After a month-plus hiatus from blogging to enjoy the end of summer and get my boys settled into being 3rd graders, I figured the perfect reason to jump back in is to finally feature their Reptile Party!
They turned 8 back in June (here’s the post), and all they talked about wanting for the whole year before were three Russian tortoises and a reptile birthday to go along with them. Since we don’t have enough going on in our house with a bakery, four kids and two dogs, we thought why not, tortoises seem easy enough.
Once the decision was made to surprise them with the tortoises, the party theme became a go as well. Let’s just say that my boys pretty much love anything that creeps, crawls or hops. So, I added a few other “animals” (like spiders and frogs) to the party even though they don’t technically fit into the reptile category.
First order of business was to get in touch with our super talented TLJ sponsor, That’s So Cute, for invitations and party graphics. Lindsey incorporated my love of mixing colors, designs and patterns with our theme absolutely perfectly.
For the party details I wanted to play off the natural desert habitat of most reptiles. I used earth tones and a variety of graphic fabrics. I also made succulent plantings (complete with colorful creatures) that served as both decorations and party favors for the guests. So glad to have had Jen Disney photograph for us again.
There’s no doubt about it, our parties always include a lot of food. Check out the yummy spread for our herbivore and carnivore guests. The tortoise fruit bowl took longer than I expected, but it turned out so cute.
It was a crazy hot day, so the slushy station was definitely enjoyed. Tessa spent a lot of time at the ice bucket!
There’s no way I was going to let this birthday pass without having some amazing reptile-inspired desserts. Most importantly, the cakes had to be sculpted to look like their new tortoises – Rocky, Shelly and Pebbles. One of my amazing cake decorators, Chanté, did such an incredible job that everyone thought the cakes were real.
For the rest of the dessert table I did cake pops, cupcakes topped with fondant snakes, lizard shaped sugar cookies and turtle brownie bites. I displayed everything using different cake stands, ceramic platters, and wooden stumps/stools/trays.
Kids love scavenger hunts, so we hid creatures in the yard and set the guests loose on a game of search and find. The winners got to pick one of the big succulent plantings as their take-home prize.
It would have seemed strange for the only visiting animals at the party to be of plastic origin. So, we arranged for the folks from Reptile Island to come and bring a variety of reptiles and other creepy-crawlers.
For the moments that I held this Madagascar Hissing Cockroach I felt like the coolest mom of boys in the whole world!
Now that my guys are getting older I fear that my days of planning/hosting fun and creative parties are coming to an end. I have really enjoyed celebrating these special years with them.
Love you boys! Thanks for making me a mommy 8 happy years ago!!!
vendors and credits
Cake, Desserts and Cake Stands – Beverly’s Best Bakery // Party Design, Décor, Food and Succulents – Jennifer of TIERS.love.joy // Photography – Jen Disney Photography // Invite and Banner Graphics – That’s So Cute // Paper Straws – ThePartyFairy // Slushy Machines – Killer Chillers // Custom Tortoise T-Shirts – Elemental Shop // On-Site Live Reptiles – Reptile Island, Yorba Linda