This year, however, I can feel my issues subsiding (it really isn't "all about control"... really) and I was half tempted to open up the Birthday Express catalog, let him pick a party and order up the gaudy themed decor. However, Porter really wanted a Mickey Mouse themed birthday and while I really was close to going with the flow and doing what normal parents do for birthdays, I decided to hop around online and find out what other people might have done.
I found THE most adorable cupcakes on Flickr and decided... what the hell... let's go with a color theme and subtle hints of Mickey, no?
So that's what I did. And I love how it turned out!
***ETA*** The ears/hat is made from rolled fondant. I bought it at JoAnn already made (white) and purchased icing dye (black) and hand mixed it. Much easier than I thought!
These were probably the biggest hit....
Now, doesn't this look like a happy birthday boy? Man... why couldn't I get a cute shot like this of MY kid?
A little game of "Pin the Birthday Hat on Mickey"
The prize for playing along...
Wow... zoned much? I think I remember saying this last year on his birthday... "I swear he had a good time... but I have zero pictures of him smiling!" HAHA! I will admit... he was probably a little traumatized at this moment. See, the original candle I had for him was a "#3" sparkler. And I lit it and he freaked out. So... I tried to blow it out but... well, have you ever tried to blow out a sparkler? So I rushed it to the sink and busted out the plain ol' birthday candles. So, by this time Porter was SO over the hoopla.
He wasn't too keen on everyone singing to him
Ryan's parents started a tradition with the grand kids that they get a bike for their 3rd birthday. Unfortunately, Nina wasn't able to be with us to give Porter his 3rd Birthday Bike, but we know it was truly from BOTH Nina and Papa. :)