Lisa Leonard Designs

Matthias’ 8th birthday party

January 17th | DIY, events, family

Hello friends! I thought I’d share some pics from Matthias’ birthday party on Friday afternoon. I tried to keep it suuuper simple–but it’s still always a lot of work. This party came together really well and the kids had a blast.
I thought I’d swing by and get some balloons at the grocery store and it took forever. Sheesh! Thankfully, Matthias loved them, and they do add a lot of fun and color.The cake was just a vanilla cake baked in a bundt pan–but then I separated the frosting into 6 parts and used food coloring to make it colorful. I warmed it in the microwave just a bit so it would drizzle over the sides of the cake.Candles made it even more fun.Paper plates and napkins were from Target.I used paint brushes to hold the helium balloons in place–a couple of the balloons still wanted to fly around.For the party favors, we got each kiddos a box of skittles and they were stoked. So cute.Bonnie Johnson came and taught an art lesson. Matthias chose a power ranger for the subject of the painting. Each kid had a set-up with various size brushes, pencil, eraser, paper towel and canvas. First she she showed the group how to draw an outline of the power ranger in pencil. She went step by step.They did such a fabulous job. I love how each one turned out differently.Matthias blew out his candles, opened presents {he received so many nice things!} and the kids went home. Yay the party was a success!Then we cleaned up the leftovers and went to bed early!

Happy Birthday, Matthias! I can’t believe you are 8 years old. You are creative, smart and insightful. I can’t wait to watch you grow and learn new things this year. I love you so much!

26 Responses

  1. Southern Gal says:

    Happy Birthday to Matthias!

    What a neat party idea! I love that you had someone there to show them how to draw.

  2. LOVD says:

    Love this party and it look like he had a great time, which is most important. Love the simplicity of this party! It’s my goal for this year’s party when my son turns 10. Thanks for sharing such gorgeous pics – love the close-ups. I feel like I was there celebrating right with you.

  3. Meghan Hall says:

    I love all the colors!

  4. Amanda says:

    As soon as I opened this post, I was blown away by all the colours! So fun and vibrant! Love the photos of Matthias blowing out the candles; he looks so grown-up!

  5. Margaret says:

    What a wonderfully colourful party!! and what a great idea to have an art party. Little wonder Matthias had the best time!!

  6. beautiful pics of him blowing out the candles. you can see the joy on his face. he knows he is loved. thanks for sharing.

  7. Lauren says:

    oh my goodness! matty is 8?!?!? how the heck?!… love you sweet boy!

  8. Evil Pixie says:

    I LOVE the cake! I’m stealing this idea for my little sister’s birthday cake. :)

  9. Tia Davis says:

    What a great cake! I am thinking I will do this for my girl in a few months when she turns 6.

  10. What a great cake!!! Any tricks besides warming the frosting? Thank you

  11. I love what you did with the cake frosting and the paintbrushes tied to the balloons! Neat idea for any artist(my 8 yr old LOVES art)

  12. martha-caknitter says:

    Happy Birthday Matthias!! 8 is great! :-)

  13. Megan Boragine says:

    Happy bday to Eli’s bday buddy! I can’t believe Matty is 8!! Impossible. And Eli turned 20!! Truly impossible…! Love our boys.

  14. Melody says:

    Happy Birthday to Mattias!

  15. Mary Beth says:

    Wow! The cake – simple but flashy! (and I’m sure delicious)
    Such a fun party idea – the balloons were worth the wait!
    Enjoy this year – 8 is an awesome time in a boys life!

  16. kristi says:

    Happy Birthday, Matthias! Thanks for sharing his fun day!

  17. Jill says:

    What an awesome party! LOVE color! color! COLOR!

  18. tara says:

    that cake made my day.

  19. amanda d says:

    What a great idea for a party! The cake is so pretty!

  20. angie says:

    Looks like a blast! Love the “party favors”…I love Skittles! Hope he had a fantastic birthday!

  21. Tamrah T says:

    You’ve already inspired me on my next birthday theme. A lot of great ideas! Really loved the way that bundt cake glaze was kicked up a notch, too!

  22. Kelly says:

    I love the skittles and the balloons tied to the paintbrushes! Your mister is a cutie! Kelly

  23. Caroline says:

    Lisa – that cake is fantastic! I will have to make one like it for my nephew’s birthday! Great party ideas – thanks!

  24. Ani G W says:

    I love the cake! Such a cool theme!

  25. sheryl says:

    I wanted to do an art pary for my girl in July! Thanks for the inspiration on a few things! Love the cake! will be copying that, lol.

  26. Love the birthday ideas. Your son is way too cute!

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