3 Year Old Birthday / Backyard Movie Night Party

Gram's birthday party was featured on 100 Layer Cakelet last week but I thought I'd post a few more pictures here and talk a bit about throwing his party.

I posted about this a few weeks ago when I posted his Big Brother Party but I have a very sensitive little dude and we've been attached at the hip for basically three years straight. I can literally count on one hand the number of nights I've been away since he was born. He's definitely my ride or die sidekick. Then came baby sister. I knew Gram would have a hard time warming up since he's very slow to warm up with new people, let alone someone who lives in his house and is wrapped up on his mama all day long. Months before she was born, I prepped for this party to make sure it was special but easy to pull off with a newborn since their birthdays are only 3 weeks apart! I had my pal Jacquelyn of Beijos Events help me come up with ideas and a mood board, which helped a ton. I highly recommend their Beijos Events E-Celebrate service!

I wanted to make sure he felt loved and that he could have the spotlight for the day. He picked a few of his best buds to come over and we kept it to mostly family since I didn't know how I'd be feeling just a few weeks postpartum. We ordered a giant pizza from a local place, set up a movie in the backyard and hung with our little crew of peeps. The party went off without a hitch and was the perfect laid-back celebration for our little three year old!

The invites were designed AND sent out by my girl Twinkle & Toast. She literally addressed, stamped and mailed them for me because she's the absolute best.


Studio BDR whipped up these adorable signs we placed around the party. Beijos Events helped me come up with some of these catchy slogans!




If you ask Dusty to do something, he's going to do it 100 times better than anything you would've ever imagined. I asked him to make a little snack stand for the party that could turn into Gram's little work bench for his tools after the party. I showed him a really simple snack stand and THIS is what he dreamed up!

This is our little craft table that stays in the backyard, which Dusty made too. We set it up with some little place settings for the kiddos and they each got their own s'mores kit too. Gram helped me put a fresh coat of paint on it that morning since it had been out in the sun for a year and had seen lots of use for crafts and outdoor activities! Dusty made the table from an old pallet and a piece of plywood.

The plates, cups & black plastic silverware are from Amazon (the best friend of a a tired pregnant mama or newborn mama stuck at home!) I actually got those vegan Dandies marshmallows from Amazon too! The placemats I had made at Kinkos from a clipart design I bought from a stock site. 



And being the Mexican blanket queen that I am, we had little cookies made that look like our Whitecap blanket! It was perfect since our movie night was filled with lots of snuggly Mexican blankets in this neutral color palette. 

No party at our house is complete without a run on the halfpipe. Here's Gram shredding with my dad!


Told ya there were lots of blankets involved!

My father-in-law owns a guitar shop up in Oceanside so Gram has been hooked up with literally every musical instrument ever. This year, he asked for an electric guitar that shot lasers. Since he's a big fan of Van Halen, we compromised on the lasers with a kid-sized electric guitar, customized to look like a Van Halen guitar with the perfect name!


Little dude had a blast dishing out popcorn from his snack stand!



Dusty also whipped up with movie screen right before guests got there. He's the best.

We had Studio BDR whip up this sign we can re-use for future movie nights! His original choice was Monsters Inc but once the sun went down, he changed his mind to The Lorax. Such a fun movie for all ages!

During the day, kiddos got to put on their temporary tattoos we had handy from our shop and once the sun went down, we busted out the glow in the dark bracelets and let them go to town connecting them to make all kinds of crazy jewelry! Such a fun little way to end the night!

Photography: Taryn Kent / Design Inspiration: Beijos Events E-Celebrate / Signage: Studio BDR / Invitations: Twinkle & Toast / Gram’s Grub Snack Stand & Movie Screen: Rael Made / Cookies: Raechal’s Custom Cookies / Extra Seating/Lounge Rentals: Pow Wow / Blankets: Gunn & Swain


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