Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Layton's 3rd Birthday Party

We celebrated Layton's 3rd birthday on Saturday with a tractor party!! It was so much fun and SO perfect for our tractor lover!!

While this was a super easy party to plan for, it didn't come together quite so easily. There was one point leading up to the party when I seriously thought I was in over my head... cleaning, decorating, preparing, and tons of stuff/errands/responsibilities, etc happening at one time made for a CRAZY Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning. I almost lost it and declared us done with home parties for good. #itwasbad But thankfully everything did in fact come together and we ALL had the absolute best time celebrating our littlest man with family. This party was a huge success and big ole blessing!! YAY!

Our all time favorite and very own personal graphic designer did Layton's invites for us. He was so smitten when he saw them! Thanks again Megan for your awesome work!!

Pre-party family picture! (I think I was finally somewhat calm by this point, ha!) 

The favor table and picture display. =)

Our tractor lover with 2 of his most favorite tractors...

His framed invitation along with our tractor cookie favors...

We went with yellow table cloths and toy tractors for centerpieces. =)

The cake table! This was probably Layton's favorite spot of the whole party.

The cake was perfect!! Layton was THRILLED. He chose strawberry and it was sooo good. 

My uncle, Layton's great uncle, provided the party entertainment for us. =) We scheduled this party around a time when my aunt and uncle (who live in Suches, GA...  the north Georgia mountains) could come and bring their tractor. It turned out to be the biggest hit!!

Layton was totally mesmerized. 

And excited!

He was also pretty nervous and intimidated and declared he didn't want to ride the tractor at first. #hechangedhismind =)

We kicked off the party with eating lunch and this little lunch date was precious. Sandwiches, CFA nuggets and fruit, and chips and dip were delish. We needed a break from pizza. Ha.

By the time we finished lunch Layton had asked for his tractor cake no less than 14 times, so we finally obliged. =)

I think he was tad overwhelmed with us singing to him!

He was a pro at blowing out the candles though!

The cake was delish! And the second our birthday boy was finished he was asking to open presents. =) This party was such a big deal to him and so much fun.

Present opening started off at a slooow pace, but finally picked up some speed. Ha! His gifts were the best. Him and his big brothers have been playing with everything almost non-stop. 

I love this picture of my guys. So blessed with all 4 of them.

The big surprise of the party was waiting in the kitchen for the birthday boy....

#farmerLayton #readytocutthegrass #futurelandscaper

It was super wet and rainy off and on so we didn't take his new tractor out right away... we had rides on the real tractor instead. =) We went youngest to oldest and Piper rode first. Haha! Layton knew it was safe after Piper's ride so he was confident and ready when it was his turn! #fulfillingadream Hahaha.

He LOVED riding on the big tractor and it turned out to be a huge favorite for all the kiddos. From ages 1 all the way to 9, every single kid loved their ride and was so excited for their turn.

The older kids even got to steer and "drive" themselves. =) They went all over the neighborhood and loved every second.

We wrapped up the party by finally letting Layton take a ride on his very own new tractor. He's in love. =)

Even though things were a little crazy and stressful during the party countdown, everything really did turn out perfect. And most important of all, our birthday boy had a ball and loved every second of his tractor party!! 

Huge thanks to our families for coming to celebrate with us and to Uncle Terry for bringing his real tractor and making Layton's party extra special!! Every birthday party for my boys holds a special place in my heart, but this one will always remind me that if the birthday boy is happy, everything else is perfect. =) 

Happy Birthday again to our very favorite 3 year old!!

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