5th Birthday Party :: Blue + Orange

This weekend we celebrated our twin boys’ 5th birthday!  I can’t believe they are getting to be such big guys!  Since they were little babies, we have always had items as blue & green or blue & orange, so it only made since to use this as the party colors.  I love bright colors and think they are so much fun for this age.  Also, with twins it is usually a struggle for them to agree on one theme…color themes are the perfect solution!

I fell in love with these orange polka dots baking cups from The TomKat Studio.  The cupcake toppers were created in Photoshop and then cut  out using a 2″ paper cutter.  The circles were then hot glued onto lollipop sticks (found at Wal-Mart).   I’ve never made cupcake icing before, but with some trial batches (and a lot of tasting) I found a buttercream icing that was just right.  If you are feeling really adventuresome and want to make your own cupcake batter too, this recipe was AMAZING!

I was actually surprised how much fun and how easy it was to ice the cupcakes.  With the right piping tips and a great tutorial, I was on my way.  I used the Wilton #1M and the 14″ featherweight decorating bag.   When I made the icing, I only added 1 tablespoon of heavy cream to keep it nice and thick.  I scooped it into the icing bag and then placed the whole bag in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.  Worked great…trust me, if I can do this you can too!

The day before the party, I realized I needed something to put all these cupcakes on…oops!  Living in a small town, it is hard to usually find items like this.  I lucked out and found this stand from Wilton at our local Wal-Mart.  It was less than $15 and comes apart for easy storage.  Love it!  The boys conned me into a balloon making machine, found at Target.  I’m pretty sure we could have just given them the tank of helium and they would have been thrilled.  From their reaction, you would think we just told them they were headed to Disney.  I love this age…so easily amused!  The balloons were the perfect addition and a great, affordable way to add height and a lot of color.  Three big bouquets cost about $25…$20 for the tank and about $5 for the balloons.

Keeping with the blue and orange theme, the orange and white rugby striped favor bags were filled with orange slice candy.  The thank you stickers were created in Photoshop,  printed on sticker paper, and then cut out with the 2″ punch.

The drinks were blue and orange Hawaiian punch.  Using clear cups, the drinks added to the color theme (not to mention an extra dose of sugar).

I love these orange and blue paper straws.  The kids had a lot of fun using them!

What party is not complete without a little ice cream?  The cups were filled with orange sherbet.  The wooden spoons were hand stamped – a great way to add a personal touch!

We moved to this town about a year and a half ago.  We’ve made some amazing friends, but our boys always talk about their “old” friends.  It was so amazing to see all these little kids get together to help our little guys celebrate their big day.  By the end of the day, they were both saying…”we have a lot of friends”.  Parties are fun and sugar filled and colorful and loud and messy and create memories that last a lifetime!

 

HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY TO OUR AMAZING LITTLE GUYS!

 

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