Sunday, February 1, 2015

Noah's 7th Surprise Birthday Party

Noah's 7th birthday party was in his words, "The BEST party I've ever had!"
He told me he wanted a "surprise party" for his 7th birthday. I tried to steer him away from that idea, but that's what he continued to describe for his birthday theme.  I told him that lots of work went into planning a surprise party, and that we couldn't have the party at our home because he would see the decorations and party planning.  He worked around that and informed me that I could surprise him at either Discovery Science Place, Jumping Jacks, or somewhere else that I already forgot.  (Does he KNOW I just had a baby and this was going to be an epic amount of work and life force?!?)  BUT, I pulled it off...and it was totally worth it.  He also specified the theme for me: an alligator surprise party.  No tall order there, right? What can I say? The kid knows what he wants. I have a feeling he gets that honest!
This was Noah's cake---not my typical 2-tier, fondant covered masterpiece I usually do...and when I say, "I," I mean, "Village Bakery." But, Noah was clear: He wanted a buttercream cake with white icing and white cake with chocolate filling. SO that's what he got.  I did perk it up a bit by placing a REAL alligator's head atop the cake. That got BIG points from the 7 year old boys in the crowd! 
The spread
Every year since his 1st birthday, I have made cookies for Noah's party---this year was the year of the, navy & green gator cookies it was!

Gator cookies, gator gummies, gator cupcakes, & green jello (non-alcoholic; although, many parents requested that I re-think the whole non-alcoholic thing for the next party!)

All the kiddos got to take home their own gator hat. That was a hit.

Everyone seemed to love the decorations and the whole idea of surprising a 7 year old! I heard several other kids tell their parents that now THEY wanted a surprise birthday party.  I'm just glad it is DONE! But I'm mostly glad that we actually pulled off the surprise (thank you Paw Paw) and that Noah loved his party.

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