The Theme: Winter sparkle snowflake party, with glitter, pale pink and blue accents
The Location: The entire first floor of my house
This post is going to be HUGE, so if you have no interest at all in Caroline’s party please come back in a few days when it’s been bumped off the front page. I don’t want to put in a page break and have people think I’m trying to trick them into more page views. I get my page views the honest way – exploiting my children and friends!
Tree branch sprayed with snow-in-a-can
Ruffled crepe paper trees from this tutorial found on Pinterest
Snowflakes cut from printer paper (Google “snowflake templates” for ideas)
My clothes pin photo display re-purposed as Caroline’s year in photos display!
Epsom salt in mason jars to look like snow
Glitter play dough party favors (more details in this post), yarn wreath, mirror frosted with snow-in-a-can
Yarn wreath, $1 picture frame ornament from Target
Chandelier decorated with dollar store garland & ornaments
The orange high chair didn’t match my theme, but a paper table cloth and a little tulle fixed it!
Fake snow everywhere!
Hot cocoa and cocktail bar – the Keurig made it SO EASY!
I bought every single Christmas mug at Goodwill
Mini marshmallows, egg nog, powdered sugar, crushed candy canes, vanilla syrup, pink sprinkles, whipped cream, coconut flakes. Also on the bar: dark and milk hot cocoa, cider, Bailey’s, vanilla vodka, coconut rum, peppermint schnapps, mini candy canes.
Cucumber sandwiches, candy cane blossoms, red peppers & dip
Smoked salmon, dill & cream cheese on herb bread
Cupcakes (from a box!), my favorite frosting, edible sugar paper snowflakes bought at Stop & Shop
Sparkling cranberry brie bites. You know how sometimes you seen an idea on Pinterest and think “yeah, there’s no way that idea is going to be as awesome in real life”? This one was JUST AS AWESOME.
Thumbprint cookies, gooey vanilla sparkle cookies, fruit & dip, sugar cookies, ginger cookies, mini pastas on sticks with vodka, marinara, and alfredo sauce.
Cream cheese mints, lemon meringues
The pasta on sticks was a great idea… for grown ups. Next time I’ll get less pointy things.
Milk bottle snow men. Not quiet as cute as on the interwebs, but still cute.
Lemon cake (more boxed mix!) tinted 3 shades of pink
Tiny cake baked in a tomato can, covered in sprinkles & topped with “Caroline” written in chocolate
Don’t even THINK about taking her cake away
Glitter play dough & cookie cutters on a kid-sized table
All the planned activities in the world can’t stop the kids from getting every toy out of the toy box
DIY pull string pinata (more here) was a hit, even though it didn’t work exactly as planned. I had to shake most of the candy out after the ribbon holding it up broke, but the kids didn’t care one little bit.
DIY snowglobes were cuter in theory than in reality. They were kind of leaky and some of the trees dyed the water purple and the glue was messy, but everyone went home with one!
Sharing strawberries with a friend
Refusing to wear her hair bow
These two are TROUBLE
Playing with Grandma
Somebody got a pony for her birthday! (She’s kind of scared of it though)
Family photos with two kids – there is ALWAYS someone not looking.
Holy crap, that was ridiculously long. I think I got all the links and recipes in there but if you’re looking for something let me know. My Pinterest board for the party (with most of the ideas I did use and some really good ones I didn’t get around to) can be found here. I’m sorry most of the photos are terrible – it gets dark REALLY early here so I had to use the flash after the first 30 minutes of the party. It was definitely a great time and I know Caroline enjoyed herself. I hear everyone’s kids slept really well on Saturday night so I think they ran off all the sugar I pumped into them before they went home. Thank you to everyone who came and especially to my mother-in-law Carol who flew all the way from Ohio just to help me make the food and watch Little Evan for a few hours!
And Happy Birthday Caroline!