|Miss Lily. 3 years old|
Miss Lily Belle Turns 3!
Lily Marie turned 3 and wanted a party fit for a Princess-Princess Ariel to be exact!!
The first fun thing I found was an idea of "Oyster" cookies. I used Nilla Wafters, a yogurt raisin for the "pearl" and frosting to hold it all together. Easy to make but messy! My tip-hold up the bottom wafer, squirt the frosting and then place the pearl and the top piece on and then place them in the dish for safe keeping. If you try and squirt the frosting (I used a Ziploc back with one corner cut off as a piping bag) while it sits in the tray, you have less control and it will tip over and make a big old mess.
Next up was to make cupcakes! I used a recipe from my favorite Children's Cookbook-
I used the "Easy Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe page 86 for the cupcakes. They aren't technically "cupcakes" but they are SO yummy that noone cares!
Top off with some frosting and a Swedish Fish and Viola! Mermaid food!
Another fun treat that I made was Sand Dollar Cookies! Here is where I got the recipe:
For Lily's cake I decided to make something similar to the cupcakes but on an individual and slightly bigger scale. This recipe is also from the Children Baking Cookbook. I used the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake, Page 46.
My husband did the frosting! He is better at it than I am!
Next to turn my attention to decorations!!
If found a HUGE Ariel wall mural from Amazon for $6.00!! (Though I noticed the price has gone up!) You can buy it from The Oriental Trading Company for $5.00 but you have to pay shipping and handling.
Next I bought two colors of blue streamer and a table cover. I tasked my husband with setting up the decorations. I think he did a pretty awesome job!
These items plus the red tissue paper medallions (on clearance from Wal Mart for $0.19 each!) and the entire decoration budget was less than $13!
Me and my big 3 year old!
One activity we had was to make necklaces with salt dough stars. The girls first painted them "Ariel colors" and then let them dry. Later we came back to string them and add their names.
|Picking letters for our names!|
While their starfish dried-each girl put on their very own Mermaid tail. My WONDERFUL friend, Debra Johnson made these for the girls! How fun! They crossed under the arms and then criss cross over and tied behind their head.
The girls had a ball doing a "Mermaid Parade" Around and around they went in their swishy tails!
Amid some amazing new toys, Lily got this handmade gift from my dear friend, Debra. At night, Lily tries to figure out how to hug all 5 pillows at once. Ultimately, I think it will help her to learn how to spell her name more efficiently!
Each girl got an amazing Ariel balloon animal AND a balloon Princess Wand!