Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sneak Peek of Beckett's Party...

So like I said...I am in full swing over here planning Beckett's 2nd birthday. I decided shortly after his party last year that I wanted to have this year's outside on the farm that I grew up on. (Did you know I could throw bales and milk a cow?) His birthday isn't actually until September 27th...but for three reasons I decided to have his party on Labor Day weekend this year.

1) The weather in MN at the end of September is pretty iffy...could be pretty cold.
2) My Dad will probably be in full harvest mode by the end of Sept.
3) I wanted to get the party over before I start school.

So, we thought Labor Day weekend would be good because both of my college aged sisters will be able to be home from school. Since we were going to have the party on the farm, of course it will be farm themed. But because I actually grew up on a farm I need to tell you a few things...

We will not be wearing overalls to the party. Most farmers don't really wear those, you know. Nor will we be chewing on any straw, or yelling "yee haw" or any similar phrases. When I first went to college my best friends dressed up like farm girls for Halloween. I didn't know whether to laugh or spit in their face. =) CJ...you know what I am talking about.

I digress...back to the party, so anyway, the main inspiration is that all three of my kids are obsessed with going to the farm. They love playing outside, riding in the tractor (or any equipment for that matter), and exploring Grandpa's shop.



One afternoon I took Beckett to the farm to get a few pictures that might work for his invitations. He was in a very good mood, which is always helpful. Just a few of over 100 that I took that day...


As you can see, I enlisted *golden* to help me out with a tee for his party. If you've never visited her shop...it is a must.

After I took the pics, I made the invitations...here is a sneak peek at the invites and some of the paper and goods I have collected for the party...



On a side note, after my dad saw their invitation last night he called me and in his most sarcastic voice he asked why he had shined his tractor if I was going to use the picture of Becks on the smaller (and unwashed might I add, although can you tell? Absolutely not.) tractor. I reminded him that the picture was supposed to be of his grandson and not of his tractor, so I had to pick the best smiling pic of HIM. I also reassured him that I would be using some of the other pics at the party as well. But just for fun...



So Dad...I sent out only 19 invitations, but over 500 people will read this tomorrow. Do you feel better now?

14 comments:

birthday girl said...

hey, just found your blog! great stuff... can't wait to see this party!

birthday girl said...

okay, i feel a little silly now. i just read more about you and realized i posted your daughter avery's little miss birthday party via hwtm. it was one of my first posts, and still one of my favorites.http://www.birthdaygirlblog.com/2009/04/real-parties-little-miss-birthday.html. i'll go back and add your blog link to it!

Kim - The TomKat Studio said...

Jess - This looks sooo adorable! The story about your dad story is cracking me up! Also, about the girls dressing up like farm girls in college...my sorority had a hoe-down every year...I have lots of great farm girl pics! :)

Becca - I can't believe you've just stumbled upon Jess...she's amazing...you'll be fast friends! (and vice versa!)

Jess said...

OMG Kim...Totally laughing. I guess I may have to send a pic of how cute REAL farm girls are. =) Hoe down my butt.

Kim - The TomKat Studio said...

I want to see one of you milking a cow! :)

We still have dairies within a few miles of us. Can you believe the cows survive in this heat?!

*golden* shop said...

I got the invite today, and of course it blew me away. I love it!! I am RSVP'ing yes...oh wait, that is the day of my big 30th party, I guess you will be RSVP'ing no to that, huh? Great job, as always. Glad we could keep the *golden* love alive at the Newman parties! :) xoxo

Onna said...

I love this party! :)
His shirt is adorable. Did you make it?

Jess said...

I didn't make the shirt myself, but I sure know where you can get it! My BFF Rach from Goldenshop on Etsy made it. She is A.MAZ.ING.

www.goldenshop.etsy.com

Allyson/HBMomof2 said...

The party looks too cute. Recently found your blog and loving every post.

BTW, tell your dad that the tractor looks fantastic, from one of the 500.

Tammy said...

You made the invites? If not who did them??Super cute! I am looking for a superhero invite

Jess said...

Yes, I made the invites. Email me @ polkadotsandpirates@yahoo.com and we'll talk!

Kristen said...

those pictures are adorable! I LOVE that shirt!!

Spare Time Designs (Tammy) said...

Keithster.....he is funny. The tractor looked great! So did Beckett! What a cutie!

Tara said...

What program do you use to make your invites? They are so cute! I am planning a tractor party for my son's 5th birthday!