max's movie premier party

Max turned 6! This is what his party looked like... but whoa! Hang on there. I'm going to have to provide some serious backstory here. This particular birthday party took a little prep time.

Let's rewind and start one year ago. Sometime around Halloween '14 Max began to draw the first letter of his last name all squiggly. He said, because that made his name look scarier. After a while, this name began to take on a life of it's own. Max created an alter ego we all lovingly call Max Squiggly F. He wrote books and drew pictures all about the adventures of a superhero called Max Squiggly F. Examples 1, 2, 3, and 4 below.

I thought this would be a phase, but oh no. For a whole year he's been screaming "Put this one in my Max Squiggly F movie!" from the backseat of the car when a song he likes comes on the radio. He came up with different scenarios, different characters and friends that needed to be included. So, it seemed natural that his next birthday party would be a perfect excuse to actually make this movie dream of his come true.

I sat down with him and we wrote a script. (Ok, we sat down a couple different times, I'm sure you can imagine the attention span of a 5 year old). I tried to type as fast as I could and write the dialogue exactly as he said it. There are lines in it like, Then Max got a piece of tape stuck on him while he’s starting to talk and tries to get it off. and Max swings out a golden invisible rope and they all cling to it- then everyone meditates and they feel the color of rainbow magic. You get the idea...

The script was awesome.

Naturally, the next step was to throw a filming party. Yes, this little boy essentially got two parties out of the deal. John and his brother are both incredibly creative and talented in the world of movie filming/sound technicianing/editing/making funny jokes.

We set up in our garage. Yes green screen!!! So fun. I stood there and pretty much fed everyone their lines (thank you magic of editing!). But the kids did great!

Leading up to this day I kept asking Max what kind of costume he wanted and he was really adamant that Max Squiggly F and all the superheroes just look like regular kids. Yes, less work for me, but you know how I roll. I'm all- not even a cape?? I couldn't resist, so I surprised him on filming day with a Squiggly F t-shirt (still regular kid, right?) and armbands with the kids superhero initial on them. He approved.

One month later...

It was time for the screening party! I created movie ticket invitations, and Max insisted that I include seat numbers.

I wanted the living room to look a little like a theater. The wall would be our screen with a table of refreshments and golden curtains.

I loved the movie ticket decorations! I got the idea here. Same for the paper fan garland.

I put out your typical movie theater fare... popcorn and candy. The paper popcorn cones were another favorite of mine. Get fun paper, fold, tape, done!

Every action hero deserves their own movie poster. (My dad was one of the bad guys- can you see him on the poster? Freaky, right!? Love it!)

It was a movie premier. Red carpet was 100% necessary.

Dim the lights- it was time to see the movie!!

Hands down my favorite picture. Look at those faces!!

All guests got to take home their own Max Squiggly F DVD as a party favor.

This was so fun and so totally worth it. It was definitely a group effort, but Max was so happy to have created something like this with his friends and family. We've also watched it 100,000,000 times already.

Happy Birthday, Max Squiggly F!


a kitty party

This year Lola asked to have a kitty themed birthday party. So I said to myself, I will cut out 167 paper cats for you Lola. I will wear a shirt that says "I Like Cats". I will cookie cutter 35 cat sandwiches. I will cookie cutter 20 minuscule M-E-O-W fruit kabobs. Because I love you. Because you're 3. Because I'm crazy.

I love these balloons. I used Studio DIY's tutorial, but just used tracing paper instead of tissue paper because I could run them through the printer with no taping involved. Yes, I outlined those cat heads in photoshop. Yes, I created a 15 cat head document and printed one out for each of the 9 balloons. Yes, I cut each one of those bad boys out and spray glued them on the balloons. But I love them and will make my own balloons from here on out, friends.

I got this awesome cat wrapping paper from Paper Source. Those cats are hipsters. I had a couple frames on hand (who am I kidding I have 12 frames in my attic) and framed 2 sheets and then used the rest to cover some $1 plastic cups I got from the party store.

Yeah, that cat garland... I created that poster on my own in Photoshop (heavily inspired by the one from this wedding) and then printed a super cheap photocopy. Lola helped me color one kitty peach. The other one's hat is the pattern from the back of the invitations. Yeah, I did that.

One of my absolutely favorite parts of this party, the Bloody Meowy Bar. Again, not my idea- I took it from here- but it's so fun. PS- If anyone wants to come over for a Bloody Mary, I still have about a gallon. No kittens need to be involved.

Well, a kitten must have ears. Nothing a little felt and hot glue can't fix.

Whiskers, yes those are important to a kitten too. A cats gotta navigate...

One little kitty...

Two little kitties... 

You gotta have some party games. I had John put together a couple very basic bean bag toss boards, I painted them white and drew a couple hungry (maybe sleepy, who knows- I can't draw eyes) cats. Thankfully, I delegated the mice bean bags to my mom- aren't they the cutest!?

Action shot.

Kitty friends.

Then it was time for cupcakes and that made this little kitty very happy.

I used the Mr Printables Cats! Cupcake Wrappers. Print and cut, yes I'm familiar with that by this point. I loved it though because it totally didn't matter what my cupcakes looked like. They were getting a big hug from these cute cats! I made a little Meow Felt banner but it gets kinda lost with all that pastel.

Family photo- Take 1

Take 2

The favors were goldfish. A real no-brainer because that's how I felt by the end.

And can we just talk about this dress for a second? I used this pattern, and found the fabric on Spoonflower- it turned out so cute! I cut a couple corners with the pattern, it's best for all of us if I don't say and you try not to notice.

And then she rode off into the sunset.

To be clear- I love my Lola. This list is how I would describe her, and while there are days I feel like "where have I gone wrong with this child??", she is one of the best gifts I've ever received in my life.

-Genius-level Smart

Happy Birthday Loli Worm!
little mr moo.
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