This past Monday, my baby turned 4. Although we are so proud of the smart, adventurous little boy with a heart of gold that Wheels has become, this is sad for me! For Wesley, 4 years to 5 years was a transition. He left behind his toddler-ness and became a little dude. Now that Wheels is 4, I know that is coming for him too! I won’t have any more little babies.
Birthdays are a big deal for our family. I love birthdays. I thoroughly enjoy planning them and making the day special. Three months ago, when I asked William what kind of party he wanted, without hesitation, he told me, “alligator!” Yesss, challenge accepted! How much fun is my kid?! He could have easily said PJ Masks or Blaze and the Monster Machines. I could have bought matching plates, napkins, and wrapping paper. Nope, he chose an alligator birthday party.
William doesn’t like school like Wesley does. He often tells me that no one wants to play with him or he doesn’t have any friends. Four kiddos from school came, and it really made me happy to see William having so much fun with them.
Welcome to the Richardson swamp!
The party was an easy party to orchestrate. July is a hot, hot month in South Alabama. So, William’s birthday parties must have water involved, no matter the theme. Although, water does fit nicely with alligators. We rented a blow-up bouncy house water slide, which was a hit! The kids could have slept on it if it was possible. They loved it. Having the bouncy house, I didn’t have to explain any games, dinosaur egg hunts (read about our dino party here), or crafts. They didn’t want to do anything else! So, mom actually got to sit down and watch the party! Usually I’m running around the entire time.
The party started at 2PM, but I always plan for food, rather than just a snack. Here’s a few food ideas for an alligator themed party:
- Hot dogs, cattails
- Applesauce cups, swamp sauce
- Chips, chomp chips
- Watermelon, marsh-melon
- Grapes, alligator eyes
- Gatorade, gator-ade
- Lemonade, swamp water
Publix did an amazing job making the alligator cupcake cake I requested. It was my pièce de résistance. I had ice cream to go with the cake. Actually, I asked one of my BFFs to pick up some ice cream. That’s a thing, you know? Ice cream and cake. I always forget the ice cream. That’s my biggest party flaw. That and cards. I never buy cards. I make them sometimes, but I never buy them. Since I always forget the ice cream, I had to have my friend pick up some. Well, I forgot to get it out at cake time. So, we had ice cream, but we didn’t eat it!
William received so many awesome presents from his friends and family. Thank you all, by the way! He opened them so fast, I couldn’t keep track of who gave what. There’s no slowing this kid down, but I appreciate everyone’s generosity and kindness in making my blessed kiddo’s day so amazing! When the party was over, the guests received their goody bags. I was proud of the goody bags. Inside you could find sunglasses, alligator finger puppets, to-go cups with alligators on them and fancy paper straws, and candy. Super cute.
I’m pretty sure I melted during the party. I’m not sure what crazy person wears jeans in South Alabama in the middle of July at 2PM when they know they are going to be outside for hours. No, the holes in my knees didn’t cool me down. I had a great time. The kids had a great time, which matters the most. The company at the party was awesome. I can only hope as the boys get older, the parents stay just as much fun!
William Axel Richardson, AKA Wheels, AKA ittle bittle, AKA Bitty… Happy 4th Birthday handsome. You are perfect. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings for you. I love you.