I tried to get Liam super involved in the planning of his party this year. I was open to anything & everything! Turns out he pretty much wanted the exact same backyard party that has he had every year. The only new additions were that he insisted upon a piñata (just like Finn's party), but his piñata would have candy inside! And he wanted to make sure there were cupcakes for everyone. I suggested some different themes to him, since his creative juices weren't exactly flowing, and dinosaurs was decided! He's really gotten super into them. He's convinced that we may find some dinosaur fossils on one of our camping trips. Which is actually quite possible here in Utah... so we'll keep his dream alive!
Since it was a hot evening with temps in the upper 90s, we decided to keep the food inside but still encouraged the kiddos to play outside. I kept the décor to a relative minimum, decorating with mostly just photos of Liam, fresh flowers from the garden, & a few special dinosaur touches. The dinosaur balloons were all Conor! I only managed a photo of the T-Rex, but they were all impressive, especially the Stegosaurus! And for an activity/party favor we did shovels & pails for all the kids. Then we buried 30+ dinosaurs in the sandbox for a big ol' dinosaur dig! I was pretty damn excited for this, but it didn't exactly happen as I imagined... I had Conor bury them pretty deep, so that the activity would last awhile. This instead ended with a few kids in tears over not be able to find a dinosaur within a few minutes... Oops! So there were just as many parents digging as kids!
We tried to keep dinner simple, since Conor & I always tend to go overboard on the food and over exert ourselves. Brats & fruit were on the menu, two of Liam's favorites. We had a whole bar of toppings, cream cheese included (which is such a Seattle thing)! For the piñata, we let all the kids have a go at it (youngest to oldest), yet no one broke it open. So then the birthday boy got to have an endless amount of swings and finally all that candy (and dinosaur stamps) rained down!
There were 15 kiddos total plus tons of babies! It was a little bit of chaos, but so so much fun! I felt like the party went by in a blur and that it was nonstop the whole time. Apparently this was a big event that we should have been training for, ha! But I know that all our guests left with full bellies & big smiles. Party success!!!
After all the guests left just as the sun was setting, we decided to give Liam his present from us... A pedal bike (no training wheels!)! His face as we brought it out is an image I will never forget. Such excitement! He got on right away and so began his very first bike riding lesson. He was already a pro on his balance bike, so I knew he would take to the pedal bike quickly. Spoiler alert: three days in, he was already an awesome rider. He's still figuring out how to get started and how to break, but we are so proud & amazed at his progress!
And since Liam's birthday falls on a popular Mormon holiday (Pioneer Day), fireworks are also a thing! Even bigger than they are on the fourth of July! We had let Liam pick out a bag of fireworks, so we spent that last hour of the day with sparklers & other goodies. Then once it was pitch black out, the neighbors started up with their big show. A perfect way to end his party day!
A big thank you to all who celebrated with us and to those who sent their well wishes! Our 4 year old loved his celebrations! It's going to be a good good year!