The day finally came to celebrate my son’s 4th birthday with our closest family and friends. I did not do everything as I had planned, and never did I realize how stressful it would be. There are so many details to everything that involves organizing a party and I’m still a little sleep deprived from the restless nights following up to the big day. It seems like the simpler your party is, the more work there is to do. If you have a large budget, and can buy everything, it’s easier. Since we had a pretty small budget to work with, everything had to be done with our own hands, but it had a lot more love in it. All in all, my son was truly happy and had a day he will never forget, no matter how much money we spent.
Unfortunately, I did not take as many pics as I should have but I will try to get better at this party stuff as years go by.
First of all, I am so happy I was able to get creative for this party and forcibly made time for my favorite hobby, arts and crafts. I ended up making all of the decorations, and my sister-in-law was able to make a number 4 piñata, not the bull piñata we intended to do, but everything came out pretty nice.
The idea I used to guide me was the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. That was what my son wanted. He had told me: “Mami, I want it to look like Las Vegas.” So I used the colors: red, gold, black, and white in my theme.
For the tables I used red table covers, burlap runners with golden highlights, and gold centerpieces. I got straw cowboy hats for all the children and had balloons shaped into bulls, and placed it all in a wagon in the entrance of my backyard, which is where the party took place.
I drew inspiration from many western birthday party ideas I found on Pinterest. I had watermelon wedges on popsicle sticks, an idea from dicasdajapa.com.br; baskets of baggies of popcorn wrapped in green tissue paper to make it look like corn on the cob from myincrediblerecipes.com (for my idea on how to make them, check out my Popcorn Baggie Post); horse cupcakes I was able to prepare the day before inspired by moneywisemoms.com; and the drinks were placed with ice in an old wheelbarrow, an idea from youaretheroots.com. All these ideas, and more, are found in my Bull Rider Birthday Party Pinterest Board.
For the main dish, my sister-in-law prepared an authentic Salvadorean dish, panes con pollo, which were brought out to the tables later into the afternoon.
Learn how to make these in How to Make Popcorn Baggies that look like Corn on a Cob
The backdrop for the cake included a modified PBR Logo and my son’s name surrounding it. For instructions on how to make it you can read the PBR Logo post.
For the cake I decided to order a regular rectangular cake from our favorite bakery, and I purchased a professional bull riders, clown, and gates set online as the cake topper.
That was my son’s favorite part of the entire party! He practically sleeps with this set.
The rest of the decorations were done with the same bull stencil I made in the silhouette art post.
I just traced the bull on black foam board and cut it out with a knife.
I also prepared a pin-the-tail-on-the-bull game with the bull painting I made. I made the tails out of light brown felt. I just cut strips of felt and gave the tip a little fringe. Right before the game, I added a strip of Scotch double-sided tape to each tail, and they stuck very well. The kids had a lot of fun.
Here is the piñata in the making and right before it got smashed into pieces.
There were many untaken pictures but what was not able to get captured behind a camera will be in our memories always. In the end, the chaos was all worth it.