Shocking as it is, yes, he did turn 3. My first thought of planning his third birthday was that we do something small with family, maybe some cupcakes.
The party planner in me started to really take over. I all of the sudden started having all kinds of ideas. If you know me, you know, that those ideas can lead to big projects, late night crafting, building boats, hanging stars from ceilings.. etc etc etc. I mean, come on, I was an event planner in San Francisco in my past life.. it's only fitting.
One night Huddy and I got to talking about his birthday and we started talking about a Polo themed birthday. It was genius and fun. Polo happens to be some of his favorite books (although he will make it clear that he does not care for the dragon.. even if he is a friendly dragon.)
Polo is a series of books without words. They are graphic novels if you will. The pictures are incredible and the stories that we have come up with are top notch. Adrian takes the medal when it comes to story telling the adventures of Polo.
Polo is a dog that when he exits his tree house door, he is met with many adventures.
Here's how our adventure of Polo came to life:
It started with making the boat. It was made out of many old boxes we had around the house. Stroller boxes, moving boxes, Amazon boxes.. you name it. Then I wrapped it in brown paper and drew the lines on it and Huddy's name (where it says Polo in the book). The top I painted with some paint we had here at the house. The box was constructed without buying anything new, just some things we had around the house.
Then I made a shirt from felt for my little Polo. He was super excited when he woke up and opened his treasure box (like Polo has) and his birthday shirt was inside.
Then in the book there are these little green things that we call "Bee Boh Bee Boh's" We later learned they are called luniens from the very cool website : Chez Polo Website. Adrian, myself and Baby Nolan were all Bee Boh Bee Boh's.
Baby Bee Boh Bee Boh doing his funny face
The music for the party was from artist Gregory Toucas.
He did a lot of the music for the Chez Polo Website. I looked and looked for the music online to download, but was unable to find it. Luckily and thankfully, I emailed him and asked if he could send me the music. Gasp! HE DID! How amazing is that? I was very touched that he sent me the files for Huddy's birthday. Huddy was so excited when he heard the music in his play room. Thank you so much Gregory.
The decorations were mostly made out of felt.
The finished boat with Polo's lantern:
Polo's house with his friends:
The cupcakes with Polo and Bee Boh Bee Boh signs with the mushrooms and Martin the cat.
In the book Polo plops on a cloud and takes out a bowl and spoon and starts eating cloud. I made the cloud out of felt stuffed with filling.
Polo's friends hung around the room from their balloons
And the finished room with stars hanging from the ceiling
The food was kabobs from Polo and the Dragon. Polo invites the dragon over for dinner and the dragon flames some yummy kabobs.
There were balloons throughout the whole house:
There was a lot of fun had in the boat
But Baby Bee Boh Bee Boh was done!
Happy Birthday Little Man!