So, two months ago Addie turned three. We were all sick with annoying colds leading up to her birthday, but felt good enough to have a party. (Like always, Garrett had the worst of it, but I still let him come. Sorry other moms.)
It was the most fun party I've ever done. It was a Woodlands/Fairy Garden theme. Woodlands because Addie has lots of male friends, and Fairy Garden because that's what she wanted.
For dinner I ordered Subway sandwiches and we wrapped them in cute deli paper and added fabric tape. (In case you didn't know, I'm all about the details. And if I'm going to totally shock you with my honesty, I wanted the tape to be placed the other way, but when I opened the cake box of the mini cake I ordered, the top layer had slid, so I had to run to the bakery in a rage and Paul did the sandwiches. I was very grateful for his help, and if he reads this, it's the first he's hearing about my vertical fabric tape wish.) They looked great! Everyone got to pack their own picnic basket and I prepackaged all the food. Sandwiches, pasta salad, (Ordered that too. If there's one thing I've learned in all the huge parties I've done, it's that everything takes more time in real life than it does in my head. Also, you don't save a ton by doing all the food yourself. Sometimes you even save!) fruit cups, vegi cups, chips, go-gurts, squeezy apple sauce, string cheese, and a variety of drinks.
For dessert we had, cupcakes, mixed nuts, carmel puffs, bird nests, (rice crispy treats, but crispy noodles) pixie stix, taffy, and muddy buddies. (All with clever woodsy names of course.)
The kids had so much fun playing together. We had a mushroom tent set up, and our mini roller coaster. When they were worn out from all of that, they got to each make their own mini fairy garden to take home. This part was chaotic, but it all went better than I expected, and the kids (and moms) were SO into it and loved being creative and getting messy. Each kid got a flower pot and they got to pick a bird house to go in it. I assembled boy kits (gnomes, trucks, bugs, knights, dinosaurs) and girl kids (gnomes, fairies, butterflies, flower baskets, lady bugs) and had a huge variety of plants, succulents, flowers, and extra stuff, like, garden signs, gates, rocks, gems, glitter, etc.
I was so happy the whole time, and for days after. And Addie was too! Which I guess is important as well. ;) I love nothing more than to entertain and come up with food, activities, games, treats, etc, that everyone young and old will enjoy. And this party seemed to be just that. I don't know if I'll ever top it. But I'll try...
The invites were done by my creative, talented friend, Heidi. Find her on Etsy, at Digknity
I love everything about this girl. And I'm so proud of the amazing person she's becoming.