7/8/13

camp max


saturday we all gathered up together in the rain to celebrate max and his birthday...summer camp-style. we made a nice fire and lit up lanterns while the little ones ran wild in the woods. food was grilled and sweets were had and i couldn't think of a better way to ring in max's 9th year. 

today is max's official day! this time last year we were celebrating him in between my contractions with phoebe. she's never one to miss a party! 
 
happy happy birthday, my boy. mama loves you wide as the widest moon. you're my favorite friend and forever guy...you're my max. 

shopping list:  post card and notepads from sideshow press // ice cream cups bought here locally but you can find some here // A-frame tents made following a little bit of these instructions ( i used 9x12 painters dropcloth to cover them...and painted the yellow stripe) // birch paper straws bought here // large craft paper food trays from here // s'more cupcakes and merit badge instructions from MARTHA (i designed my own badges)  // invitations and canvas bags and camp t-shirts are homemade ( iron on's for the t-shirts)  // much thanks to max's 2nd mama sara for some of the photos!

36 comments:

  1. Looks like a lot of fun! :-)

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  2. What a fun and creative theme! Happy birthday Max!

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  3. I love the idea of a Camp Theme for the party. So amazing.

    Level20Wife.com

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  4. What a fun party!! Those s'more cupcakes look amazing! I love the look on Max's face in that picture where all his friends are carrying him. Happy Birthday Max!!!

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  5. Your photos make me smile! Every, single, time! And that birthday party...what an amazing idea :D

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  6. ah, too cute! happiest of happy birthdays, max.

    xo

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  7. Looks like a perfect birthday party! :) mmm smore cupcakes

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  8. This is really special, the way the theme carried through the whole thing, in even the littlest way. Lucky boy! Happy birthday Max!

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  9. This is such a great birthday theme! I love it! Beautiful pictures as always.

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  10. This is just the best! Great job! My favorite are the shirts!

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  11. You throw THE BEST parties! What a lucky little man.

    Laken
    http://girlsforpearls.blogspot.com

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  12. omgoddness! I have looked at this post like 10 times today. What a special bday party!!! Max is one lucky kid to have such a caring, creative and wonderful Mom like you! Love just shines through these pictures.

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  13. Goodness. I can't get over these pictures. You seem like such a fun and amazingly creative mom. I think I'm going to need to channel some of your skillz-- we just moved into a large cabin in the pacific northwest and I'm thinking this sort of party would be so fun for my Graeme's fourth birthday coming up. (Thank you for being so generous with your source list, too!)

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  14. Oh my gosh Katie! I am so in LOVE with all of the details, but more so all of the SMILES! You can tell how much fun everyone is having, and Max is just so lucky to have a Mama like you, you creative goddess you! ;)

    Lots of love-
    Dani

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  15. Perfect in every way. Max is lucky to have a Mama who plans parties with so much love.

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  16. amazing party! your max is one lucky boy! happy birthday max!

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  17. LOVE everything about this! We used those same ice cream cups this weekend for our little lady's 1st birthday. looks like such a fun party.

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  18. This party looks super. I love the handmade tees and the giant white balloons. Thank you for sharing a slice of your birthday party (and the fab sources).

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  19. i just love your aesthetic- so clean and beautiful. you can tell you love that max of yours lots. what a lucky mama you are!

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  20. Looks like a perfect kid party....and s'more cupcakes? Yum!

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  21. Katie this is so wonderful!!!!!! It looks perfect!!! He is a lucky little duck xxxx

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  22. this looks like the best ever! brilliant!
    xx

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  23. such a lovely party, you're an amazing mother!

    Megan
    www.dinnerpartyassociation.com

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  24. I'm sure it's been mentioned but this party looks like something right out of a Wes Anderson movie!

    Happy 9th, Max!

    xo
    cortnie

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  25. Happy birthday Max! What a great party, he is a lucky kid :) the t-shirts are an amazing touch!

    Damaris
    The cat, you and us

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  26. This is insanely cute. Everything looks so fun! Happy birthday, Max!

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  27. What a lucky boy! This looks amazing - you always have the most amazing photos!
    Cx
    http://mixedmediumstheatre.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. How totally perfect! What a lucky lil dude to have parents like you guys to create such a wonderful day.. Loved it all, totally inspired for my future childrens!

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  29. I wish my family gatherings had t-shirts that cool!

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  30. Wow!! You sure know how to throw a party! So wonderful!! and how lovely pictures... loved this post! :) Happy birthday Max!!

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  31. That looks like such a fun party, but I would urge you to be careful not to base costumes on cultural stereotypes. Around Halloween, members of different marginalized groups participate in the We're a Culture, Not a Costume campaign (you can read more about it on CNN) to raise awareness for how hurtful stereotypes like this can be to real-life people whose heritage is often minimalized and reduced to a few misunderstandings from generations ago. Year round, examples of Native/First Nations appropriations are archived here http://this-is-not-native.tumblr.com/ and you can check out the information that the moderators include with each post for more information than I can provide on why it is not good to dress up in imitations of war bonnets.

    Again, your party looks lovely, and it's totally possible to have fun and plan something great without participating in cultural appropriation.

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  32. I've got to second what Meghan said. I adore your lovely blog, and have been a regular reader for what seems like forever. My heart sank when I saw the war bonnet/headdress photos. It's difficult to talk about, and it's especially difficult to talk about without seeming like a killjoy or a nit-picky jerk, but I have to say something. Such appropriation can be hurtful and degrading. I'll just leave it at that.

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  33. oh my goodness, so fun! i love the t-shirts. i love everything. such a great idea for a boy's birthday party.
    xo,
    andrea

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  34. and... perfection again ;) happy belated max!

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