flag right in the middle. We put down river rocks on the bottom, and then gravel and then soil and our succulents, and then topped it all off with reptiles. Succulents are GREAT plants for kids, because they only need to be watered every few days, like twice a week. They are very hearty, and hard to kill.

Every swamp needs a fishin' hole!

This picture completely makes me laugh!
How cute are these boys?!

We served BBQ chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, chips, fruit and veggies. 
Nothing exciting or original, no clever names, just good ole' party food.

A big "thank you" to a friend that gave us these logs, and to my husband that cut them all to size!

By the end of the night, it was extremely dark and the kids were soaking wet. They were probably dirty too, but I couldn't tell because it was so dark. We had a great time, and were so happy to be able to celebrate this little guy, and celebrate friendships as well. 

Oh, how I love him!

P.S. I need to say a HUGE "thank you" to my friend Melissa for taking almost every single picture in this post! Without her, I would have been digital memory-less. Thank you my friend!

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