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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Simon’s Mickey Mouse Third Birthday Party

As I’m sure you know by now, Simon had his third birthday party, including his first haircut, on Sunday.

“The third birthday is a significant stage in the life of a Jewish boy. It is then that he officially begins his Torah education, and starts to wear a kippah and tzitzit.

On a developmental level, three years old is a key transition time. Until now, the boy was a baby – blanket, bottle, diapers. Now he is ready to move into the world of friends, school, etc. Cutting his hair at this time makes a strong emotional impression on the child. He knows that he is advancing to a new stage of maturity, and this helps him live up to the new role.” –

My good friend made us this cake shaped like tzitzit. I made the cake board by wrapping cardboard with contact paper!

One of the banners I made.

My friends and my sister-in-law setting up the dessert table.

I made these bags to look like tzitzit as well.

Dessert table with Simon letters.

Cupcakes arranged like Mickey Mouse – some were missing icing but they got in the end!

My crew trying to hang up streamers.

Birthday cake.

Another view of the Simon letters – I got the idea from here.

Gabbie and my nephew made chalk signs directing the way.

We got these Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck banks at the antique mall. We used them to have people give coins to charity when they cut a piece of Simon’s hair. They also distracted Simon and gave him something to play with.

I made this letter S for everyone to sign for Simon. The decorations are going to be in his room.

Friends and family cutting hair and putting in coins.

Video of Grandpa cutting Simon’s hair.

Scenes as it gets shorter.

Simon tried on his new tzitzis. As you can see, he was a little unsure. He pushed it away and took it off right away.

Cake and happy guests.

There was a bit of a mishap when blowing out the candles on the cake. See if you can spot it in this video:

Other than eating, the kids also played on the playground.

After the party, Simon had the rest of his haircut at home. First we had to pretend to give Thomas a haircut. Simon was not happy with the buzzer or with getting his hair on himself!


This is how Simon looks now!

Now Simon keeps saying “the baby is gone.” But he’s not convinced of that enough to start wearing underwear!

Mommy-Brain Mixer


Munchkins and the Military said...

He is such a cutie!! The party looks wonderful! You did a great job with all of the DIY items!

Janine Huldie said...

So glad everything turned out so perfect and really loved the cake and the banks. My kids are huge fans of Mickey and the gang, too. And I can't believe how grown up Simon looks now with his new haircut! Happy Birthday again to him!! :)

KC Coake said...

Oh my goodness! He looks so different, so much bigger. What a neat tradition. Thanks for sharing it!

Lanaya | Raising Reagan said...

That's a birthday! I ran out of time this year so we are doing Rey's third birthday at her gymnastics place.

(¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

Tamar SB said...

Mazal tov again!! Such a fun party! The deserts look so good and the tzitzit goodie bag - so cute!! I have a former classmate who runs an amazing tie-dye company in Israel - she makes amazing tzitzit and I always thing of her when I see decorated ones!

Kera @ Nugget On A Budget said...

I totally have to go back through your Simon posts this week and read them all. I loved all of the photos from his birthday party, especially the hair cutting ones and the video. Again, I think it's so cool that this is a tradition that you do. It's so fun! Simon looks so grown up with his big boy haircut :)

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

Awww, he looks like such a big boy!!

The party looks like it went great except for the candle mishap.

You looked fabulous by the way! Looking good mama!

Holly Higgins said...

He looks so much like Zachary now I think. E had a Mickey party this year for his 2nd birthday...your decorations are much cooler! :-)

Lindsay said...

Love the Mickey letters you made for Simon's cute! Everything looks great, and so does his new haircut! What a big boy! <3

Sara said...

The party came out great. Love all the Mickey details. The traditions around the third birthday are great and it was so neat to see all the pics of Simon getting his haircut.

Tamara Camera said...

Wow, what a meaningful and beautiful party and ceremony. I love that the hair was cut communally. Of course you know this - he's so gorgeous.

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Oh how cute, looks like he had a great time. My 3 year old won't wear undies either meh no pressure...yet!

Annie One Can Cook! said...

"The baby is gone!"--how sweet!! Happy birthday (a little late), Simon!! Great job with the Disney party :D

Monica said...

What an awesome party and you are so crafty!! Congrats on the haircut too - I know from friends what a big deal that is.

Shoshanah said...

I love the little jelly bean bag! And I think it's a little amazing how much older Simon looks with shorter hair.