I’m so excited to be guest blogging for Lori over at Life as Lori today. Go check it out – I’ll be showing how to make some super cute mermaid cupcake toppers. And, I will highlight a few other ideas from my daughter’s fourth birthday party in the next few days!
To the moms out there – Do the words “Boys Night Out” make you freak out a little? It makes for just about the longest day ever, right? That early evening, pre-dinner hour hits and you know that your backup is not going to walk through the door no matter how long you hide in the pantry pulling out your hair. When we were kids and dad was gone overnight for work, mom made blueberry pancakes for dinner. It was awesome. So, at about 11 am today (aka Boys Night out), while packing three kids into the car to head home from gymnastics (don’t forget the mandatory stop at Old McDonald’s), I decided we would be having pancakes for dinner. At about noon, with the dread of the long afternoon and evening mounting in my head, I made another decision. I needed to turn “boys’ night” into “girls’ night.” And so the afternoon began. We called up Grammy and Auntie and invited them for a girls only, dress-up dinner. Of course, they accepted the invitation. Littlest girls to bed and Livi and I went to work with the preparations.
The table was set, the food was prepped, everyone woke up from naps, and we all picked out our fancy dresses and high heels. Blush, mascara, eye shimmer, and lipgloss to go around. Some quality time in mommy’s jewelry box. While we waited for our guests and the dinner cooked, the girls climbed up to the table and pretended to eat from the fancy dishes. Until they found the sugar bowl . . .
The party was great, much better than the sugar crash that followed, and WAY better than struggling to make it to bedtime without a daddy around.
One final decision – I’m gonna make this a monthly thing, he says “boys night out”, I say “girls night in!!” Stay tuned . . .
Wow. I know. I disappeared. The Christmas projects kind of took over the last eight weeks, and then Gracie’s birthday party, too, kept the holiday chaos going strong. Until now. I do love the crazy, but it’s nice to breathe again.
I love January. Once the Christmas boxes are tucked safely away and the to-do lists are either completed or tossed away, I can pull out a clean notebook and start new lists, reprioritize goals for the new year.
I loved switching gears from Christmas to Gracie’s second birthday party. I kept it simple – a nacho bar for the adults, pb&j for the kiddos, and of course, CAKE! I did Gracie’s cake the same as Livi’s 2nd birthday cake, different colors, though. And since I didn’t make invitations this time, I got my paper and ribbon fix by constructing the cutest party hat. She even wore it! Since her party was the Saturday after her actual birthday, we had cupcakes for our little family celebration. To make it extra fun, I added some quick cupcake toppers – this took about 3 minutes total, for 8 or so toppers. Punch out eight scalloped circles from heavyweight cardstock to make the bases; hot glue to 8 lollipop sticks. Next, cut eight strips of ribbon or 2-inch wide tulle. Tie each strip into a knot and hot glue to the center of each scalloped circle. Easy-peasy!