Thursday, August 11, 2016

Rylan's Dino-mite Splash Party

Our little fella turned TWO on June 21, and his family and friends gathered to celebrate that weekend at our local splash park. Due to Rylan's current obsession with "di-saurs," we opted for a dinosaur-themed event. 

I used Paperless Post for the first time and was so happy with how the invitation turned out (the customization options were super easy). 

We reserved (and paid for) the splash park pavilion a couple months in advance; however, upon arrival, there was no indication that the area was reserved and another birthday party was already set up on a couple tables. The unpleasant mother of the birthday girl was not the least bit concerned by the fact that I had reserved the area and "didn't need to see my receipt." Lovely. While it wasn't that big of a deal in the end, I do wish the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department would indicate some sort of reservation if they are charging for the privilege. {Rant over.}

Luckily, the weather worked in our favor as it was cloudy and not ridiculously hot. It was even pleasant enough to forgive the strong winds that were not so friendly to all my table decorations. 

And speaking of decorations, we bought some dinosaurs that served both as table decor and presents for Ry, and I clearly had to make them little party hats to match the invitation...

Other than the dinos, we kept the decor pretty simple with color-coordinating balloons, tablecloths, napkins, plates, and plasticware all from Party City. I also found this fun, yellow holder-thingy in the $3 section at Target (score!).

We had a typical kid-birthday spread of Chick-filuggats, hummus and veggies, cheese and crackers, and fruit served in Josh's amazing dinosaur watermelon creation. Unfortunately, the heat caused the poor dino's neck to get a little droopy.

As with Jill's shower, Hayley Cakes & Cookies came through with an amazing cookie cake based off our invitation. Thanks to Bunny for schlepping it up from Austin!
We also had some Blue Bell vanilla on hand thanks to a very cold Yeti cooler (rock salt added to the ice is key).

The kids had so much fun running around at the splash park, and the blow-up dinosaur party favors were a huge hit!

Our sweet boy did such a great job of blowing out the candles after, as he calls it, the "AppyBirdayToYou" song....all one word :).

Rylan had such a wonderful afternoon celebrating with a bunch of his favorite people.

Happy Birthday, sweet boy!

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My name is Catherine, but most of my friends call me Cat. I was born and raised in Austin, went to TCU, and ended up in Dallas for law school (where Josh and I met). I decided that being an attorney was not my cup of tea and pursued a career in legal marketing. I am now a mother of two attempting to balance family with a full-time job, which is always an adventure. I love: my sweet babies, handsome husband, very large family, and fabulous friends; trying new restaurants; wine; TCU football; holidays; cooking; The Bar Method; pajamas; Topo Chico; reading; coffee; Central Market; carbs; the beach; mani/pedis; Anthropologie; binge-worthy TV shows and podcasts; trivia; French 75s; Pinterest; cheese boards; The Ticket; dancing; Sprinkles cupcakes; The Texas Rangers; fresh flowers; thunderstorms; naps; Tex-Mex; the Texas Hill Country; porch-sitting; ranch dressing; throwing parties; and my job. I hate: working-mom guilt; snakes; heights; waking up early; ignorant people; stomach bugs; paper cuts; green fruit; snoring; bad hair days; the sound of people eating (Misophonia); scary movies; bad drivers; pulpy OJ; trimming baby fingernails; and Miracle Whip. That pretty much sums it up.


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