The Birthday Party

Whew! It’s finally done! The birthday bash of 2010 was a huge success! Remember I was sick the last couple of weeks? Thought I had pink eye? I finally went to urgent care last Tuesday and found out it was not pink eye – it was actually allergy related! Apparently, I have horrible allergies. And that led to a horrible sinus infection. I should mention my sinuses didn’t even hurt, but there you have it. So I spent Wednesday recuperating.That left only Thursday and Friday to clean, and since I recently admitted to being a psycho cleaner before a party, that wasn’t much time. Which explains why I’ve been MIA since last Wednesday! I’m really going to get caught up this week…

Anyways, back to the party…it was a blast! 80 people showed up to help celebrate – 46 adults, 26 kids, and 8 babies a year old or younger. So chaos ensued as expected. And while we knew we’d get a Southern California summer day, it was 105+ degrees and humid. Not exactly outside party weather! But everybody was a trooper, and while most of the party was set up outside, lots of guests were inside, too. And we have the palapas in the backyard that are 10-15 degrees cooler underneath, so while still hot, at least it was bearable with the fans going.

Oh, and did I mention the huge water slide we rented for the kids? And “huge” is not really an exaggeration. 16 feet high and 24 feet long. And from the minute the kids arrived until the minute the guy came to pick it up that evening around 8:30, there were kids on that thing the entire time. I wanted to go down, I had my bathing suit on and was ready, but just never found a few minutes to do it!

View from across the street – yes, that thing is as high as the second floor of our house!
Tater going down with Cousin N
The kids lining up and waiting for turns
Me and Tater (who needed a little break)
Everybody sitting in “the splash zone” at the bottom of the slide to stay cool
There was also lots of food and drink! We had “The Taco Guy” cater the party. The bomb Mexican food made to order. Carne asada, chicken, and al pastor tacos and beans and rice. Yummy!
And while I considered not posting this picture, I decided to do it. Because I’ve mentioned before my family and friends are heathens and so yes, there was a ton of beer at the party (as well as soft drinks, water, and juice). Eight cases of beer to be exact. And every single last beer was drank by the time the last person left. That’s how my crew rolls! I was too busy running around being a good hostess to drink more than one or two during the party.  After the party though, was another story all together…
The birthday girls checking out the beer before we got it in the fridges outside
And no birthday party is complete without cake! Tater wanted a Spider Man cake. By the time I got to take a picture of it, he had already tasted the goods, although he denies putting his fingers in it.
Yes, the cat it out of the bag. Tater’s name is Ethan. I will continue to refer to him as Tater though since we all call him that 95% of the time anyways!
Note that Tater is singing “Happy Birthday”, too
Blowing out the candle (Spider Man…he picked it out himself)
Sticking his fingers in there again…in front of witnesses this time! Look at Cousin K in the back upset because he didn’t get to stick his fingers in, too!
And we sang again separately to the girls. Before we even decided whether or not to try to light the candles and hold them away from them, they decided the candles looked like more fun to eat than the cake. So the candles were quickly thrown out.
Ms. L and Ms. M digging in
Ms. L enjoying
Ms. L wondering why we’re all laughing
Ms. L really enjoyed her cake. Enough so that we hosed her down afterwards!
Ms. M trying to figure out how to get it all in at once
Eating the cake, not the frosting, which was surprising
Oh, there’s the frosting!
The aftermath
Because Ms. L is an exceptionally messy eater, photos of her after finishing her cake:
And no party is complete without presents, right?! But tell me that this is not ridiculous:
I should mention this table seats 12. It’s huge. And Sunday morning it took us over an hour to open them all! There were so many toys we are putting some of them away for later and not letting them open all of the toys at one time. It looked like a Toys R Us blew up in our living room.
Because neither hubby or I was thinking, we did not get one picture of all of us together! We don’t even have one picture of just him and I together! I always forget to get those pictures until it’s too late.
The kids had an amazing day and our family and friends showed them a lot of love. We are so blessed and appreciate that we have the best family and friends ever to help share the kids’ big day! And I’m also glad that I don’t have to think about another birthday party until next year!
And so it goes…


  1. Looks like it was a smashing success! Wow, that slide is TALL!
  2. NanaDiana says:
    Hey Natalie! What a grand party for such little mites! I love it! Love the water that everyone had a good that you love those kids so much! We have an Ethan too...but we all call him BabyE...just fits somehow. Hope you can get rested up now and take care of yourself~ I used to be the super cleaner before a party too..the kind of drive everyone crazy so everything could be perfect kind of hostess...yeah..that was me...with 4 little kids! Now that I am this age I am finding out that nobody much notices anyway! Give yourself a break! Diana
  3. Nina @ Momma Go Round says:
    OMG that looks like so much fun! That waterslide looks like a serious blast :) I might have to bug ya for who you rented it from for LJ's birthday.

    LOVE the pics of the girls with the cupcakes. Too cute!
  4. Allyson & Jere says:
    ReallY? You're SURPRISED by the amount of presents? You had 80 people at this party. I'm thinking with that many people, that many presents isn't surprising.

    Looks like a SUPER fun time for everyone. You guys do NOT mess around.
  5. The Gray Family says:
    wow Natalie I can't believe they are 1 and 3 already! Time goes by too fast (but they sure are cute). Glad you guys had a good party! Did you get my Facebook message last week? I know you have had a lot going on :>)
  6. What a fabulous party! Your kids are adorable and that beer picture is priceless!
  7. Maureen @ Tatter Scoops says:
    WOW looks like a fun party for sure and that slide is huge, I bet it was a hit for the kiddlings. Kudos for you to pull it through, mama esp with you being under the weather. How are you feeling now? Btw, I can totally relate. Last year for Lil' A's birthday we doesn't even have one picture of all 3 of us a family hahaha. There's always next year ;)
  8. Pumpkin and Piglet says:
    Wow, that looks like a great party! Please can I come next year?! I love the cake pics, so cute. And I really want to have a go on that slide, it's huge!
  9. Holy Crap!! That was one huge party. You are brave...very brave!! I totally would have spent my evening on that slide. I love those things!!

    So fun! Loved all the pictures. Especially the twins on the beers. Priceless!! That would make a great picture to blow up on their 21st birthday bash!!
  10. AW! too fun!

    my nephew's name is Ethan too. that much cute must run in the name.

    tip: find a photo happy friend or relative (like me) who will agree to take lots of photos throughout. I'm always the designated "photographer" and so every function gets documented. and I do it freeeee.

  11. adriel, from the mommyhood memos says:
    my oh my, that is one epic birthday bash. happy birthday to all your little presh pots!
  12. Mama Penguin says:
    wow! Looks like an awesome party. That slide is pretty cool, my boys would love something like that!! We'd never get them off of it lol. That is alot of presents lol but you did have a pretty big guest list! But whenever we get so many toys like that, we put them away to. hehe I still have 2 presents from J-man's b-day last year!!! They are just sitting up in the closet, they just had sooo much!
  13. Several things: a) I want an invite to one of your parties - that looks like a BLAST! b) I want to throw a party now. I LOVE entertaining! c) Your home is stunning and your kiddos are deliciously cute. d) This brought back so many sweet memories of my girls' first birthday just a few months ago... sigh. Happy birthdays, Mamma! (Oh, and if people told you that twins get easier after a year, they were either full of shit or they didn't also have a 3-year-old.)
  14. Belle's Butterfly says:
    Looks like you had a great day and a really fun time. That water slide looks so much fun, too bad it will be way too cold here in October to have one at Belle's party. I love the cake with the little finger prints, too cute!
  15. Looks like it was a wonderful day and a wonderful party. Though I guess my invite got lost in the mail ;)
  16. That looks lovely and amazing. I'm so glad you guys had a fun day - especially in the splash zone.
  17. Whew! Another great party behind you. And it really does look like a smashing success. That water slide looked way cool. Love the pics of the girls with their cake. Hopefully now you'll get better. I'm the queen of sinus infections. I think a little down time is in order.
  18. Aging Mommy says:
    OMG!!! You are SuperMom! I cannot even begin to imagine hosting a birthday party for three children with EIGHTY guests. Amazing. It looks like everyone had a fabulous time too.
  19. That looked like a blast! I cannot imagine all the work you put into that! The beer with the girls pic is the best. Our kid parties are just like that as well! Good Job Mommy!
  20. Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points says:
    What a great, great time!

    Summer finally arrived up here, so now I REALLY want that slide!

    Umm...for my teenagers.

  21. Mrs. MidAtlantic says:
    WOW. What a party!!
  22. Damn, girl, your backyard is wicked! I thought your town was a much older neighborhood. Apparently not? That is da bomb. (we had a yard like that in Scottsdale, really miss it!)

    You had front yard, backyard, the whole works! And that doesn't seem like THAT much beer considering how many peeps you had (that picture is precious, BTW!)

    Good job Mama! now get yourself a well-deserved rest!
  23. MommaKiss says:
    Sweet Jesus I want to come to a party at your house! Frikkin awesome!
    I'll even bring presents. That pic of the girls on the beer MUST be saved for their yearbook.
  24. I can't believe you considered not posting that picture of the girls with the beer. Of course, I loved it. Now I really wish we were neighbors. Of course, you may have needed 9 cases of beer, but I would have helped you clean up.
  25. luckydame says:
    A Mommy after my own heart....booze at a kids party! Gotta keep Mommy happy, right?

    Looks like a wonderful time.....and that water slide is out of control!
  26. Oh, perfect party for kids and adults! I'm impressed that you had the proper beers to go with Mexican food, too...score.

    Now you have to post about the after-party....
  27. I never had a splash zone at my birthday parties! My birthday is in July so I know all too well the pain of summer birthdays. Looks like a great time was had by all!
  28. Booyah's Momma says:
    You guys know how to throw a party! 80 people sounds like some shindig... you probably needed a few more of those beers after everyone left.

    And I love how one of the girls attacked that cupcake, and the other one seemed to pick at it daintily. Too cute.
  29. what a wonderful party and SLIDE!!!!!!!!

    I am so glad it went well, you are feeling better and you posted those ADORABLE pics of the kiddos, they made my day..>HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!
  30. Okay, relax. It's all done!!! Yeah!!! You must be so relieved and it looks like it was a huge success!!! Loved all the pics too!!! Your kids are so precious!

    And now come to think of it, I don't think we've ever had a family picture of the 6 of us at any of the kids' parties either!!
  31. Wow! So cool that you had a successfull birthday party. Your kiddos looked like they had a great time.
    Glad you are feeling better too!
  32. Sluiter Nation says:
    What a GREAT bday party! I wish we could do something so fun! We live on a deadend...the perfect place for a water slide! :)

    And you know what? I never got a family pic at Eddie's bday party either! Even though I meant to! Oops!
  33. Sippy Cup Mom says:
    What an amazing party!!!
  34. Sharlene T. says:
    If I promise to get cake all over my face, can I come next year?... definitely want to try the water slide, too... but, I can't blow out candles so someone will have to do that for me... great party, great family, great memories... thanks for sharing... come visit

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  35. Glad the birthday party was such a smashing success, despite the heat!

    I love the picture of the girls and the beers cases. What's a kids party without a little something for the adults?

    I also love the photos of them with the cake. priceless. I wish I had thought of stripping LMW down in his birthday. He was a disaster.

    So fun!!
  36. Oh my goodness! When you throw a party, you THROW a party!! Incredible!!!!
  37. Oh goodness! These pics were great! Um, the water slide? Taco Guy? Beer? Palapas? I want to come next time!

    And, yes, that's an insane amount of presents!
  38. redriverpak says:
    I'm gonna send a link to this post to my elderly parents along with a sarcastic note telling them how much my parties as a kid TOTALLY SUCKED!! compared to the shin-dig you people had!
  39. The Flying Chalupa says:
    Holy. Shit. You had CONES marking off sections of the street! You had it CATERED! I'm throwing in the towel. I'm done, I tell you, done! Next year, we're heading to your house. It looks like there are enough presents to go around. :)
  40. Holy cow now that is a party! And seriously it is the end of August why is the heat showing up now? We hit 108 here today.
  41. Holy crap. I'm going to break my own internet rules and say that party was EPIC! I mean, if I was a kid across the street having to eye that slide all day, I'd hate my parents for not being that awesome. And the twins on the beer?! Reminds me of one picture I have with D1 where she's laying on top of a huge thing of fireworks. Quality parenting, I tell ya!
  42. The Princess of Sarcasm says:
    Beer and a taco guy at a kids party? You are MY KIND OF GIRL!! My husband was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. He misses taco guys. Or little old ladies that drive around with a trunk full of tacos and tamales....
  43. What an awesome party! I am with you we cant have a party in my family with out beer and wine being served LOL. But add tacos, and a giant water slide too! I am so jealous I wasn't there parting it up with you guys LOL. I am glad everyone had a great time. The pictures are great, I loved the picture of the spiderman cake and the fingerprints LOL. Hope you are having an awesome week!


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