Linden Turns 4

10 Nov


Two weeks ago, my sweet baby boy turned 4. He basically planned his party months before and TOLD me that he wanted a Toy Story party and instead of a cake he wanted a GIANT COOKIE! Awesome, less planning for me!

We slacked on the pictures this year and missed out on some of the details that I wanted to share, like the food!

I will just tell you what we served, instead:

Buzz Lightyear’s gluten free rice crispy Rocket treats

Zurg’s Intergalactic Rocket Crackers (aka Trader Joes Rocket crackers)

Ken and Barbie’s fruit and fruit dip

The Round Up Gang’s veggies and dairy free ranch dip

Pizza Planet Pizza


and  for dessert:

Army Men allergy friendly cupcakes and a humongous M&M and chocolate chip cookie.

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There were 17 kids and 2 babies at the party this year, so our activities were a bit chaotic at times.

We had a felt Mr. Potato Head where the kids were blindfolded and got to put the body parts on him.

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Steven borrowed a cowboy boot from his lovely boss and the kids tossed little rubber snakes into the boot. It was a play on one of Woody’s catch phrases, “There’s a snake in my boot!”


A few years ago Linden received a riding horse for a gift from his Gam & Pa and it was the perfect time to have it out for the kids to ‘Take A Ride On Bullseye’


There was a jar of army men for everyone to take guesses on how many were inside.


I also made a claw game filled with treats and toys for the kids to add to their favor bags. We had a little snafu with those bags and the claw game, however, and they somehow got ransacked a bit early, oops! There were candy, favors, and toys EVERYWHERE! At least they had fun!

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Because Linden’s birthday is October 29th, we like to have costume parties. We choose not to celebrate halloween, so for us it is a special time to celebrate Linden and use that as our day to be in costume and have treats. This year we didn’t require costumes from our guests but did encourage it. The Colo clan is another story! We all dressed up like a character from Toy Story.

I dressed like one of the aliens from the claw game


Steven dressed as Sarge the army man


Lilah was Barbie (she had a pink belt on but kept taking it off)


and Linden was Buzz Lightyear (of course)


No party is complete without an Etch A Sketch photo booth

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We had a great time this year. I love having big celebrations and letting everyone run around like crazy. It makes the perfectionist in me have to let go and surrender to the anarchy.

**In case you were curious, we found most of the costume items at value village/Goodwill. I made my alien hat from a $0.50 beanie, styrofoam balls and a hot glue gun. I did order my tights and Lilah’s leg warmers on Amazon though. I was fortunate to receive the banner and huge toy story poster for free from my local Buy Nothing group. With the help of the dollar tree and Michaels the rest of the projects were quick to put together.


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