I’m sure it wouldn’t surprise you to know that I had GRAND plans for Vivi’s 3rd birthday. Like plans that involved bands and food trucks and tons of people. Then life happened and a reality check happened and I had a really good talkin’ to by my almost 3-year-old.
A talkin’ to that included “bounce house” and “my fwiends” and “fuhletti cupcakes with pink frawstin'” (that’s “funfetti” and “frosting” in a south Texas 3-year-old drawl).
So a bounce house and her favorite friends it was. I let Vivi take the reins and she picked out a pink heart piñata (“But not to hit, ok? Because hitting is NOT ok, mom.”), napkins and plates (totally ones I would have picked!), favors, and the food and drinks.
I recycled the table cloths from her last party and kept the food simple, per the birthday girl’s instructions/hints from Jojo. Fruit skewers (grape, strawberry, apple, mandarin orange) and pigs in a blanket. Dad threw some sausage on the grill and we had the popcorn machine going.
Our big splurge was a carnival size cotton candy machine. We barely made a dent in the supplies it came with – but man oh man was it a yummy treat!
An engineer print of a recent picture made a perfect backdrop – I think the print was bigger than she is! – and made her feel like the literal center of attention.
I recycled her first birthday banner and we iced down the barrel juice and kept the swirly straws nearby. For the adults, some grown up lavender-lemonade.
A few bags of balloons strung across the porch ceiling made for a festive garland in V’s favorite color.
The bounce house – a castle, no less – was the star of the show. I don’t know why we don’t all just acquiesce and get bounce houses for every occasion. The kiddos jumped for 90 minutes of the 2 hour-ish party and were wiped out by the end! (You’re welcome, moms…)
Vivi asked for “just a pink cake and just pink cupcakes” – and so that’s what she got! I was planning on coloring a white cake batter pink but during the supply shopping trip I was reminded that the order for funfetti cake had been placed. Silly me… After all the stress free planning up to this point, why not?
I’m pretty sure she was the most thrilled I’ve ever seen her.
I’m sure I’ll be at it again next year – with layered themes and coordinating elements. I’m sure I’ll start planning it in three months to be sure I have time to commission custom invitations. I’m sure when it comes down to it, I’ll just follow her lead…
(And a humongous thanks to Candice for snagging the camera and getting shots of everything – I was too busy partaking in the grown up lemonade and eating cotton candy to remember to shoot anything!)