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    Glimpses Of A Birthday: Being Creative & Using What You Have

    Thursday, June 16, 2011

    One of the things we've learned while in Japan is how to make do with what we have. It's been a wonderful lesson and forced us to be more creative at times~ especially when it comes to celebrations.

    For the scallywags 3rd birthday, Eldest and I decided to create a big "3" out of construction paper. It would hang over his buffet of gifts and be the first thing he saw the morning of his birthday.

    Here's the twist: we made it completely out of little circles.

    Eldest traced the bottom of a glass on several sheets of colorful paper and cut them out.

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    Believe it or not, this only took her about 25 minutes!

    While she cleaned up the scrap paper, I started on a loose template. The three had to resembled a three, yes?

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    It only took about a one or two tries before I began to tape the base for our giant 3 together.

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    With a little adjusting here and there, and a little help from the soon-to-be 3 year old, we heaped on the fun by adding more and more of the vividly colored circles to it.

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    It was so easy to do~and the end result?

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    Fab-u-lous.

    We removed the botanical prints, hung the 3, then laid a tan pashmina atop the buffet.

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    The only thing left to do the night before the scallywags birthday was to arrange his presents from the family. (Totally keeping it real, yes, those are picture hooks on either side of the 3. The pictures would be going right back up and I did not remove them.).

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    On the morning of his birthday, the scallywag was floored by his birthday bounty. He didn't touch a thing for the longest time~he just stared in amazement. Finally, with a little encouragement he dove right in!

    Can you tell what my son is most interested in these days? Thomas the Train and "Toy Story". Oh, yes, and a new favorite? "Kung Fu Panda". He adores that Dragon Warrior, Po the Panda.

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    He received many little gifts including several Melissa & Doug puzzle boards~which, in case you're interested, have to be the cutest puzzle boards ever. We love them!

    As the scallywag is also really interested in bikes these days, we're planning on getting him one upon our arrival in our next destination. If we bought him one here, he'd be waiting weeks to ride it while being shipped from Tokyo to...well, you're going to have to wait just a bit longer to find out just where!

    In any case, the little guy was so excited with his gifts! He's taken his time going through each one. It's funny to see him thoughtfully examine every present, choosing a few new ones to play with every day.

    As we concluded his birthday morning, the little one and Eldest~my partner in creativity and biggest helper~indulged in a very sweet birthday breakfast: salted caramel donut sticks.

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    It makes the biggest mess, friends, but they are so delicious. And did I mention that the children love them?

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    We had one happy birthday boy on our hands, friends. There's much more to share, so please come back next week and see what else we did on the big day.

    Right now I'm off to help our maid prepare for the most wonderful present ever: family!

    They arrive tomorrow evening and we have quite a bit of fun and travelling planned. If I fall off the face of the planet for a few days, you'll understand why.

    Many thanks to all of you who stop by to read, and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment or two. It's so nice to hear your voices as well as your thoughts. They're much appreciated!

    A lovely weekend to you all.

    7 Responses to “
    Glimpses Of A Birthday: Being Creative & Using What You Have

    Casey said...

    Adorable, Beth!

    Happy Belated Birthday to Jack! I can't wait to find out where the next destination is!

    Your Southern Peach said...

    What sweet idea and I love that sister helped out too. Can't wait to see more!

    maria said...

    Your three is so adorable, I love it...looks like a great party!!!

    Ally Garner said...

    I love the circle 3! You & eldest will never forget making that for Jack. That's waaaaay better than store bought.

    Glad Jack got a ton of toys & had a wonderfully blessed day. What a sweetie-pie.

    Btw, i'm crossing my fingers you'll post the recipe for those doughnut sticks :)

    Ruth said...

    I love the creativity of the decorations. And now I know what not to get the little guy. Yep since he won't get he present until he reaches the states Aunt Ruth has been lazy and not bought it yet.

    Happy Birthday Pumpkin Man!!

    Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

    Such a cute little birthday boy! I hope he has a fantastic year!!

    Kerri said...

    These decorations are just darling! Glad he had a happy birthday! ;)