I focused on getting items I could use again. It was lucky that all the July 4th stuff was out at the stores, because that fit right in with the red, white and blue Seuss theme. So, I'll be breaking these things back out each summer, year after year, and it's sure to make me smile. Here's a peek of our fun day!
Nothin's cheaper than using items you already have for fun decor!
Color photos and Dr. Seuss quotes were added to the table with some flowers from the yard. Don't you love these Big Daddy hydrangeas? Gorg. Also, the tray came from Michael's Craft Store 50% off! The table cloth on the island came from Target.
The menu was BBQ sliders, chicken salad sandwiches, chips, green eggs and ham (preztel sticks with a white candy melt and green m&m), biggle balls (trix cereal), "one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish" (rainbow goldfish crackers), m&ms (well, those left over from the green m&m picking) and moose juice (equal parts of blue fruit punch and lemonade mixed) and other beverages.
Of course, we had cake and ice cream for dessert. I just used two boxes of classic white cake mix (Shhhh! Don't tell anybody.) I made four layers: one white, two blue and one red. I was going to layer the red and blue together and then use the white one for the smash cake. But the red turned out very pink, so I chunked that one and just layered the blue and white together. I then had time to go pick up a small cake at Walmart for the smash cake. If I didn't get to the store in time, I would've just used a slice of cake, I guess. No biggie. (I'm not a first-time parent anymore...can you tell?) And I found some fun mini-pinwheels at Michael's Craft Store for the topper.
I also made the red, white and blue ribbon garlands. The longer one will be making reappearances each July. The other one got icing smeared all over it, so it didn't make it to the re-use pile.
Most importantly, my little guy had fun! He just enjoyed the company and fun presents! Gosh, I love him to death.