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Birthday No. 9 | The Invitations

On Friday Simon will be 9 years old.

On Monday night I created some invitations for him to give to a couple of his friends at school.

I printed the No.9 design on white cardstock, adhered the front piece with the number and the inside piece with the party details back to back with adhesive (could have done back to back printing if I'd left myself more time and patience) and he hand-wrote a message inside each one that said, "would you like to come to my birthday party?"

After he wrote messages on the inside he put each child's name on the outside of the envelope, licked it, and sealed it shut with his hands.

We bundled them up and he took them to school with him yesterday.

He reported back that all were delivered except one. He's not sure where that one ended up.

Yesterday I ordered 35 chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and multi-colored sprinkles to take to his class on Friday (per specific request). We've done this for the last couple of years and he really loves having a bunch of his family come see him at school. Last year both the Grandmas were able to come. This year both the Grandmas and the Grandpas will be there.

Here's how happy he was to see Grandma in his class last year:

On Friday night the Grandparents will all be here for a dinner and cake gathering.

On Saturday we hope some of his friends (about five kids total) will be able to come over for pizza, more cake, and merriment.

I'm thinking about trying the cool number cake that Martha showed in the Number Themed Party article (January 2011) for the Saturday party. I'll let you know how it goes.

As we get ready for the annual festivities I feel like this is a good time to say THANK YOU. Thank you for all the support you've shown Simon (and our family) over the years. Thank you for the encouraging words, the suggestions, the heartfelt emails and comments, and for simply rooting for him. Your support is felt and greatly appreciated. He is one super special kid.

Go Simon Go!

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161 thoughts

  1. Liz says…
    01/19/2011

    Happy Birthday Simon!

    It's been fun to watch him grow through this medium. Thank YOU for sharing.

    Enjoy all the festivities!

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  2. Sarah says…
    01/19/2011

    YAY! Hard to believe he's NINE already!!! LOVE the invites... SUPER CUTE... although, so is Simon! Sounds like a WONDERFUL birthday celebration you've got planned!

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  3. Alison Exelby says…
    01/19/2011

    Happy Birthday to Simon for Friday...get invitation you have made and what a great photo of him giving his grandma a cuddle...a face of delight thats for sure

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  4. MichelleGB says…
    01/19/2011

    Happy Birthday Simon! Thank you for sharing this little dude with us...it's been cool to watch him grow.

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  5. Naomi says…
    01/19/2011

    Happy birthday sweet boy from Australia! Enjoy your pizza! Have a great day!

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  6. PeggyK says…
    01/19/2011

    What a joy it's been to watch him grow. Hard to believe he's 9!!
    Thanks for sharing him with us, Ali. At least a part of him!

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  7. A. Sanborn says…
    01/19/2011

    Happy -9th- Cake N' Candle Day, Simon!

    Thank-you for sharing a bit of the lil' Edwards with us and some of the creative inspiration chosen for personal occasions!

    {-AS-}

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  8. Daphne says…
    01/19/2011

    I always think of Simon as I celebrate my birthday on Friday! Happy Birthday, little buddy!!! :)

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  9. kelly says…
    01/19/2011

    oh i love big crisp graphics like this. one of my favorite things to do. your energy and the way you get it done is inspiring.

    and happy birthday jack. do you have dr. seuss happy birthday to you????? one of the best books evah. enjoy those sprinkled cupcakes.

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  10. julietet says…
    01/19/2011

    thank you to share all this with us. Life is a Gift. happy birthday simon from FRANCE

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  11. Judy Webb says…
    01/19/2011

    What a wonderful 9 birthday for Simon. He has great parents.

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  12. Song says…
    01/19/2011

    Happy 9th Birthday Simon - hope you have a wonderful day.
    Love from England! x

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  13. Yolanda S says…
    01/19/2011

    Happy Birthday, Simon! Hope you have a fantastic party!

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  14. CarrieO says…
    01/19/2011

    Happy 9th Birthday, Simon - Sounds like you are going to have a great celebration.

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  15. Kathy says…
    01/19/2011

    Happy Birthday Simon - Have a great DAY!

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  16. dawn says…
    01/19/2011

    Thank you Ali for sharing him with us, we love to hear your stories of him growing up to be such a great kid with a big heart. Love the invites and the party plans you have. You should be very proud of the young man he's becoming and your a great mom to him. Have fun and Happy 9th birthday Simon!!

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  17. arlene says…
    01/19/2011

    He's my favorite! :D Happy Birthday!

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  18. stephanie Ackerman says…
    01/19/2011

    Seriously cannot believe he is nine!!! I LOVE (like all of us, I am sure) that we are watching him grow up together! I clearly remember you & I sitting in a kitchen in a lovely little home, drinking INSTANT coffee talking about him and how excited you were for him to start kindergarten..Now look at him!!!
    Pat your self on the back momma! You need to be proud of all of the hard work, love and attention you have given him in nine years...with only 80 more years to go!
    Happy 9th Birthday buddy...and happy BIRTH day to you too Ali!

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  19. Dixie says…
    01/19/2011

    Happy 9th birthday to Simon! I love his expression, you can really see the joy on his face for his grandmother's presence. She should love that picture.

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  20. Jennifer M says…
    01/19/2011

    Happy birthday Simon!

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  21. Dorothy F says…
    01/19/2011

    Happy Birthday Simon. Have a fun filled day or days!

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  22. Ma Laarni says…
    01/19/2011

    Happy Birthday Simon...I am so proud of you! Have a wonderful birthday party on Friday.

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  23. katie says…
    01/19/2011

    This is odd, since I've never met the little guy, but I'm tearing up after reading that post!! I can't believe he's nine!! And writing his own invites! What a guy!

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  24. heidig says…
    01/19/2011

    Happy Birthday Simon! I can't believe you're already 9! Wow!

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  25. Linda E says…
    01/19/2011

    Happy Birthday, Simon! Hope you all enjoy the celebration!

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