Last Monday my oldest, Esther, turned four years old! I don’t think it has actually hit me that she’s really four now. Four. Somebody make it stop.
Time doesn’t stop though so we chose to celebrate it. Michael Luke, the girls, and I went out for her birthday dinner the night before her birthday. Like Noah, Esther got to choose any type of food she wanted for her special meal. Noah chose Chinese food for her big day and Esther chose cheeseburgers and french fries. Some of you may catch the irony in that.
Esther picked the food and Michael Luke and I picked the restaurant… Huey’s. Huey’s is a local Memphis restaurant with several locations around town. Sunday nights at our local Huey’s includes (loud) live music. Which may not seem like the best place to take your four year old but then again it does ensure that you aren’t the loudest ones there.
The band dedicated a song to Esther and she danced her heart away in our booth.
Burgers were eaten… unless you were Noah and had chicken tenders, and fries were enjoyed. Oh, and one of the perks of taking your kids there is that they get free ice cream as part of the kid’s meal. Score!
Esther opened a few presents including one from Kai-Ma. We went ahead and let Esther open one of ours… a Fancy Nancy book, the theme of her birthday party later that week.
Where did you spend your last birthday? Mine was family at an impromptu cook out. Esther insisted there be cake and ice cream.
Earlier this month we hosted a safari themed birthday party for Noah. While she is only a year old and could really care less if the house is decorated or not… just as long as she gets to explore, she definitely noticed these tropical beauties upon awakening from her nap. Which totally made it all worth it. #meltsmyheart
They were the perfect addition to her party and so easy to make. So easy the pictures below will do most of the explaining.
How To Make Your Own Palm Tree Decorations
I used the columns in our house as the trunk of the tree. If you don’t have columns you could use some PVC piping with a base or anything else that might work (card board boxes, pool noodle?, lamp).
paper shopping bags
green craft paper
(All the other supplies shown below were to make small palm trees for the table decor. These same steps apply to the table decor palm trees.)
Making the Trunk
Measure the circumference of your column, giving yourself some room for the bag to overlap.
Now, you are ready to attach the bag to the column. This does not require taping to the column though. Starting at the top of the column. Hold the bag in place with the fringe portion closest to the top. Wrap bag around column. Tape bag to itself at seam. If wrapped securely it will not slide down.
Continue previous steps until entire column is wrapped.
Cut a section of craft paper slightly wider than the desired width of palm leaf. Don’t be afraid to go big! Fold paper in half. Draw outline of leaf (similar to a semi-circle) and add cut outs (curvy v’s) along edge for slits in leaf.
After the leaf is cut out, gather end of leaf together and tape to trunk. Then to extend leaf outward (this is what gives it the life like look), attach leaf to ceiling with the push pin a few inches out from the trunk.
Basically, the leaf will go out and then down. This will give width to the tree up top.
Repeat steps above for desired number of leaves. I made four leaves for each tree but it will really depend on the width of your leaves.
That’s all you need to do to have quick and easy palm trees that will add the finishing touch to your party decor.
What about you? Got any great tree making tips? Or maybe some other cool party decorations that you DIYed and turned out fabulous? I love tips on easy DIY party decorations!
Looking back, last week seems like a blur. A mad dash to the finish line. Finals week. It was crazy, I was crazy, but it all culminated with a wonderful birthday party for Noah on Saturday.
Ahhh! She’s one!
I know I owe you lots of details. What was the theme? How was the food? To smash or not to smash a cake? Everything. And I promise I will give them to you… but not today. I was so busy being hostess and mommy that I barely snapped any pictures! Blogger’s nightmare I know!
Thankfully, friends and family managed to get lost of great pics so hopefully I can share all the details with you soon.
In the meantime, I thought I would fill you in on how we spent Friday night, the night before the big day.
Friday night was a family night for us. I night for Michael Luke, Noah, and me to spend together before ALL the family arrived in town. Since I had been so busy preparing for the party I wasn’t about to cook dinner for us too. This little Momma needed a night off.
I thought it would be fun to celebrate and remember the night before we had Noah… the night we went to the hospital. One might ask, “How do you do that?” Well, for us it meant going out for Chinese food. Specifically egg drop soup!
Egg drop soup was my final meal request before heading to the hospital. A little strange I know and practically the only craving I had the entire pregnancy besides water. I think it was just that I didn’t think I could stomach a meal but soup sounded really good. And the local Chinese restaurant was the closest place to our house that served soup.
About five or six hours into labor (around 8:00 at night) I decided I should probably eat before being admitted to the hospital where I knew they wouldn’t be offering me anything. ML called the local Chinese place hoping they would deliver. All we wanted was an order of egg drop soup though and since it didn’t total over ten bucks they wouldn’t deliver! Not even when we told them I was in labor. So being the frugal couple that we are I told ML just to drive over a pick up the soup.
He left and so did my sanity. I kind of panicked with each contraction, completely forgot all the relaxation methods we had been practicing, and prayed for him to return quickly. Thankfully, he did!
He brought the soup upstairs to our bedroom, where I was. I was so excited to finally get a little something to eat. Until we uncovered it and saw that they had given us Hot and Sour Soup. Ok… Hot and Sour are two things you really don’t want to eat while in labor. I managed to stomach a few bites but that was it. So much for my last meal.
Next, we unwrapped our Fortune Cookies. MIne read:
You will soon receive pleasant news of a personal nature.
Then we called our parents and headed to the hospital. And well you know what happened next.
So after such a memorable “last meal” experience you can see why it would be the perfect place to celebrate the night before Noah arrived. Just not at the same restaurant.
Friday night Noah got to experience Chinese food for the first time. A special little night out with her parents.
I finally got my egg drop soup and got to share it with Noah. She loved it and all the other food… even her fortune cookie. We haven’t found much she doesn’t like.
I think this might have to become a little family tradition for us.
What about you? Do you have any quirky family traditions in your family? Any funny memories of the night before your little one? I would love to hear them!