Monday, January 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Jai!

My beautiful baby boy turned 4 (already!) last Saturday (3/01/09). It is such a hectic time after Christmas and I never feel ready for it, usually because I never am! The invites are sent out last minute, and the 2 days before were spent up late sewing and baking. But I love parties and all the hard work that goes into them.

Jai picked the Disney movie "Cars" as his theme this year - last year it was "herbie", so he is still into cars lol. I remembered buying some pre-cut Cars fabric from spotlight about a year earlier so dug it out of my stash and whipped up a pair of shorts for him (burda pattern again!) and did a matching tee. I thought that I'd wrap the set up and add it to his presents. I thought he'd like them, but never guessed he'd appreciate my efforts this much (he made me feel so proud!):

Here's some modeled shots:
One of the main activities we had at his party was getting the children to make a 'derby car' - I went to Toys R Us to get some cardboard boxes and then cut out circle shapes of card: black ones to be wheels and white ones for the headlights. Then we used white ribbon for the straps and then they were decorated with textas and foam stickers. Even the adults got involved with Steve helping Jai with his - he even made a steering wheel, and Steve's mum was running after the other children adding the stickers that hadn't been used yet.

I planned to take more photos of the actual race, but I got busy getting the lunch ready and served and then after lunch it was a bit too hot for derby racing - we ended up handing out water pistols instead. Before we knew it time was flying and some guests had to leave, so we quickly bashed away at the lightening McQueen pinata and then it was time for cake! I wanted to do a 3d cars one like I did for Jordan's birthday, but Jai insisted on a flat one lol.... which in the end was quicker so I was happy for that (yet still managed to be working on it until 2am).

Oh and here's the photos I used for the front of his birthday invitations too:
Awww, those 4 years just went by too fast......

Natalie xx


Amanda said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! If that's what you do at the last minute I'd love to see what you do with a lot of time! You did a fabulous job and he looks so happy with his shorts.

Cass said...

Natalie that all looks and sounds fantastic and it certainly looked like Jai had a great day

Little Munchkins said...

Happy birthday Jai! Fabulous outfit and he looks mighty pleased with it too.

Andrea said...

Looks like a great day was had. I just love the outfit and Jai's reaction, how adorable.
In some of those baby shots he really looks like Miss C.

Cathy said...

Happy birthday to your little man! My eldest turns 4 this year as quickly time flies! He had a Cars theme for his 3rd birthday :)