I planned Kye's party from 4-6 because I wanted him to be able to sleep for his full nap and wake up in a good mood. AND I wanted time for family pictures before the party. We did it last year and it was quite a success and luckily this years mini-photo session turned out just as great! I LOVE having a fireplace to take family photos in front of :)
the birthday boy and Gramma
Big Papa and G-Mama
He was kinda getting over the picture takin ;)
Uncle Brandon and Auntie Chrissy!
It was AWESOME having my whole family there (minus Dad) for the party
Once the party got started, it got STARTED! It was pretty hectic, exciting, and FUN! Here's about a million pictures of the event, if you want to see all the party decorations you can go here. Enjoy!
didn't he look handsome?
As the guests arrived we had them go ahead and make their caps. Kye was SUCH a great host. Jude was the first friend to come and Kye went right up to him and said "hot dog?" and handed him a little smokie! It was so cute to see him make sure all of his friends had a fun time. He did great being a social butterfly and going from friend to friend throughout the party.
He only wore it for like 2 seconds
Jude was a little ham, he's too fun
I told you the donut holes were a hit :)
we need to come up with a new word to get him to smile b/c this is his "cheese" face
the Starr's came to golf it up
ready for the putting range
Jude was even dressed the part ;)
Scotty kept his little cap on the WHOLE party, it was precious
Lorelai enjoyed her donut hole as you can tell be the leftovers all over her face!
learning from a set of pros
Kye kept his donut hole in one hand and a hot dog in the other the entire party
I'm SO glad we pulled out all of the backyard type toys to keep the kids entertained
driving under the influence of LOTS of chocolate...
I love this picture
Uncle Brandon helping him out
two good buds taking a break from the fun
at least he knows where the ball is supposed to go...
Can you tell it was a little crazy? We had TWELVE kids there around the age of TWO! "They" say you should only invite the number of children to a party that your child is old. So Kye should have only had two friends for his party...yeah right! Since last year's party was mostly OUR friends, I wanted this years party to be about Kye and his friends. I thought it was important to invite all the kids in his Sunday school and bible study class as I want those friendships to extend beyond church. Growing up with Christian friends is SO important and the younger he starts making them, the better :)
golf cart ride time!
Lorelai wasn't feeling it
the party may have been ALL about Kye but I wanted some pics with my friends too :)
Baby Preston will be here SOON!
Chrissy was SUCH a huge help and I loved spending time together
We decided to sing Happy Birthday inside and then let everyone take the cupcakes back outside to eat. The donut holes had caused enough mess already all over the house and we didn't need cupcakes adding to it ;) Kye was SO excited for everyone to sing to him and he kept saying "sing! sing!"
He LOVED the attention!
I love Little Mama peeking in the window :)
I was so proud he blew the candle out on the first try, such a big boyvideo here!
after the singing he did try to eat the candle
time to dig in!
YUMreal birthday and played with them with Daddy. So of course right when he got up from his nap that's ALL he would talk about. Throughout the party he'd ask to play with the blocks. While everyone was outside enjoying their cupcakes we let him go into the nursery and play with them. I figured it'd be a good little break from all the craziness before opening presents :)
this smile is saying "back up off me!!!!"
peeking to see what's next!
Matt and Zach
So glad Jordan was able to be in town for the big event!
Casey and me
Courtney and me
Other than the present opening, I had a GREAT time at the party and I think everyone else did too. I KNOW Kye did as it took quite awhile to get him to stop thinking that everyday was his birthday :)
I am glad I had so many activities, that I had so much food, and that we had some outdoor seating. Next time around I plan on (possibly?) skipping out on the present opening and I think I'll hire a party photographer. Robyn and Chrissy did AWESOME but I do feel bad that I don't have pictures of everyone that was there. Especially the great grandparents! I managed to play hostess and photographer last year but I don't see that happening EVER again. It added too much extra stress on me and I like to just be able to relax and enjoy the events I plan.
Here's everyone who came to the party so we can remember: Jude, Jesselyn, Jayson, Michael, Lorelai, Colt, Payton, Cade, Brooklyn, Bayleigh, Scotty (and all their parents, of course! at what age do drop-off parties start???), Big Daddy, Little Mama, Mema, Jolee, Trey, Ashley, Courtney, Brad, Debbie, Jake, Casey, Jordan, Brandon, Chrissy, Mom, Mrs. Charlotte, and Mr. Rusty! We had over 40 people come by to see Kye on his big day and I feel like the party was a SUCCESS. Can't wait for next year :)