Everyone survived the birthday party and the birthday girl had lots of fun! Of course, I didn't take as many pictures as I had planned, but I think I got enough for you to get the basic idea. Our dining room and living room are so hard to photograph. There's just not enough light in either and to make matters worse - it was cloudy on Sunday afternoon. My biggest tip for having a fun party is to do as much ahead of time as possible. I try to have most of the decorating done a few days before the party and as much of the food prepared as I can. Since you are all so sweet - I can tell you that I had a moment last week where I thought I had gone completely overboard, but when my daughter saw the dining room all decorated, she did a happy dance and told me how beautiful everything was. That makes it all totally worth it! Besides - I enjoy doing it or I wouldn't bother. :)
Our party was at 3:30 in the afternoon, so I tried to keep the food pretty simple. We had fruit, veggies and cheese & crackers. Since the party was between lunch and dinner, I just wanted a few non-sugary things for people to eat. (If any of you are looking for a good dip recipe, THIS one is soo soo good.) To decorate the table I used a regular white tablecloth and made some runners out of some fabric by just ironing in "hems." The fabric was $20, but I needed 3 yards of each for my dining room table. I know that I will use the fabric at some point for another party or craft project, so I didn't worry about spending a little more than I planned on the fabric.
|My very "down-sized" sweets buffet: Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Cupcakes & Marshmallow Lollipops|
The marshmallow lollipops were a HUGE hit and were so so simple to make! You can find instructions HERE. (I used melted chocolate instead of candy melts, but I'm sure either would work just as well. It's just that chocolate is a whole lot tastier!)
I baked the cupcakes two days before the party and made the ears the day before. You could even frost them the day before and then all you have to do the day of is decorate with the ears and bows.
- To make the "ears" I traced 1 1/2" circles onto a piece of parchment paper and then turned it over. (I don't think pencil lead and chocolate are a great combo.)
- Melt one bag of dark chocolate chips in a zip-loc bag in the microwave.
- Snip a small hole in one of the bottom corners of the zip-loc bag and start piping your circles.
- DO NOT STRESS OUT if they are not all perfect. As long as they are mostly round - they will look great!
- I used Pull-and-Peel Twizzlers for the bows. (Quick note: I tried to make the bows the day ahead and stored them in a zip-loc bag overnight...it didn't work. The bows either got stuck together or broke apart, so you need to make them the day of the party.)
- If you don't want to pipe chocolate circles, any small round chocolate cookie would probably work just as well.
|I kept the mantel pretty simple...balloons, banner and some red polka dot ribbon tied around my candles.|
Thank you so much for all of the sweet comments and emails about the first two party posts! I hope that I've given you some good ideas!