This party is a special one for me. You see, my son is 6 and he has special needs. Specifically, he has Tuberous Sclerosis. This is his birthday party. For 4 years in a row, he has had no interests to speak of, since he has been trapped in a life of seizures. Last year, the week of his birthday, he broke his leg. He spent his birthday party weekend in the hospital.
But, this year, he has been seizure free for 20 months (KNOCK ON WOOD) and he has grown into a person who we are just now really meeting.
He has blossomed and started talking and expressing what he likes and dislikes. And this is amazing. For 5 years, I picked his birthday themes by guessing, or by doing whatever I thought was cute.
But this year, it was crystal clear what kind of birthday party he wanted. And though he didn't really tell me, since he is not that verbal yet, I knew he would love a school bus party. He is obsessed with school buses. He runs to the school bus every morning and loves to sing along to Wheels on the Bus.
So, without further ado or explanation. Here is his Wheels on the Bus 6th Birthday!
I knew that there was no one else in the world who could make my school bus party come to life but Piggy Bank Parties. I mean, really. LOOK at this invitation. Greyson carried it around for weeks. I know I saw this every time they design something for me, but this is going to be a big seller for them!
I always like to do a door hanging of some sort for my parties. This was a simple wreath form, wrapped in yellow tinsel from the Easter section. This tinsel had little pink bunnies all over it, but I put my in-laws to work removing all of them! Slave-driver! I added some scrapbook embellishments and a little piece of herringbone felt. The sign was made by Pink Fish Studios on Etsy. I loved it because I can hang it in his room after the party.
And of course, you know I had to do something for my foyer. I struggled with what I wanted to do, but I finally decided to make these street signs. I made them shine by using red/yellow gift wrapping foil on top.
I have seen a few other Wheels on the Bus parties out there, but of course, I needed to do something completely out of the box.
So, I made the entire table into a bus!
The shape worked perfectly for the tabletop to be the hood of the bus.
Corrugated cardboard is one of my favorite party materials to work with. You can get big rolls of pretty much any color. I used it for all the yellow of the bus.
The lighting was not ideal in my house that day, so some of these pictures have horrible backlight, but hey, it's a real party. It happens.
For the "windows" I used blue foil. The letters are from the teacher/school department at Hobby Lobby. They come in black and white. The lights on the top are glittered scrapbook paper.
The lights on the front of the bus are aluminum foil!
The table is empty on one side because we had hot dogs and I didn't want to put out the buns because I didn't want them to get stale! REAL. PARTY.
Everything to me.
He kept putting his hands up, but his adorable shirt is by my friend Mollie at Personally Stitched. She has made him a shirt for all of his birthdays.
Here is a picture with the hot dog buns out!
I always try to get a family picture on my boys' birthdays, but my 2 year old was being a two year old. You know how it is.
School bus cake! How cute is this?
I caught him today, with his little grubby hand in the leftovers, saying "cake!"
Mad Lily Cakery killed it as usual with this adorable cake. And the best part? Only the details are fondant. The rest is buttercream. Delish!
And what's a Wheels on the Bus party without wheels? Autumn Lynn's Chocolate Sins did these BANANA doughnuts for me. These things got OUTTA here. Everyone loved them!
These amazing glittered stands are from Cupcake with Character. You might recognize them from my Born to Rock party. I knew I could use them for both parties and they were perfect!
Look at how adorable these printables are!!
A vendor I have always wanted to work with is Marie at Sweets Indeed. She does these awesome candy skewers and I LOVE these stoplights!
I added these adorable favor tags by Piggy Bank Parties and some polka dot ribbon to finish them.
I love love love these cookies from Whimsy Cookie Co. The buses matched Greyson's birthday shirt perfectly! I had them put on sticks because, hello, stop signs are on sticks!
It's hard to tell in this picture, but these printables are so amazing that they look like that his name is written in the fogginess of the windows! Crazy creative!
All the plates, napkins, and balloons are from my friends at Birthday Express.
This color just so happens to be called "School Bus Yellow!"
Like I said before, we had a hot dog bar, so I used a couple of my vintage Coke crates
to hold these red and black plastic ramekins that I got at Target.
Yes, the banners are buses! So clever!
For the favors, these adorable wheel Yo-Yos from Birthday Express were perfect!
Instead of presents, which my children DO NOT NEED, we had guests bring donations to The Confetti Foundation. If you don't know about this foundation, please visit their website and donate! They provide birthdays in a box for hospitalized children. And it just so happens that I am a birthday fairy for them! Our awesome guests raised over $400! That's 20 boxes for kids!
I filled these AMAZING bus favor boxes with candy for the kids. It's amazing that these made it to the party. My boys would NOT stop trying to play with them. I had to hide them!
And THIS, this is what is is all about.
My mother-in-law brought this crazy firecracker candle for him. It went crazy!
Ok, picture overload! This bus has reached its stop!
Balloons, Plates, Napkins, and Utensils, and Wheels YoYos: Birthday Express
Red Glittered Dessert Stands: Cupcake with Character
Cookies: Whimsy Cookie Co.
Doughnuts: Autumn Lynn's Chocolate Sins
Cake: Mad Lily Cakery
Shirt: Personally Stitched
Printables: Piggy Bank Parties
Bus Sign on the Wreath: Pink Fish Studios
Stoplight Candy Skewers: Sweets Indeed
All Styling and Photography: GreyGrey Designs