Five years ago today, I became a mom. Five years ago today, our firstborn and Bennett's brother, Oliver, came into the world. So, today, we celebrated.
"Say 'Five!'" Oliver is crazy about tornadoes...and has been for almost two years now. We own about every tornado toy or tornado book that exists. And Oliver is adamant that he wants to be a stormchaser and move to Oklahoma when he grows up (he believes tornadoes are constantly roaming the state of Oklahoma). So, it just makes sense that Oliver would choose a tornado theme for his fifth birthday.
The invitation. I found this image on the internet. Believe me, there are no tornado invitations out there. Ok, there is one. But I thought this was cuter. :)
The table. We hung white pom-poms from the chandelier with little blue rain drops hanging from them.
It was hard to come up with different types of tornado-related foods. But we found a few...
here and here).
Getting ready to sing 'Happy Birthday'...
We gave the kids "rain water" (blue kool-aid) to drink. What better than to drink out of tornado glasses (plastic martini glasses)?
The great thing is Bugels they make awesome "baby tornadoes".
Cotton candy "storm clouds."
tornado tube." I was too busy with litte hands who needed help to get pictures of our finished products but here is what one looks like when you're done. Each child was given a tornado tube as a party favor (I found a great bulk price here). The other activity that we did was we played a game of "tornado tag" (aka a version of "tag" where everyone must rotate while playing) and "tornado races" (aka a version of "baseball bat spin race" without the baseball bat)
No tornado party could be complete without a large tornado decoration. So, I figured out a way to make a tornado hang from our fan using black paper and black streamers. The coolest thing was it turned out that it actually rotated when we turned the fan on. Oliver LOVED it! He kept telling me, "mom, you did a really good job," which made my heart melt.
Here is a video of the tornado after the party was over and before we tore it down.
Aunt Brooklyn stayed in town to join us for Oliver's birthday. She was SO helpful during the party and with decorating. We love our Aunt Brook and could not have had a successful birthday without her!
Oliver had a fabulous time with his friends at the party. Oliver received several science kits, a weather station and a solar system model thing that lights up and rotates its planets. It was fun to see Oliver's little inquisitive personality come out, even in the gifts he received at this five year birthday party.
Unbelievable. Five. Truly a little boy. And I have no doubt this guy may very well become a storm chaser or meteorologist when he grows up. But, whatever he becomes, I hope he doesn't get there too fast!! These last five years have just flown by. We love you, Ollie-bear!