Courtesy Trista Sutter for use on CBB
Reality stars Ryan and Trista Sutter spent last weekend celebrating the second birthday of son Maxwell Alston at their home near Vail, Colorado. Having gone “all out” for Max’s first birthday, the couple took a decidedly different approach this year — eschewing a theme and instead allowing their furniture to do the entertaining!
Trista sat down with Celebrity Baby Blog to dish on everything from the menu to the decorations, explaining why she went low-key with Max’s fête and how party-goers (and mom and dad!) overcame bad weather to have a good time.
The 36-year-old former Bachelorette also opened up about new daughter Blakesley Grace, 3 ½ months, and why she is certain baby girl will be her last.
Click below to read about how the birthday boy suffered a black eye on his big day!
CBB: How did Max’s birthday party turn out?
Trista Sutter: It was so fun, we had a great time.
Since the party was at your home in Colorado, were family members able to attend? Where does your family live?
My mom’s in Denver, and my mother-in-law and father-in-law are in Fort Collins, which is about 2 ½ hours away. Those three came. My dad and my stepmom live in St. Louis, and we’re actually meeting them in Florida in September, so they didn’t make the trip to come out. And Ryan’s brother lives in Germany, so he didn’t make the trip. But we had three grandparents here, at least.
Was there a special theme this year?
No, we went all out with the Candyland theme last year, so we just decided this might be the year to take it easy because Max probably won’t remember! I love parties, but I just figured no theme necessary. He’s just interested in having fun with his friends.
If you would call it a theme, I did balloons! I just got tons and tons of balloons. We were planning on having a party outside, but of course it rained, which it did last year too. So, I just put the balloons all around the house and got a cake from our local grocery store, City Market, that looked like three presents stacked up on top of each other. So it was party-themed!
Mom and Max get ready to blow out the candle! – Courtesy Trista Sutter for use on CBB
Did you have any activities for the kids?
If we were outside, I was just going to put out all the water toys and we were going to fill up the baby pool, so I told everyone to bring their suits. We were going to play with the sprinklers and put out all the tricycles and the bikes, as well as the dump truck we got Max. Well, of course it rained, so that changed the plans because I didn’t want all the water stuff inside!
So we were all sitting around, a few people had gotten here, and there was really nothing going on. So, I said, ‘We have to do something!’
A few weeks ago Ryan had the brilliant idea of taking the cushions off the couch because Max is constantly jumping on the couch. He took the cushions off the couch and put them around the couch so that if he fell off while he was jumping it would be padded. So we took all the cushions off the couch and literally the kids jumped the whole time — it was like literally our own jump house. The kids had so much fun jumping! Max was literally jumping for hours.
How many kids were at the party?
We had five kids around his age, and one baby.
Max opens presents with help from his friend Murphy – Courtesy Trista Sutter for use on CBB
What food did you serve?
We were going to do shish-kabobs, but I’m glad we didn’t because of the rain. My mother-in-law recently went to a friend’s house and they had the crescent rolls you can get at the store stuffed with meat or cheese. So we put some poppy seed dressing on top of the filling, then rolled them up and baked them. They are awesome. They just pop in your mouth.
I was having trouble coming up with lunches for school for Max because you can’t have nuts, or other certain foods. So my mother-in-law gave me that idea a long time ago, and our family is addicted to them now. We figured it would be an easy finger food. We also had fruit salad, ice cream and of course, the cake.
What was your favorite part of the party? Ryan’s?
Jumping, for sure! You know, the cake is always fun. Unfortunately, Ryan ended up blowing the candles out for Max, but whatever. He is 2…he was trying! The kids loved the cake. But, the fact that they were having so much fun on the couch was the best. Although Max ended up getting a black eye — he and one of his good friends bumped heads! They are kids. You know, accidents happen.
I wrote an email to all the parents after the party saying, ‘Thanks for making it so special and I’m sorry that I broke out the couch. I’m sure if I went to a party and if the parent was like, ‘Oh yeah, let’s all jump on the couch,’ I’d be like, ‘No!’
What did Max and Blakesley wear for the party?
Max wore an Em Tanner Designs tee that says, “Party…Fun. Cake…Yummy. Kisses for the Birthday Boy…Priceless.” And Blakesley wore a party dress.
There are so many things out there that I love, including Mabel’s Labels and Em Tanner Designs. Mabel’s Labels, honestly, I love them. I have used so many of those for school. They came in pretty handy when I got them in one of the celebrity baby gift bags from Jewels and Pinstripes. And to the parents at the party — who received party loot bags including Mabel’s Labels — I was explaining to them that they’d love these. One mom had those stickers that she had found in a sticker book with her daughter’s name, but I was telling her that Mabel’s Labels are washable, and that those stickers aren’t washable. Mabel’s Labels won’t come off. I just think they’re so cute, too.
So how are the kids? What milestones are they hitting lately?
Max is an excellent jumper, as I noted about his birthday party. And he is speaking really clearly. Everything we say, he is repeating. He is getting to the point where verbally he is expressing himself a lot more. He has been talking for a long time. Every doctor’s appointment, the doctor is always impressed with his cognitive skills.
Blakesley is really getting stronger. She loves to feel the pressure on her feet and stand. Her head control is excellent, too. She is almost 4 months, and just about ready to roll!
Blakesley cuddles with Mom – Courtesy Trista Sutter for use on CBB
What’s new with you and Ryan?
The E! network came to me and asked if I wanted to write a blog [about Jillian Harris‘ recently-wrapped Bachelorette season]. And I love writing, I just don’t really get the opportunity to that often. So, I thought why not flex my brain — and get some of my brain cells back! – and do something in the adult world instead of always being a mom. That’s really fun.
It’s from the perspective of sitting around with my girlfriends. I try not to hold back. I try to be fair but at the same time not hold back. I have gotten a great response from people. I have a Twitter page, so I Twitter about it. I’ve gotten a lot of people writing me on Twitter to say they really enjoy it. There are always the naysayers that say my 15 minutes are up and they are sick of hearing about me. But, I think it’s kind of funny because those people somehow found my blog page and decided to write about it.
Within the last year, Ryan got promoted! He is taking on more responsibility with the firehouse. He is also really involved in triathlons. He’s going to be running the New York City Marathon for Ethan Zohn from Survivor. Ethan has an organization called Grassroots Soccer, and is having people run for charity.
On Monday I’m having the Essure procedure done, which is a permanent birth control. It’s done in your doctor’s office so you don’t have to go under general anesthesia. They put two coils into your fallopian tubes and there’s no cutting, no burning. Scar tissue will grow around the coils. And then, you’re hopefully good to go. You get tested about three months later to check in on your progress, and then it’s all done.
(Pick up next week’s issue of In Touch Weekly for all the post-procedure details.)
Max checks out Dig Dig Digging, one of his new favorites reads – Courtesy Trista Sutter for use on CBB
So, you have decided for sure that you are not going to have more kids?
We’ve said that they are both great kids, and they are healthy and they’re happy.
For one, I don’t want to push my luck.
Two, I was an only child, so I would have been 100-percent content with just Max. Blakesley is just icing on the cake.
Three, as a woman who had to take birth control pills prior for reasons other than just not wanting to get pregnant, I don’t want to take the pill anymore. I don’t want to have that responsibility hanging over my head.
We are set. I have so much more respect for people who have more than one child now.
I really want to be able to give my full attention to Max and Blakesley. I find it hard to even disperse my attention between them — not to say you can’t give enough love to three children.
But, for us, our family is complete and I’m good.
How was the adjustment to becoming a family of four?
In the beginning it was definitely hard, I will not lie. But, one of my friends had this to say (she has three kids): Once you get the confidence to do things, then it becomes much easier. And it’s true, once you get out and you do something, and you’re like, ‘Okay good, I can go to the grocery store. I can do this,’ then it helps. I can take Max to school by myself with a baby, also. Once you do it, it doesn’t seem as daunting. I really truly feel like that it is just a matter of time management and planning. As long as you are thinking ahead, then you will be ahead of the game.
Do you have help?
No, I don’t. I mean, occasionally; my mom is still here. The only help I really get is the two days that Max goes to school, which gives me time to focus on the baby and get some stuff done around here. We are really blessed. We have two really calm, happy kids.
What do you do enjoy doing when you get free mommy time?
I do have my friends over every Monday to watch The Bachelorette. That’s a good mommy getaway. I’m going to really start working out hard soon and taking Abdominal Cuts to help me get back to my pre-babies weight. And that will be a good little escape from mommy time. We have these massages that we bought, like a package of massages. We never do that. Massages and manicures and pedicures; I would love to do that if I had the time. Those are always low priorities, but I would love to get them more often if I had the time!