Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Orange You Glad It's a Party!

I just love parties!  Since all three of my boys' birthdays are within 24 days of each other, and since I am 6 months pregnant (with my 4th boy, yippee!), I planned ONE family party for all of them.  Aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and great-grandparents all came to the house
to wish the boys a happy birthday.

With three boys, I have pretty much done every boy party theme that there is.  The two older boys were also having friend parties (Bowling and Avengers themes).  So, this theme was all about my 2 year old.  This kid loves orange!  I don't know why or how, but since he was itty bitty, if there was an orange toy, cup, bowl, etc, he would always choose and seek it out over all other options.  So, a theme was born.  All decorations and food were orange!

These orange cookies were inspired by Sweetopia.  She has a great tutorial on how to create them.
I even added a little orange extract into the cookie dough, yum!

I topped these vanilla cupcakes with orange icing, sanding sugar and a slice of orange candy.

I covered my wall art with a poster board.  These photographs of the boys were taken by
my dear friend and talented photographer, Resa, of Resa Design Photography.

The orange cookies went home with the guests as party favors.  These candy jars with the boys' ages are so fun filled with orange gumballs, orange slices and sunkist orange jelly bellies.

Here is the dinner table of orangeness!
For all my family members asking for recipes, the links are below.

Mango Salsa with Tortilla Chips
Cantaloupe Balls
Baby Carrots and Orange Pepper Slices with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Pumpkin Mini-Muffins
Cheese Cube Skewers
Sweet Potato Fries
Macaroni and Cheese
Vanilla Cupcakes with Orange Icing
Sunkist Orange Soda
Orange Jello topped with Whipped Cream and Orange Slice Candy
Orange Sherbet and Vanilla Ice Cream

(Yes, I know that vanilla ice cream is not orange, but it was heavenly paired with the peach cobbler or the orange soda to create an orange dream float.)

Happy Birthday to all of my sweet, funny, loud, messy boys!

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