We set the birthday party bar pretty high on Ramona’s 3rd. About a month before Ramona turned 4 (and about a week before Beckett came), we were in a panic about what we were going to do.
Obviously the house wasn’t finished to have the party there…unless you call no electricity and a complete construction zone a party. We decided it was best to have it where there was no threat of injury. Enter the Fort Worth Zoo.
Since we had an hour for set up and take down, we had to keep the decor to a minimum. We just didn’t have the time, so we wanted to make sure what we did was awesome. We used Caitlin‘s genius DIY of succulents in these geometric dip bowls. I used the picture from Ramona’s street art with “is 4″ cut from the Silhouette machine.
This was such a simple centerpiece. It took about 30 minutes to create the whole thing, and it was ready to put on the table. Bam. Who knew throwing a party could be easy?
It wouldn’t be a party without a Fort Worth classic – a Black Forrest Cake from Swiss Pastry Shop. It’s gluten free and totally delicious. We cut the “Happy Birthday Ramona” with the Silhouette. Instead of the using the letters, we used the cut out for a punch out effect. It was easier to attach to the baker’s twine and gave us a more unique look. That elephant image was used on the invite…which we will have up as a printable for you!
With little ones, cupcakes are always easier especially on location. I got 6″ candles since I love the look of giant candles. 6″ isn’t giant but on a cupcake the proportions make me happy.
Believe it or not Beckett slept through the entire party. That was back in his chill days like age 0-3.5 weeks.
So there’s our relatively fuss free zoo birthday party. Simple DIYs that made a big difference. The centerpieces made the space feel less like a classroom. The cake and food is always top notch with us (Nick smoked some pork…it was delicious). The kids got to go into the zoo afterwards. It was a win for all.
We are looking forward to sharing the invite and favor bag printables with you later this week!