3rd Birthdays may just be the best Birthday ever! Our son, Beau, turned 3 on April 24th, and he thoroughly enjoyed each and every single moment! Ah, to be 3 again! I totally lived vicariously through him and loved each and every single moment as well! My boy totally inherited my love of Birthdays and that couldn’t make me any happier!
This year, we let him pick his party theme which was “PJ Masks”. You may or may not be familiar. It’s a cute little show on Disney Junior about three little kids who become super heroes once they put their PJ’s on. Connor becomes Catboy, Amaya becomes Owlette, and Beau’s favorite, Greg, becomes Gekko. I like to describe it as Toddler Super Heroes 🙂
I got really excited to plan this party…until I realized there wasn’t a whole lot of help I’d be getting as PJ Masks merchandise hasn’t hit the shelves yet! Trying to avert panic mode, I quickly realized both Mama and Beau would just have to use their imaginative thinking to make this party a success! We did, and it was!
First up, invites! I took to Tiny Prints knowing that they would have something great – because they always do! I got so excited when I found these invitations.
With a little imaginative thinking, the cartoon kids on the front respectively became Gekko, Catboy and Owlette 🙂 Beau was so in love with these invites that he wanted his own to keep by his bedside 🙂 How could I resist?!
To complete the look of these adorable invites, we amped up the cuteness with red envelopes, the matching star liner, matching address labels, and matching personalized postage stamp. So many friends called and texted to tell me how cute these invites were, so I know they were a huge hit and a great way to set the excitement for this little guys party!
I got the idea of a pajama party in my mind and as silly as it sounded asking friends to dress their kids in PJ’s in the middle of the day, the idea just wouldn’t go away! I found these Super Hero Starbursts at the Parent-Teacher Store and included this note with the invites…
How cute do these kiddos look in their PJ’s?! Seriously! Kids playing in their pajamas is the absolute cutest!
As I mentioned before, imaginative play would be a must for this party to be a success because there just aren’t any PJ Mask party supplies out there to help a Mama out! Knowing this, I knew there was no other option but to have this party at Gymboree Play & Music. Have you ever been to a Birthday party there?! Did you even know that you could have Birthday parties there?! They are hands down the best! The teachers do such a fantastic job implementing your party theme into your party experience through that imaginative play I keep mentioning! Ms. Danielle was our instructor at the Nashville location and I can’t praise her enough for the thoughtful activities she planned for this party! Ms. Danielle had never even heard of the PJ Masks let alone seen the show, but she did her homework and knew this show just as well as the kids did! It was so impressive to watch, and I was just blown away by her creativeness and her willingness to bring my vision to life! As you’ll see in the photos below, the kids had an absolute ball!
Using fabric to make Owlette Wings!
Super Catboy Jumps!
Super Gekko Muscles were used to roll this heavy play equipment across the room!
In addition to the hands on imaginative play encouraged at Gymboree Play & Music, party packages at the Nashville location include use of invites, plates, napkins, cutlery and table coverings. Workers helped set up and did 100% of the clean up! Each location is privately owned and vary slightly in packages and prices. Gymboree Play & Music has locations all over, you can find the one closest to you here. Aside from awesome parties, they also offer kids classes specializing in music, art and school skills that put an emphasis on family time. Definitely check out Gymboree Play & Music for a bonding experience you and your child will never forget!
I put my Super Mama crafting skills to work to bring together the rest of the party! My one “real” PJ Masks item were actual masks for the kids to wear and take home with them. I found the tutorial here.
They turned out super adorable, but I won’t lie, they were A LOT of work. Once I started them, I knew I couldn’t stop, I had to finish! If you plan to make these for your own PJ Mask party, you can do it! Just be aware they will take you some time, so treat yourself to these Fiskars Micro Tip Scissors first 🙂 I could not have cut all of those eye holes without them! I’m serious! Another helpful tip, double your felt to cut your tracing and cutting time in half. You’re welcome and you’re welcome 🙂
With my left over felt from the masks, I decided to craft up some finishing touches. I made capes for our water bottles and they turned out so cute!
I also put capes on Tootsie Pops for the kids to take home with them. Tiny Prints had these adorable stickers that matched the invites and completely made this little treat for the kiddos super 🙂
I picked up some other last minute decor at Hobby Lobby, and totally reused Beau’s Birthday banner from his 1st Birthday Party! Not too shabby for throwing it together 15 minutes before our guests came!
Beau is not a fan of cake, so we instead served Dairy Queen ice cream cake. Dairy Queen also had not heard of PJ Masks, but did their best to bring our vision to life. I think they did a pretty good job recreating the PJ Masks Headquarters 🙂
I have to give a special shout out to Pam! She is my next door neighbors sweet sister who made the kids monogrammed PJ’s for the party! I wish I could link y’all to her, but she has no interest in turning her craft into a business. Beau pretty much doesn’t want to take his PJ’s off and doesn’t want Greta to take hers off either 🙂 They turned out so cute, thank you for helping me out, Pam 🙂
I hope y’all enjoyed reading about our Super Beau’s Super 3rd Birthday Party! Time for us to go fill out our thank you cards and take them to the mailbox!
Be Blessed + Be A Blessing