George’s 3rd Birthday Celebration

George turned “3” on Sunday, October 9th, and we celebrated all (long) weekend long.

That Sunday, our friends and family helped us formally celebrate our “firecracker” with a party at Casa Contour.

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George has been really into firetrucks lately, so we thought a firetruck-themed party was appropriate.  Naturally, that meant getting a firetruck to show up at the party too!  But more on that in a bit.

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We had the majority of the food catered, but we provided the drinks and a few a dishes (such as the fruit kebabs, vegetables, and macaroni and cheese).  Having the food catered was a great move on our part – we had too much going on the day of the party to worry about cooking and cleaning the kitchen.

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When we initially scheduled the party, I was worried that our guests might be bored before the fire truck arrived. So, to pro-actively counter boredom, we put some fun play things into our front courtyard. The kids ended up having a great time playing and the parents congregated under the covered walkway.

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Once the firetruck showed up, everyone congregated in front of the house.  Houston Fire Truck Rental brought Engine 12 to the party, and it was a hit.

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The kids (and adults!) went on rides through the neighborhood and had multiple opportunities to inspect and explore the truck. George could not believe that he got to ride a “real” fire truck!

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Between firetruck rides, the kids ate lunch at long tables we set up in our living room.  I was originally on the fence about renting children’s tables and chairs, but I am so glad we pulled the trigger on this one.

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Having the kids sit at tables and chairs made for them made everything better. If you are considering booking this party option, I highly recommend doing it.  Your floors and sanity will thank you.

We also had a great time singing “Happy Birthday” to George and eating cake.

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As we have done for all of George’s parties, we ordered the cake from Three Brothers Bakery. The red-velvet cake was melt-in-your-mouth amazing and was the perfect size for our party.

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All kid guests got a special goodie bag with candy and firetruck coloring books when they left. All adults got a bag or two of these “matchsticks” that I made with pretzel rods, chocolate, and sugar.

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John, George, and I had a great time visiting with family and friends at the party and we greatly appreciate the effort our friends and family made to join us. The laughs, smiles, and memories made that weekend will stick with us for years. We have great family and friends and the party was a great reminder of that fact.

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Since some folks will ask, here are the vendors we used for the party. To be clear, we paid for all goods and services, and opinions expressed here are our own.

On Monday, we kept the party going and took an ice cream cake to George’s school and his class celebrated during snack time.

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We also made little party favors for George’s classmates — salty and sweet treats + Paw Patrol gear. They were a hit!

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We love you, George! Special thanks again to our friends and family for helping us celebrate this milestone, especially those who traveled from far away.

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