Three birthdays within three days of each other means figuring out how to mash-up Batman, Catboy and Unicorn birthday party themes!
Back in May, our three “big kids” had their birthdays. Believe it or not, they actually shared a due date; my daughter and my twins were all supposed to be born on June 6th, just two years apart. Though they didn’t come on the same day, they did come within three days of each other!
At this point in their lives, they graciously share a birthday party. I definitely recognize these days are numbered, but it was a great, four-year run of combined parties! It’s also been a fabulous run of having just ONE family party for all of them and zero friend parties.
Ah yes, I can see the mass chaos of friend parties on the horizon now that Lizzie will go to Kindergarten this fall. And, no doubt, once she has a friend party… the twins will be ready for theirs.
Anyway, as a result of having three birthday parties at one time, we also mash-up three different themes.
Mermaids & Pirates
When the boys turned one, I was able to finagle (which is code for brainwash my three-year-old) my own theme of “Mermaids and Pirates” to make everything cutesy and right with my Pinterest-obsessed world.
Rapunzel & Construction
When they turned two, I wasn’t able to combine the girl and boy theme, but at least the boys didn’t care enough to have their theme separated. That year, Lizzie chose Rapunzel and Fitzgerald and Milo shared a construction-theme. Still, at least I got away with making only two cakes.
Belle, Thomas the Train & Dinosaurs
Around the time they turned three, their interests diverged. That and their opinions and wills became much stronger. So the option to combine a theme for the boys was dead before it even hit the water. Therefore, I made three cakes: one Belle, one Thomas the Train and one dinosaur.
Now, I have no issue making three cakes. However, my issue is my unceasing desire to make three Pinterest cakes. And you all know what that means.
… and if you don’t, I’ll let the pictures below and the fact I stayed up until two o’clock in the morning decorating the night before speak for what that means.
Catboy, Batman Riding a Green Motorcycle (in a jungle)
And good thing I did! Because this year, the themes were Kitty Cat Unicorn, Catboy and from my wild card child… Batman riding a green motorcycle. Oh, in a jungle.
I can’t make this up.
Our cake lady was so wonderful and did her best to accommodate everyone and every request. I did, however, put a stop to the “in a jungle” madness. I was crossing my fingers he would retract that portion of things, but, alas, he did not. In hindsight, the request would have been simple enough to follow through on by adding a few plastic palm trees. But, I digress.
We ended up doing three, four-inch cakes. This seemed way too small when our baker first suggested it. Because the cakes were three tiers tall, however, they managed to feed the almost 30 guests we had in attendance.
In case you’re curious, Catboy was red velvet with cream cheese frosting inside. The kitty unicorn was almond cake with amaretto frosting. And finally, Batman: chocolate cake with monster cookie dough filling. My favorite was the monster cookie option, but I have a severe monster cookie addiction since the birth of my children.
Also, be sure to check our baker, LittleCakes, out on Instagram. Her work is so beautiful and so creative… not to mention, delicious! And even better: she’s super sweet and tries so hard to make your wildest cake dreams come true!
Decor & Food
Aside from the cakes, which certainly stole the show, I tried to do a nod to each birthday kid’s chosen theme. I kept décor simple this year, so they each got to pick out a fancy balloon at Party City and I created one banner for each.
For food, I did PJ Mask-themed fruit (blueberries, strawberries and green grapes) and waters (get the labels here, free!). Unicorn-Kitty birthday party theme had Unicorn Muddy Buddies. And Batman had Joker Juice (lemonade dyed green) and Batman-shaped cheese. The cheese was so simple, but pretty darn impressive, if I do say so myself. Just pre-sliced cheese and a small Batman cookie cutter I scooped up on Amazon.
I’ll share the recipe for the Unicorn Muddy Buddies in my next post.They were awesome and devoured super quickly, which I was totally surprised about!
And for a main course, we kept things simple by making shredded beef sandwiches. I roasted a few roasts ahead of time using my tried-and-true, super simple method. When party-time came, I put the beef in crock pots to warm it up and had buns at the ready for sandwiches. Doing a roast is one of my favorite ways to feed a crowd… so simple and such a crowd pleaser! If you’re looking for a way to feed a large number of people easily (baptisms, graduation parties, reunions birthday parties…), I highly recommend it.
Plus, a bonus? If you wait for the right time, you can usually snag a beef chuck roast pretty inexpensive.
What kind of birthday parties have you done for your kids? Do you keep it simple or go all out? Have you ever had a unicorn birthday party?
Don’t forget to pin any images for future birthday party inspiration!