Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Family Fiesta

As you've probably gathered from all of the birthday talk around here - all three kids have birthdays within 17 days of each other.  We pretty much celebrate the entire month of April.  When it was just Luke, all of our family would attend his birthday parties.  When Mason came along I did parties for the boys together and all of our family attended those parties as well.  When Griffin came along I did one party for all three of them, but then last year it was time for them to get to do their own things and it didn't seem practical to invite the same sets of family members to come to three different kids parties over the course of two weekends, so we created the "Family Fiesta".  Basically, it's a party where we get together with both sides of our families and celebrate all three of the kids birthdays at one time.  It's fun, relaxed and more conducive to everyone being able to attend.

I love the kids parties, but I think that this family fiesta tradition is my favorite party of all.  I don't do a lot in terms of decorating, I did go a little crazy with my chalkboard signs on Saturday :)




Get it?  Their ages are in cursive :)  Dave totally didn't get it. hahaha




I kept food simple and festive with a taco bar.


I picked up this balloon on Amazon and then had it blown up at our local grocery store.


I made a TON of taco meat (over 6 lbs) and kept that warm in the crock pot.  


Lots of toppings...


... queso...


... refried beans and a cute sign.  Done.



I think that Mason was more excited than anyone about this party.  He's talked about it ALL WEEK and was so pumped that he refused to take a nap in the afternoon :)  He crashed at 5:00... and everyone arrived at 5:30. hahaha


We tried to wake him up, but it wasn't happening.  So we let Luke and GG go ahead and open. 


Luke hit the Lego jackpot! And Griffin was most excited about her tea set :)



Can you spy Mason in the picture below??? hahaha


 So special that both of Dave's grandmas got to celebrate with us again this year!


While we were eating tacos, Mason finally woke up.  He ate a bit and then we all gathered around to watch him open his presents.


Attention, anyone? :)


My favorite part of the night was the birthday song and cake part.  How special that they all get to celebrate together!

Griffin  blew out her candles a couple of times before she was supposed to ;)




Having all of their birthdays so close together is so much fun - it's pretty much an entire month of celebrating - but sometimes it feels bittersweet because it's this whirlwind few weeks and then BAM all of my babies are a year older!  But, watching them all get to blow out their candles together is such a special tradition and I love that it's a tradition that will hopefully continue WELL into adulthood.  Now I'm going to go have a good cry :)

29 comments:

  1. This was so cute! The party looked crazy festive and who wouldn't love a taco bar? Hope all three of them partied hard! :)

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  2. Andrea! How fun!! Everything looked beautiful (and the food delicious!). What a special, special night for your three :).

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  3. how cute!! I love the way you did this! My boys birthdays are 8 days apart and I have been wondering how I would do a party, I think a family party is just up my ally!

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  4. Super cute idea! My boys all have birthdays within 6 weeks of each other and I've always thought that was close, but you win ; ) Our oldest is a taco lover and he loved the idea when I showed him the taco bar!

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  5. That looks awesome!! And yummy! Great job!!

    Do you use regular chalk or a chalk pen on your chalkboards? They look amazing!

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  6. What a fun time!! That is such a cute and fun idea! Love it!! :)

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  7. The decor looks great and it looks like everyone had a blast! I love traditions like this one!

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  8. The idea of 3 parties in one month makes me just about have a panic attack, but you ROCK IT! I love your traditions!

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  9. Oh how fun!! That taco bar looks amazing!!!

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  10. So fun - you made something so simple, just perfectly decorated and cute!! Love this tradition you have started!

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  11. seriously, if I need a cute idea for anything-or a recipe or outfit idea- your blog is the place to look! How cute is this idea? Your kids are so lucky that you are always creating these amazing memories!

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  12. What a fun night! So special. :)

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  13. This is so so cute! Never can go wrong with Mexican food!!! Love all your chalkboard signs!!!

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  14. Super fun!! Do you use actual
    Chalk or a special
    Chalk pen?

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  15. I love this!! How darling is this
    Chelsea @ http://thewilliamsjourney1.blogspot.com

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  16. What a FUN party! You are the queen of themes!

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  17. So totally awesome! This sounds like it will be a tradition for years to come. And so very special that the grandmas can attend... cherish these times, Andrea!

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  18. What a blast! We eat a LOT of Mexican food so this is just perfect!

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  19. Awesome party! I love all your chalkboards! :)

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  20. So cute! We have all three birthdays in 25 days - two at the end of April, one at the beginning of May, so I totally get this! (Well, we don't live close to family, but otherwise.) We sure get our fill of cake in those three weeks! Ours will be eight, six, and three, so super similar ages too. One of the reasons I just love your blog!

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  21. I don't think there is anyone more energetic, creative and festive than you are! Love it, looks amazing!

    XO

    Mary

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  22. What a fun family tradition! I am the oldest in my family and was born in September. My mom decided she didn't like being pregnant through the summer so my three sisters were all spring babies. Their birthdays are the 1st, 3rd, and 4th of May. We celebrate one big crazy birthday week for the three of them.

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  23. Lovely Fiesta, Andrea! I love a good themed party. =)

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  24. Love this idea! My husband, our triplet boys, and our daughter all have birthdays within one month of each other. That's all we do from mid July-mid August is celebrate! I'm kinda glad my birthday is in the fall. ;)

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