“Grand Adventure” Baby Shower…

Grand Adventure Baby Shower

The first great-grandchild is on its way to the Pothier family. When I heard the exciting news I quickly claimed – if Kathryn, the mama-to-be, can make her way to Phoenix (they live in Wisconsin) I will throw her a family baby shower. (I’m always up for a fun party!) She loves us enough that she came for a visit!

This woman has to be one of the most talented pianists you’ll come across and it only seemed appropriate to throw a Grand Adventure baby shower with a delicious crepe bar.
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
A fabric banner with two simple banners – piano music and gold circles.
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
I tried my hand at coffee filter garlands for the first time and I’m in love. Simple. Cheap. Big impact.
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Baby boy already has a name – he is going to be a 5th generation Robert, or Bobby. Kathryn’s mother had a picture of her when she was just a little girl holding her little baby doll and on the back of the picture, dated “1990”, it read, “Singing to Baby Bobby”. Way back when, Kathryn had a baby Bobby in her arms and she’ll have one in her arms again shortly. We displayed the picture on the TV.
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
I’m not typically a shower game kind of person, but we had all the girl cousins there and I knew games would be fun for them so we played two little games. The first – we examined a tray of baby items and they tried memorizing everything on the tray.
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
The second game – we divided into two teams and we went back and forth singing songs with the word “baby” in it. Even the young girls contributed songs and it was fun to listen to the performances!
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
What’s hard is knowing she’s going to have that baby in Wisconsin and we’re all going to have to wait to hold him!

Retro Superhero Party…

History says my kids get their first birthday party with friends when they turn four. I had all intentions of doing the same for Bennett but we got busy. Steve was finishing up school. We were out of town. Steve was out of the country. We had visitor after visitor. And before I knew it his birthday had come and gone without a party. And I was okay with it. On his birthday he kept talking about seeing his friends (luckily we saw one of them). Two days after his birthday he asked when his friends were coming over for a party. I’m not sure what kid reminded him that he hadn’t had a party yet but it was enough to make me feel a little bad.

Bad enough that I threw a party together in no time and it was just as fun as the ones I spend weeks planning!

The best part is we didn’t tell him until the morning of – just two hours before his friends arrived. You can’t tell that kid anything too early or else you spend days fielding the same exact questions, he’s relentless. Even two hours was questionable but he was so excited it was more funny than annoying!

For the invites I took a picture of Bennett and drew it on the computer to turn him into lineart.
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities

Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities

Steve led the superhero training. They learned how to fly.
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They learned how save people. We froze superheroes in blocks of ice and they used water guns to free them.
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities

I used the same drawing from the invite and printed a large poster (engineering print from Staples for $4) for a party game.
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We colored and decorated superhero journals with their own emblems.
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How great is one of his friends that brought a superman balloon guy. That’s talent!
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Sources:
Gift bags from Amazon
Round stickers used on drinks from Amazon
Cake toppers – Used a paper punch, attached round stickers attach a toothpick
City background made from cereal boxes wrapped in black paper (I found the paper at a teacher supply store)
Blank journals from Hobby Lobby in a pack of six. I printed an emblem for each kid on a sticker and put it on the cover.
Invite – designed by me
Comic pennant made from old comic books from a local store – they sell old comics for 25¢ each.
Cape for Bennett (he received for Christmas) from TJMaxx
Blue and Yellow tablecloth from Target several years (Used first at one of Hallie’s parties)

Circus Birthday Party Invite…

I figure by the time my kids are old and no longer loving my carefully planned themed birthday parties, I will have the largest selection of random themed invites to remember each party by!Life with Fingerprints: Circus birthday party invite

Circus Birthday Party…

We finally got around to celebrating Cannon’s first birthday; in true circus style.
Life with Fingerprints: Baby's First Birthday; Circus birthday party
We had family come over to help us celebrate the big day (and to help us eat all the really healthy food we provided!). Steve doesn’t usually question my party ideas, I just run with it. Yesterday he started to ask some questions.

Steve: So what are we eating for dinner at this party?
Kara: Hot dogs
Steve: What else?
Kara: Peanuts, popcorn, circus cookies and cotton candy
Steve: But what else?
Kara: That’s it.
Steve: That’s not a meal
Kara: It’s not supposed to be – it’s a circus.

And if I could’ve figured out how to mass produce funnel cakes, I would have! This was definitely not a meal you want to have more than a few times in your life…but let me tell you it was heaven for the kids.
Life with Fingerprints: Baby's First Birthday; Circus birthday party
Life with Fingerprints: Baby's First Birthday; Circus birthday party
Life with Fingerprints: Baby's First Birthday; Circus birthday party
Life with Fingerprints: Baby's First Birthday; Circus birthday party
When I was putting Hunter to bed I asked him what his favorite part of the party was. He grinned and said, “I had three bags of cotton candy.” Awesome. We only let them have 10 pieces of their Halloween candy and he probably consumed more sugar in cotton candy! You’re little brother only turns one once, right?

I printed off his weekly photos and had them on display. When Steve first saw it a couple days ago he thought he had come across his Christmas present because he’s been asking for something like this. I missed the boat on that one – Steve already has it by the back door ready to go to work with him tomorrow!
Life with Fingerprints: Baby's First Birthday; Circus birthday party

Cannon reacted to his cupcake about this same way he did when we shot his original birthday cake. Not so much a fan.
Life with Fingerprints: Baby's First Birthday; Circus birthday party
Life with Fingerprints: Baby's First Birthday; Circus birthday party
Life with Fingerprints: Baby's First Birthday; Circus birthday party

Cannon had his cute moments but for the most part he wasn’t overly happy for his party – of course the song, “Its my party and I’ll cry if I want to” kept coming to mind. Perhaps circus theme wasn’t his thing. Maybe he’s more of a sock monkey kind of kid. You just never know. Luckily the rest of us had a good time.
Life with Fingerprints: Baby's First Birthday; Circus birthday party
Life with Fingerprints: Baby's First Birthday; Circus birthday party
Life with Fingerprints: Baby's First Birthday; Circus birthday partyLife with Fingerprints: Baby's First Birthday; Circus birthday party

Have your cake…

And eat it too…
Life with Fingerprints: Birthday Cake Photoshoot
Actually – there wasn’t a whole lot of eating. His first go at sugar and he wasn’t a big fan. The minute he got it on his hands, he cried and started flicking frosting everywhere.
Life with Fingerprints: Birthday Cake Photoshoot
Life with Fingerprints: Birthday Cake Photoshoot
And after he flicked frosting everywhere, he finally got some in his mouth and kinda liked it.
Life with Fingerprints: Birthday Cake Photoshoot
Life with Fingerprints: Birthday Cake Photoshoot
Life with Fingerprints: Birthday Cake Photoshoot
Life with Fingerprints: Birthday Cake Photoshoot
And then he was done and he turned over the plate to let us know he was done.
Life with Fingerprints: Birthday Cake Photoshoot
Life with Fingerprints: Birthday Cake Photoshoot
He didn’t dive into it like the kids were hoping and cheering him on to do – and he left quite the mess which is all we expect out a first cake experience! I’m sure the next time he sees cake he’ll put a little more in his mouth.
Life with Fingerprints: Birthday Cake Photoshoot

Check out Hunter’s first cake and Bennett’s first cake.

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