Sunday, November 13, 2011

Firehouse Birthday Fun!

my sweet charlie turned 5 this november - we celebrated with our families, old friends and new classmates at a firehouse theme party! {oh, how mama loves a theme!}

fire truck invitation {discontinued from In Good Company Designs}

the welcoming committee

drink dispenser of lemonade, red cups displayed in a red lunchbox and red paper straws!

 red paper straws displayed in a mason jar, decorated with red grosgrain ribbon and a personalized fire truck sticker

red utensils displayed in red metal buckets {target dollar section}, red plates displayed in a red lunchbox and red napkins held securely in place by a little red wooden fire truck.

dalmation cake pops made by the amazing grandma jane, displayed in a vintage wooden coca-cola crate. {the hubby bought several of these on ebay years ago - finally found a use for them!}

marshmallow and oreo pops displayed in a vintage wooden coca-cola crate. 

marshmallow pops: marshmallows stuck on lollipop sticks and then dipped in white chocolate and then rolled in red, yellow and orange sprinkles.

oreo pops: double stuff oreos with a lollipop stick carefully inserted into the filling, then covered in milk chocolate. placed on wax paper until chocolate  hardened and then decorated with charlie's monogram and age in red icing. 

red and yellow m&ms displayed in red polka dot baking cups

marshmallows dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with orange and yellow sprinkles for a fire effect!  

{i wasn't thrilled with how they looked, but they tasted amazing!}

popcorn and red and yellow m&ms packaged in red and white polka dot favor bags. 

birthday cupcakes with red and white polka dot cupcake wrappers decorated with white icing and 'spray painted' with red food coloring and topped with a red chocolate fire helmet. i used a fire helmet candy mold and red chocolate melting wafters. {i can't with good conscience give the link for the fire helmet candy mold, because they were just plain awful to deal with!}

cupcakes with red and white polka dot cupcake wrappers and personalized fondant cupcake toppers - fire trucks, helmets and dalmations!  i wanted so badly to fib and say i made these cupcake toppers myself - but julie did such an amazing job!

after stuffing ourselves with burgers, dogs and tons of treats, it was time for a super cute fireman relay race, rides around town on a real fire truck,  pretend race car driving in poppy's cars, freeze dance and simon says. {three cheers for our master of ceremonies, hannah!}

it's not a party without favors! yellow polka dot favor boxes individually packaged in a clear bag, tied with a grosgrain ribbon and finished with a personalized fire truck sticker.  

 fire house themed chocolates handmade by the multi-talented uncle ross - who knew he was a master chocolatier?  love that guy! each of the {97} chocolates was individually packaged in a clear bag with a personalized candy bag wrapper!  we used merckens red, yellow and milk chocolate melting wafers and fire truck, helmet, badge and fire hydrant candy molds. 

charlie's birthday fun continued the next day at school with a birthday 'sharing snack' - popcorn and m&ms in personalized red metal mini pails for each classmate. {charlie's favorite treat is popcorn with m&ms in it - can you tell? love to the fabulous meg fay for inventing it a million years ago!} custom vinyl names and fire trucks by the fabulous kelly at 1derfully made! {if you can dream it up, she can create it!}

each of the 'sharing snacks' was individually packaged in a clear bag, tied with a grosgrain ribbon and finished with a personalized fire truck sticker

and the most important part - thank you notes! charlie's great grandmother, 'gaerta' would be so proud of him!

{fire truck fill in thank you notes}

much love to teams donneson and otis, the quogue fire department {all volunteers!} and my darling husband, who wrapped every single one of those chocolates! 

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