Okay, time to start getting this blog updated. I will be spending Punkin's naptime for the rest of the week updating my blog and catching up on reading of all the lovely blogs I follow. Since I recently wrote about the anticipation of Punkin turning three, I thought I would start there.
Since last year (when we saw the movie "The Smurfs" at the theater), Punkin really, really, really wanted to have a Smurf-themed birthday party. So that's exactly what I did. And even though some of the games I had planned on doing didn't work out (can we say, improvise?), it was a huge success! We were also celebrating Easter with my family the same day so we combined the two gatherings. Lots of people, lots of food, lots of fun!
So first things first. My grandma had bought Punkin a Smurfs top a couple months before her party. It looked like this:
Since it's a pretty casual top, I knew I would need to dress it up a bit. I went to about 8 different children's clothing stores trying to find a tutu or frilly skirt to match, but had no luck. Also, the ones I did find that wouldn't match the top were about $30! Whaaaa??? So I decided to make my own. Luckily for me, I have an aunt who is quite possibly the greatest hostess I have ever met and goes all out for every party she has. She had endless amounts of tulle in every color. So I grabbed 3 different colors.
Note: I didn't need much of the tulle so even if I had to buy this stuff, it would not have costed very much. You can buy large quantities of tulle for really cheap at most fabric or party stores. Also, the one on the right is lavender, not white, in case you were wondering. Now, keep in mind that I don't know sew very often and when I do, it's by hand. So I had my work cut out for me. A couple of my younger cousins took dance classes when they were very young so I was able to find a piece of their costume (that was in a bag of clothes they were giving away) that would work very nicely as a base for my "tutu".
I gathered a few tools that I would need (some I had lying around the house, some I borrowed)...
...and I got to work. Stitching one layer of tulle at a time...
...until it was the desired "poofiness" I had wanted.
Notice how I didn't take any up-close photos of my stitching skills? That was not an accident. But does it really matter as long as you get the job done? Ha! Anyway, I was so excited that it went well with the rest of the outfit (also, pay no attention to that bottle of fabric glue...it did not work). I finally had my tutu and didn't have to pay a cent! Which is why it really does pay to go to thrift stores or borrow scraps of materials from crafty friends and family.
Since Punkin already has hair bows in many different colors, the last thing I had to do was pick up a pair of $2 tights from Target and voila!
The outfit was complete!
Next thing I had to do was begin working on everything for her party. Since I had waited 'til the last minute to get the toppers for her cake, I was unsure of how to go about it. I was going to buy the main Smurf character figurines. They were about $6 online. However, I didn't have time to wait 'til they were shipped. So I had to make my own. I found some great Smurf printables here. So I cut out the characters, laminated them, and taped them on toothpicks.
They looked great. However, since our printer was not working at the time, I had to go to FedEx Kinko's to print them and that ended up costing me almost $20 (they charge per minute for using internet plus the price for colored copies)! So, moral of the story: don't wait until the last minute for anything when it comes to planning a party! Even if you think they are small or easy details.
Next, I decided to make some miniature mushrooms as snacks. I found all kinds of different ideas for these online. The ones I ended up doing turned out like this:
I did marshmallows as the base, halved donut holes covered in red frosting as the tops with white chocolate chips pushed in. I used toothpicks to hold them together which is why I had to also do this...
Just in case! :)
I made a few signs for different areas of the party. Then it was time to decorate.
At the art table I had Smurf and Easter coloring pages, Smurf tattoos, face painting, and beads and string to make jewelry for the girls.
Other areas were decorated for Easter.
Since we were also celebrating Easter, the party was pot-luck style. We had tri-tip, ham, sandwiches, rolls, salads, pastas, and lots of snacks.We also did an egg hunt for the kids.
For some weird reason, Punkin never gets shy about anything...except when it comes time to sing "Happy Birthday"...
Maybe because there are always so many people? Oh, and here was the final look of the cake...
It came out pretty nice and I was happy with it. I won't post all the photos I have, but the rest of the night was filled with dessert, games and presents. Punkin made out pretty nicely with toys and LOTS of clothes. She loves clothes.
The next day was Easter Sunday. She ended up getting 2 baskets from the Easter bunny (long story on how that happened), and we had a very nice and relaxing day.
I can't believe my baby girl is already 3 years old! Time just goes by faster and faster these days so I want to make sure I make every moment count. Building memories that she will cherish as she grows older.