So, we went Rio Beach party all the way -- or at ;least as far as one Mommy could go with all the other happenings in our life at the moment (end of school, swim lessons, final games and sports parties etc). One of my favorite parts was the tiered fruit "cake" or sculpture. As mentioned above, I saw the idea on Pinterest, and loved it! My children LOVE fruit and with the party being in the summer what a great way to forget the junk food and the artificial sweets and go for the natural sweets - right? So, the fruit was Gabriel's task. We watched Rio together and we made a list of all of the fruits that he thought we should have. He then took his list with me to Martins and help select the fruit. Then, with the help of my awesome Sis-in-law Laura, we cut the fruit and positioned it around the tiers. How fun was it to cut the chevron melons? Who would have thought two moms would have found such delight in fruit cutting! In the end, I loved the way the tiers came to together to create a beautiful centerpiece and to set the atmosphere for the party? And if you are wondering about the Bulldog on top of the fruit...you will just have to watch the movie to understand!
So, understanding that we created the fruit sculpture, of course fruit was a main part of our menu--because certainly, there was a lot of it! (and the even better part of it, was that I planned it so that we could have fruit for our Father's Day Brunch the next morning!). We decided that grilled chicken would be a great compliment, so we served grilled chicken and pretzels for the little ones. The bright and bold colors of the fruit and vegetables made our table all the more festive!
Of course, because it was a children's party (and it is debatable whether there were 6 children or 8 children--adding my two brothers in the children count :) --there had to be games! We found a parrot pinata which the kids loved and beach balls to use as decorations and to play with in the yard.
Way to go Gabriel!
I love this picture because they look like little birds looking for food!
Of course, they were all trying to grab as much candy as their hands could hold!
The attire. No party, is complete without the attire...at least that is according to Abby. She wanted to be Jewel, the beautiful Blue Macaw bird. We found this dress-up outfit that was quickly was decided was "the one" and her birthday present from Mommy and Daddy. She was certainly the princess of the jungle for the day! Not to leave Gabe, or the other children out, they each had their own felt Macaw hat to wear! A-DOR-A-BLE!! Since the little babies were a little too small to dress up, the each were given a Bulldog for favors which of course added to the overall cuteness factor!
As with every party, there are always some great photos that are just all fun!
We finished our party watching Rio as a family. What a wonderful night for Gabriel and Abigail surrounded by so many that love them! Now we wait in anticipation for Rio 2 which Grandmommy pre-ordered for the kids for when it is released in mid-July! The kids asked if we could have a second party when we watched the movie.. this tired Mommy thinks we will just go with popcorn for that party!