And finally a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to help us celebrate! I sent these thank you photo cards out several days ago as the perfect ending to the perfect party! And a special thanks to my mom, because without her the logistics on party day would have been impossible and finally, Bronson. Even though he might not have cooperated for a family picture. He did endure months of party talk and planning, allowed me to carry on without too many complaints, and did finally agree to wear his "Thing 1" shirt....what a great daddy!!
This one is for all of you out there that think I get great pictures because I have a cooperative family. I spend all the time posting the good ones...but what about the bad ones? I mean I'm working with a 3 year old and a husband who's even worse when it comes to picture taking. Was it too much to ask for my boys to cooperate for the 10 seconds it would have taken to snap a good family picture? I mean, I went to all the trouble to throw my son the best Cat in the Hat party ever, I FINALLY convinced my husband to wear his "Thing 1" shirt and this is what I get!!! And to add a little narrative to the picture, Bronson was saying "This is so stupid"...yes he's 31, and my son was crying because he wanted to go in the bounce house. But I've learned to cherish any family picture I can get and this one just might make it in The Hall of Fame of best family pictures. Ever.
This will be the first in a series of posts of Jack's party. But I must preface these posts by saying, I was VERY stressed about playing the many roles a mother does at these parties. I tried very hard to be a good mommy to the birthday boy, a gracious and attentive hostess and the official party photographer. And of those three, I feel the photography suffered the most! I only had a short while to snap a few pics of the food and decorations before guests started arriving and later noticed that in most pics the cookies still had wrappers and my Thing 1 & 2 cups were sans their hair (aka blue cotton candy).
But I will say I think the party went off without a hitch. Our guests enjoyed themselves and Jack had a blast on his special day = mission accomplished! The majority of the time was spent outside since I rented a bounce house, a party canopy to cover the tables and chairs, and an area for washers and adult beverages for our older guests.
Inside I had the majority of food and decorations (for the purposes of heat and bugs) and I served the traditional summertime fare to include burgers and hot dogs on the grill, homemade salsa, spaghetti slaw, chips and dip. For the main table I had LOTS of desserts to include the beautiful Hat cake and cupcakes made by Larry's in Carbondale, the cake pops made by Lori Pinion of Herrin, and the fabulous, almost too perfect to eat cookies made by Jen in Utah (yes...I had cookies shipped from Utah!). I also had fish (aka goldfish) in a fish bowl and various red, white and turquoise candies.
The decorations consisted of mainly red and white with some turquoise and a touch of yellow. Also notice the bunting over the doorway, across the table and I also hung it over the windows. I made it from The Cat in the Hat books I purchased online. It was really hard at first to deface a book, but I have to say, the bunting did turn out pretty cute! I also had several signs with Cat in the Hat quotes, balloons and tissue balls.
My dear friend Leslie convinced me to read this book as she knows how much I LOVE dogs. Actually we made a deal....I read this book and she reads Twilight. And I'm still waiting on her.....
But all kidding aside, this was a FANTASTIC book! It's written from the perspective of a philosopher dog, "Enzo" (like a Ferrari Enzo...I thought that was super cute) whose owner is a Formula One race car driver. Without giving too much away, because I highly recommend you read this book, it is sad and will undoubtedly bring on the tears, whether you're an emotional person or not. But just let me say, it's one of those books that just makes you feel like a better person for having read it.
I work full time-time as a pharmaceutical representative, mother to Jack, and wife to Bronson. I'm also a photographer and I love spending time with my friends and family.
Bronson (aka Daddy Parrish), is an Architect by trade but does more work actually building and taking care of our several businesses.
This blog was started as a tribute to our son and as a way our friends and family can keep up with our crazy lives (even though I do stray off topic from time to time). We invite you to come along with us and hope you enjoy the ride!