After we got all of the pool area decorated, we got some pictures with our 5 year old boy! (LL isn't in any of these pictures because she was at another birthday party for a friend from school).
We all dressed in theme! Matt's shirt is from Target, Cooper's is one I found at a kid's sale, but mine is from Amazon (here).
We went super simple on the decor and mostly re-used stuff from past parties. My mom keeps a "party closet" at her house and we store all of the stuff we buy (that can be re-used) there. Almost everything for this party was pulled from the party closet!
This was the food table (we kept it super simple with hotdogs, chips, and cupcakes). We have gone all out in other years, but it is just so stressful, and we always have so much extra food. This was super easy and quick, and almost all of the food was eaten! Win-win!
The gift/favor table. For favors, I bought a pack of super-hero masks (link here), and all of the kids seemed to enjoy them! I know mine have loved the leftover ones that we have at home!
I printed off some pictures of Cooper over the last year and strung them up. While this was super cute and fun for me to do, hardly anyone actually looked at them - haha. I don't know if it's something we'll be doing again!
The set up!
In the pool and waiting for friends!
I didn't take a ton of pictures during the party because, honestly, it would just be a ton of pictures of people swimming! I did take a few, though.
It didn't take long before the boys started throwing the kids - haha. I am so surprised at how high Clint could throw LL! She's not super heavy, but she's so long that it's hard to throw her. He got her up high and she loved it!
Cooper wanted to be thrown - just not as high- haha.
These girls enjoyed the fountain pool! Much slower paced than the big pool with all the big kids - haha.
Hanging on the sideline and watching the action!
Everyone swam for a little over and hour and then we brought the food out. Hotdogs and cheetos? Cooper couldn't be happier.
It's no secret that I love me a cake from Publix and will use just about any excuse I can get to buy one. However, we decided to keep it more simple (and cheaper) and go with cupcakes from Sam's (that were surprisingly very yummy!). I just asked them to decorate them in red, blue, and green, and then I put in these cake toppers myself (link here).
No surprise that he wanted a blue cupcake with blue candles to blow out. :)
Ready for his birthday song!
The messier you are, the better they taste!
Cooper and all of his friends! (Minus Nora who wasn't feeling the picture opportunity.)
My favorite sister! She's such a good aunt to drive from Atlanta twice a year for birthday parties!
The Parker's haven't been able to come the last few years, so it was so nice to have everyone here this year!
It takes a special woman to come sit in 100+ degree heat for a kid's birthday party! I promise you, I will return the favor one day when there are little McIntosh's running around!
Nora is one of Cooper's sweet friends from school.
I hope these boys grow up to be the best of friends just like their Daddies are!
We got home right at bed time, but it seemed cruel to us to make Cooper wait until the morning to play with any of his toys. We let him and LL stay up an extra 45ish minutes to get some play time in.
Thank goodness Uncle Bryan and Aunt Roiane pulled through with the "blue ninja turtle". Right at the last minute, Cooper started asking for this non-stop!
Cooper had a blast at his party, and it was a great way to kick off him turning 5!
You can see his past birthday parties here:
Shark Birthday (4th)
Car's Birthday (3rd)
Construction Birthday (2nd)
Cooper's Crab Shack (1st)