William turned 4!! His birthday is April 1st (our little April fools baby). Whenever I throw a party for my kids, which hasn't happened very often seeing as my oldest just turned 4 ha!, I try to make it all about WHO they are at that age. For William, it has always been easy! He is passionate (obsessive??) about the things he loves, for his second birthday I threw him a Luigi themed party - which was perfect for who he was at that time considering he never parted from that doll (who he still sleeps with every single night). So, for his 4th birthday it was a no-brainer. William LOVES the alphabet!
I wanted to incorporate New York City into the theme as well, because this has been a huge year for William developmentally and it is largely due to this incredible city (and all of his smarts and hard work, too!). He has had incredible speech therapists and teachers and he truly has blossomed. As I was trying to tie the two themes together it just came to me! Bam! Alphabet City! I didn't make this up on my own, there is actually a neighborhood on the lower east side of Manhattan that is called Alphabet City-- so I mean, how much more perfect could it get? And once I had the idea, the ideas came rolling it. Per usual, things snow-balled because I love parties and throwing them for my kids brings me so much joy (picturing their reactions to everything is what keeps me going when I try to "stop" haha). We served apples, apple sauce pouches, letter pb+j's, pretzels, letter crackers, and drinks!
Originally, I had planned to have a BIG party with all of our friends from church, school, and my personal friends who have been such huge cheerleaders for our little guy. When it comes to birthdays, I always want to include everyone because after all, the more the merrier, right? But alas, having an April birthday complicates things. Last year we cancelled his party entirely due to weather! This year, he was SO excited and knew the Alphabet party was coming so I didn't want to plan something and have to cancel. So, we kept it to just his age-group church friends in our small little NY apartment. And guess what? IT DID RAIN! So, I can at least feel good about that, because I really missed having all of my people there.
Because the party was indoors, with lots of kids and parents, I wanted to keep the activities minimal and the party relatively short (about 1.5hrs!). We had a face painter come for the first 45 minutes, did the piñata, sang Happy Birthday and ate cake! I've thrown a lot of kids parties where I prepare waaaaay too much food, so I am happy to report I kept myself in check this time around and kept the food simple---and NYC themed ;)
I want to give a special shout out to two of my very talented friends who helped me bring this party vision to life. Lauren Clements & Emily Formentini. I knew I wanted an Alphabet City party, I knew what I wanted things to look like but am the first to admit my personal skillset in actually creating these things is limited! I am super grateful to have exceptionally talented friends who are always willing to help me! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart, not only for helping me but for making William so happy- he was so excited about the party because of the things you guys created.
William is such a wonderful child and seeing his face light up for his birthday was so rewarding. He makes me happier than I could ever have imagined! I think I should retire from throwing him parties after this one, quit while I'm ahead, ya know? I mean, how will I EVER top this party? It was SO perfect for him. I get stressed just thinking about it haha. Happy Birthday my little boy. You are my first born and my most favorite William in the whole wide world. I love you, kid!
(Alphabet cookie cutters for sandwiches are from Amazon. Photos by myself and my husband Chris, who was there even tho we didn't seem to snag a photo of him with the birthday boy! Fail!)