A Summer's Adventure Birthday Party
I still love to THEME parties all out. I thought a White Water River Rafting party would be ideal since it was the very middle of summertime and since we live in Colorado, next door to the splashing rapids! Our boys are *just* the right age to experience river rapids for the first time. We piled in our cars, party gear in tow, and headed away for a big family weekend out. My parents and brother came too!
To kick off the festivities, we started our vacation with a picnic birthday party on the beach next to the river where all the rafters put in. Our location was absolutely perfect because we had rafters passing down the river, RIGHT next to our picnic party, which completely enhanced my lil theme! ;)
How awesome is that?!!
I served light finger foods and special munchies. These veggie, dip, and bread appetizers were one of the first brilliant ideas I discovered on Pinterest. And oh yes! I copied it so hard! ;)
Start with loaves of baguette bread. Cut into a few pieces with one side straight and the other angled. Cut the middle of the bread out. Spoon veggie dip into the center. Finish by sticking cut veggie sticks inside! I used red bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, celery, and carrots.
I also made a popular "comeback sauce" for the chips and veggies.
I folded down paper lunch sacks to create rustic picnic "bowls" for our cherry covered pretzels and other crackers.
The best part were the HOMEMADE potato chips! This was the first time I made them and I'm in love. They taste extra yummy. I don't even like regular potato chips, but these are amazing.
For a lil bit of sweet, I made Creamy Rich Peanut Butter Brownies.
To keep in theme, I served RIVER RAT trail mix to feed to all the hungry river runners!
Our picnic was so beautiful and peaceful. BUT...really? How can a picnic not be amazing when you're right on a river, with green trees everywhere! Our great big beautiful outdoors, which we all get to enjoy in different forms, is truly a blessing.
For the decor, I kept it natural and rustic to match the outdoors. Those rafters in the background were the BEST part of the decor!
My super cool husband is really good at origami. Remember my Valentine paper flowers?? He made these river boats for our party decor! Thank you, thank you Chris! I added some washi tape flags in some of them.
photo via instagram @mooreminutes
I also wrapped tea lights with washi tape. Both the paper boats and tea lights were scattered along the table.
After the birthday song, candles, cake, and gifts, it was time for a short PARTY GAME! To celebrate the outdoors, I asked the boys what 3 colors they most often saw in nature. The answers: BLUE, BROWN, and GREEN. Each boy was assigned a color and his job was to hunt over the rocks, around logs, in trees, and under leaves for 3 items that matched his NATURE COLOR.
Shhh, these are the surprises that were hidden.
Blue for nature's water and sky
Green for nature's plants, trees, and grass
Brown for nature's earthy ground
Ready, Set, Go!!
The surprises were hidden all over the trees and rocks.
Annnd, they are so so similar! Both have a bit of a mischievous streak! In this "photo shoot" my Dad is torturing Kotah with tickles.
Our picnic party was a memorable success!
Next, we packed up the party and started out on a hike!
This hiking area and stream is absolutely gorgeous! Colorado love.
I'm pretty sure we had a little too much birthday cake,
because we were some kind of sugar crazy...doing squats with balanced water bottles and just being silly on our hike.
This is how Chris and my brother, Kyle, greet each other when they've been apart for 5 seconds.
We had to come back later to play with our paper boat rafts in the river because we forgot to during the hike!
After an excellent Italian dinner in downtown Glenwood Springs, some fun in the hotel pool, and a good night's sleep we were ready for the NEXT DAY.
Our party grand finale:
a guided White Water River Rafting Trip!
The boys got a quick tour inside the boat house before we left!
SO VERY EXCITED!
River Rats riding the rapids!
Happy Birthday Dad and Dakotah!
Cheers to you both,
to God's beautiful earth,
and to adventure!
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