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Sunday, 28 September 2008






We celebrated Xavier's birthday yesterday and I promised you pictures of my little angel's day. Here they are. We were suppose to receive rain in our area the entire week-end. I prayed for sunshine. There's something to be said about the power of prayer, we were blessed with a beautiful, sunny day on Saturday. It rained immediately after the last guest left. I truly thank my higher power for blessing Xavier's day.

We posted zoo signs through out the yard(above), and tied jungle themed balloons on the posts. The "Xavier's Zoo" and "Enter At Your Own Risk" were at the entrance of the tent. We had two others that said, "Lions, Tiger, and Bears" and "Don't Feed Me".


Stuffed animals from the Goodwill were used as center pieces for each table. After the party we give them to the kids as party favors, that's after we made some of the adults put them back. We ordered jungle themed party favors from Oriental Trading and placed them into a jungle themed favor bag. Each child took home a box of the Barnum and Bailey animal cookies. Xavier loved the cookies.





We had approximately 30 guests, and served jungle burgers, warthogs, snake salad, quick sand, toad salad, floating grass, red fungus, swamp juice with ants, rolling rocks, and monkey bread. Better known as hamburgers, hot dogs, spaghetti salad, mac & cheese, potato salad, green beans & corn, stuffed tomatoes with crab, green punch with raisins, and hot dogs & hamburger rolls. We added mixed fruit with Whipped Creme to the menu as well.



Granddaddy Preparing The Warthogs


Xavier's cousin, Ciarra, announcing She's At the Party

In the picture above Ciarra, Xavier's cousin, is telling one of her Uncles that she's at the party. She just turned 2, it was hilarious.

We served jungle cupcakes (above). I had the bakery sculpt the icing in a grass texture and we used jungle shaped cupcake picks in the center. Everyone loved them. Initially we were going to use a cupcake tree, but we decided to just place them on a tray so the children could retrieve them easily. We did half of the cupcakes in chocolate and half in yellow with a butter cream icing. Everyone of the cupcakes disappeared. The children seemed to like them better than the cake.

The cake that we used for Xavier to stick his hand in had a whipped icing. As you can see, he decided to stick his face in the cake too. He was willing to share the icing with everyone by giving icing kisses. Gran didn't mind. I love sugars from Xavier, lol. The cupcake shirt that he's wearing is by Ambajam. They will be featured on our blog next month.


Everyone Singing Happy Birthday


Xavier Sharing Cake With Mommy & His Cousins looking On.


Mommy Wondering How She's Going to Get Xavier Clean



Xavier received so many gifts my daughter and son-in-law couldn't fit everything into their car. My daughter's in-laws had to load half of them into their SUV. Guess who won't be buying toys for Christmas. His favorite gifts were the Popcorn Popper that you push and the little balls pop up and down and his motorized car. His cousin is helping him with his new wheels in the picture below. My long drive way is finally good for something.

Opening Gifts With Aunt Nikki




Xavier With His Cousin Jordon


We played Pin The Banana on the Monkey and a board game similar to Candy Land, but with a jungle theme. The kids actually perferred to run and play football. Go figure!
We were worried that we would be unable to get the icing out of Xavier's shirt, but with a little Tide and a good soak in cold water it washed up beautifully. It's adorable, we're going to let him wear it until he grows out of it.
We hope that you enjoyed the pictures. I'm not sure who had the most fun, the children or the adults. We will be doing a post on party ideas. Feel free to send your ideas to rhonda@gigglesnsugarkisses.com. We will add them.


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