This weekend we celebrated Mazen’s 5th birthday with a visit from his grandparents and a pool party with a dozen friends. Grammie and Pea arrived on Sunday morning and we had a little time to snuggle before heading to the party.
I hosted Mazen’s first four birthdays at my house, and this year we wanted to try something new. ACAC offers great party packs that include a theme, cupcakes, balloons, goodie bags, lemonade, tablecloths, set up, clean up and an on-site person to help with all the logistics. And of course a whole waterpark for playing! (They have indoor options in the Big Room too.)
I loved being able to show up and not have to stress about the party logistics! Our team member, Carter, did a great job keeping the party going. The goodie bags were so cute too!
My mom also brought some animal squirter favors that they kids loved.
Mazen’s theme was NERF (he is really into all things NERF but a little young to have the ‘official’ NERF party that ACAC offers. We did a green and orange theme, and they were so nice to bring a few of their NERF blasters to the party as props too.
The kids had a great time swimming around in the pool for an hour before we came together for cupcakes.
Thomas and I had fun with photos off the diving board!
Happy birthday, dear Mazen!
The cupcakes were great!
5 years old is such a fun age – a whole hand!
More thoughts on the big birthday when he officially turns 5 tomorrow 😉
Back at home, we relaxed and opened a few gifts. Can’t wait to play this one together!
Thomas roasted chicken for dinner, and we made asparagus and rice to go with.
On Labor Day, I went for a run and then mom and I took Mazen up to Target to pick out his birthday gift from Grammie and Pea. They gave him a wallet with some cash so he could pick out his own toy, and he LOVED paying himself at the checkout line! I bought Mazen some new sheets for his bed too – this Vintage Wash Chambray set. They feel so good!
I made salads for lunch with leftovers from the night before plus garden tomatoes, avocado and manchego.
Monday night we walked (biked) downtown for dinner and had a lovely outdoor meal at Hamilton’s.
And yesterday morning Mazen went back to school and got to show his classroom to G+P.
emily s. says
Happy Birthday Mazen!
I love the bright colors for his party and Chutes and Ladders is a classic!! Wanted to share this amazing game we just got and played with our almost 5 year old and his 3 year old brother. I think Mazen would enjoy it…maybe a Christmas gift? 🙂
Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says
Happy birthday to Mazen! A Nerf-themed party sounds awesome!
Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
Paula Jameson says
Aww. Mazen resembles his ‘Pea’.
Those were some darn nice party accommodations! Set up AND clean up?? You just SHOW up? Nothing beats that!
Carrie this fit chick says
Yay happy 5th birthday! I used to love my bday parties growing up and definitely cant wait to throw them for my future kids!
Such a fun party!
Kath I cannot believe how big and handsome he is! Wondering why Matt wasn’t there, as you have been so amazing about doing joint things and talking about that on the blog. Not a critique, just hard to miss and hoping all is well!
He was there! Just didn’t snap a pic.
I was also thinking about Matt, but I’m so happy he was there 🙂
Mary Jane says
What a great party! And those chickens look so good! I never thought of roasting it with pepperoni! How does it taste?
Such a cute birthday party! And hassle free for mom. 🙂 win-win!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mazen!! 5 years old? So hard to believe.
I love Chutes & Ladders! Have fun playing 🙂
Happy birthday, Mazen! Wow, five years old already!!
Sandra Dixon says
Happy Birthday to your handsome little fella, such a cutie pie.
I was thinking about Karen. I hope she is doing well. Something I know you may not wish to discuss on the blog now. Just curious and hopeful she is okay.
She is doing well and will be here for a week in October!