Robin Hood and Little John were walking through the forest….Oo-de-lally, oo-de-lally, golly, what a day!
What a day it surely was as we celebrated CT4’s fifth birthday! He was really into Robin Hood and “bows and arrows” then, so we turned our home into its own version of Sherwood Forest and Nottingham, dressed the kids up, gave them swords and bows and arrows and then let them loose!
The party was actually in November. The cool weather, early eve and setting sun time was perfect for hot dogs and smores. We had a ton of people between family and preschool friends and their families who came over to celebrate and my sweet Brother Bear had the best day. Most of the party stuff, I got from my go to – Oriental Trading. Some was gifted in exchange for the post and some I purchased.
I have to tell y’all, this kid has a heart of gold. He is my ride or die – and I tell people that if I were in the middle of the road about to get hit by a bus, Annie M would be a few yards back in the safe zone, calling 9-1-1 and giving explicit details – calm and observant, intentional in her attempt to get help.
Brother??? If I’m going down, he’s going to come blazing in, guns a slinging, like the Tasmanian devil, riding in on a white horse and save me – or die trying. He is all boy, yet as tender as they come. While we have our moments, I swear, I have never met such a sweetheart. He loves to be a helper, is a deep thinker (with his “engineer brain” deemed by himself) and he loves to look for solutions to help or serve others. He is my snuggle bug, hand holder and little lover all in one.
The current question that he ponders and we discuss nightly is, “How can he follow Jesus if he can’t see Him to walk behind….” We have had lots of faith discussions lately and talked lots about what it means to have faith and the little glimpses of God that He gives us along the way. He is quite literal in his words and thoughts and I love watching him process and learn. 🙂
As for other party details, one of the things I loved about all of this was that lots of the decor was old stuff that I used and then recycled (AND got it out of my house!!!) #winning
The castle was made out of tissue paper that I stamped with a sponge for a stone-like effect and the trees were from the paper that comes in the Amazon packages…lets be honest, I have a lot of that.
I had fabric scraps that I used for their outfits (though, I did buy new for the main pieces), and had some red feathers lying around, so just bought what I needed to supplement. The swords, goblets and mini bow and arrow sets were from Oriental Trading, as well as all of the serving stuff (plates, napkins, utensils, etc).
The straws, I turned into arrows by cutting card stock and gluing on. The hats I made from felt and they are no sew. I took a ton of pictures and should do a step by step for you at some point. All you need though is scissors, a hot glue gun and felt.
Really, for the party, we had no formal plans, but the kids had a blast chasing each other, swinging (below the belt) with swords and shooting at mini targets we had set up around the yard. We ate, did smores and then opened presents and called it a day!
I feel like the five year old mark has been the year that my kids have really grown. Height wise as well as maturity, knowledge, spiritual, emotional, losing their chubby cheeks, growing out of their sweet lisps and all, its like they go from small child to official kid. Sad my baby is growing up – we keep telling him we are going to put a brick on his head – but excited to see all the Lord has in store for him!