Week 46, Happy Birthday Aiden

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I’m not sure how it happened, but Aiden turned 11 last weekend. Eleven. It sounds like such a big number to me right now. Every year I feel like his birthday sneaks up on me, as if he should just stay young forever. Alas, he is not. We had his party this year on his actual birth date, something we’ve never done before. I also kept the food simple, and thanks to Walmart Grocery (new home delivery service), I was able to have everything I needed food wise delivered ahead of time so I could focus on all of the more detailed stuff I wanted to do for the party.

We went with a science theme because Aiden has always been into anything related to science, inventions, and robots. I feel like he’s getting a little older and entering that awkward tween phase so I wanted to make sure it was cool enough for kids his age. We served sandwiches, chips, dip, and veggies for lunch, then had some delicious mini cupcakes for dessert. Through Walmart Grocery I was able to order most of my favorite organic food without the hassle of visiting a grocery store with Søren. I’ve never used a grocery service before and am not a huge fan of Walmart to begin with so I was a little hesitant when I agreed to try out the service. I was quite honestly surprised at how easy the online ordering tool was, and the very prompt delivery on my delivery date (they arrived at the start of a 4 hour window). There were a couple of items not in stock, which I wish I had known before placing my order, but they do offer the option of allowing substitutions which is nice.

The party took awhile to get going as traffic can be hit or miss on a weekend, but I think that everyone had a great time with lunch, watching the 3d printer, and enjoying each other’s company. I tried to keep it low key and relaxed. Aiden spent most of the time playing with his friends, and Søren was attempting to steal the show. Don’t worry Søren, the next birthday party will be yours!

If you want to know more about the service, check out www.delivery.walmart.com and enter your zip code to see if it’s available in your area yet. They have generously offered $10 off your first order (Use code TMWIKING, $30 minimum, expires 12/15/2014). I think outside of party planning I’d be happy to use their service again provided they expand on their organic selection, and perhaps add some more local selection.

Walmart Grocery provided me with food and other items via a giftcard to try out their delivery service and share my honest review.

32 thoughts on “Week 46, Happy Birthday Aiden

  1. Jessica… it looks like you used your creative skills once again to plan a successful party!! Amazing how these kids grow up so fast!!!

  2. This is such a fun party! I love how well thought out everything was! Right down to the thank you! So cute. I hope he loved it!

  3. This is just perfect! I have a child the same age and it’s hard to be creative, but still be “cool” in their eyes. The period table idea is fabulous! Beautiful blog.

  4. wow I am so impressed! My daughter turns right this weekend and I don’t have this same talent for decor and set up. I would think 11 would be a hard age to plan for but this is incredible! I’ll have to check out the delivery service- we live in the middle of nowhere so I’m doubtful but it would be amazing!

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