Birthdays are a big deal around the Kelley house. We’re not a party-every-year-family, but we most definitely still celebrate in some way. This year we decided to let the kids have a party for their birthday. Harper chose to invite just the girls in her class and her girl cousins for an art party. For Amon’s party we just had family. Solomon went with a couple of his favorite guys and a sleepover. Hudson has been thinking about his party all year long. He contemplated a sleepover, a capture the flag party, lego party and mountain biking party. When it came down to making a final choice he asked for a Star Wars Lego surprise party and then changed his mind about 2 weeks later, but at that point it was too late and he was none the wiser. He’s kind of our fickle decision maker…loyal to a fault in his heart, but don’t ask him to really decide on just about anything.
Other than actually surprising him, my favorite part was finally telling Harper the day before. She was hilariously cute. “I cannot believe you guys pulled this off.” “You and dad told a lot of lies.” “I want a party like this.” She was so excited and just thought it was tons of fun. Hudson thought I had a Bible journaling class party day, so he thought nothing of all the cars at our house when Big Daddy and Nene brought him home. Our family and a few of his favorite friends and their families joined in on the fun and surprised him real good.
He just stood there staring at everyone completely in the dark. It took him a few good minutes to figure out exactly what was going on. Everyone was moving on…his friends had all run off to play and he still just stood there. I leaned in and asked him if he wanted to go play and he said, “Yes. This just feels like a dream.” He was the sweetest birthday boy. He thanked all his guests all on his own before the party even ended. Special things like this or compliments are not wasted on this child…they pierce his little heart and make him soar.
We chowed down on pizza, salad, fruit and veggies. There were plenty of mini orange Fantas…per Hudson’s request…and a blue Stormtrooper cake with ice cream. We thanked all our littlest guests with easy, inexpensive Star Wars Pez dispensers I found at Walmart. Pez is a hit in our house.
My mom always made our birthday cakes. I have a long memory of lots of Wilton star-tip piped birthday cakes. There’s not many things which take me directly back to my childhood like star-tip pipping on a cake. Hudson wanted a blue chocolate cake with a stormtrooper in cream cheese frosting. This was a super easy cake to pull off. I used THIS RECIPE to make 2 round cakes. I made them the day before and then put them in the freezer. I love to freeze my cakes prior to icing because I think it’s easier to ice a frozen cake, but also love how moist it makes the cake. After I got the cakes iced in blue I started making the stormtrooper. I found this stormtrooper template, cut around the outside and then used my small scissors to traces the lines, but never all the way to the end so as to keep the stormtrooper completely intact. I laid the template on my cake and then just traced all the lines with a toothpick. Pulled the template off and there was my stormtrooper ready to be iced. Super easy.
When I put Hudson to bed I asked him what his favorite part of his party was and he said the cake. Success.
I absolutely love having a house full of people. It’s one of my most favorite things. The conversation and food…the celebrating and playing. I love it all. Every little boy left our house that night absolutely filthy. They played their little hearts out. No party playing plan, they all just ran crazy and did their own things which consisted mostly of the boys playing baseball and Legos and the girls playing outside and in Harper’s room. The adults chatted, ate, watched football and ate some more. It filled my heart right up and Hudson’s too.
(Easy decorations: chalk art, fabric bunting, crate paper streamers & white butcher paper on tables for guests to draw on.)
My personal favorite moment of the party was when Hudson was opening his presents. His Aunt Jen had wrapped two lego kits for him in a Rice Krispy Cereal box. He opened it up and read the box. Jen told him it was Rice Krispy cereal for him. He looked at her with the sweetest face and said “Thank you. I love this cereal.” This is Hudson Kelley. Jen just laughed and then told him to open the box. He looked a little confused and then opened the box to find Lego kits tucked inside. He just laughed and smiled. It was my favorite memory of him from the party. These are the things I don’t want to forget.
When it was finally time for bed, everyone was wiped out in the best kind of way. Hudson gave me a big hug and thanked me for the party. He said it was his best day! Now onto those thank you notes, which will most definitely take us far too long, for all our sweet guests who helped make his day so special.