a very chicka chicka boom boom celebration!

this year, i was not mom of the year when it came to celebrating little mr. re-nest #2’s birthday on time. at all. not even close. the poor child’s birthday falls on/around memorial day weekend, so my (flawed) logic said, “let’s have a summer party, when people are around!”

guess what? summer came and we were going along and i didn’t make a single party move. we talked about it. we threw around some dates. and, then i had a total mommy guilt meltdown, and i set a date + picked a place.

the good thing was that all along, we had a party theme (which is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome!) his fourth birthday was set as a “chicka chicka boom boom” party (note: his favorite book, mama’s color palette dream)

so, while this party was a late one, and while a lot of it came together at kind of the last minute, i loved every minute of putting this idea together. and, not to mention the pure, innocent excitement that our little guy had for his “chicka chicka boom boom party!” (which made me feel even more mama guilt for not having done it sooner!) the color palette is probably my fave one of all the parties i’ve done so far, and the simplicity of the coconut trees was just perfect (plus, it was the perfect time to throw a party with coconut themed decorations…end of summer + the party stores were clearing out beach and luau party supplies!)

here we go, friends…in the words of my adorable four-year-old little boy: “this was the best party ever!” (all of my helpers + sources are listed below!)


party location: iddy biddy pool school, sycamore, illinois (we love iddy biddy!)

custom party invitation: silver pumpkin designs

peanut-free custom birthday cake: nutphree’s bakery, elk grove village, illinois

custom cake topper: re-nest studio

giant “chicka chicka boom boom” book: re-nest studio

“alex is 4” custom party banner: re-nest studio

custom birthday chalkboard: kathleen kilburg photography

custom paper palm tree: mr. re-nest

“chicka chicka boom boom” food labels + placemats: sweet pea printables on etsy


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