I have found a new hook up for ordering invitations. I have listed all of my sources below. How cute did this turn out?
The colors, in person, are a little more vibrant. The pink is pinker, the green is less lime and more green, the blue is more of a teal.
How cute is Caroline in her custom made shirt? She's posing, by the way, in front of a banner her Aunt Laura made her which reads "Happy 3rd Birthday."
The boys and girls all played in the yard for a bit (because even though it was Dec. 2nd, the high was 70 degrees!) while the grown ups munched on some yummy food. I took no pictures of what I served, so stock photos will have to do. I have also linked you all the the recipes. You're welcome. Everything turned out exactly as promised, so it's safe to say these are fail-proof. 'Cause the Good Lord knows I can mess up a good recipe from time to time.
|Source, via Pinterest|
Back to the party. I am sure we have all pinned the tail on way to many poor bob-tailed animals in out day and beaten helpless pinatas to an unidentifiable pulp. So when coming up with party activities, I just deferred to the obvious: all the little children have nary a thought that doesn't involve Mr. Bearded sleigh-driver. Thanks to the magic of--you guessed it--Pinterest, I produced a fun little craft.
I remembered seeing this but, gasp!, not pinning this last year. Basically you use Santa's beard as an Advent Calendar / Christmas countdown. The Organised Housewife provided the image download here, and the poem at the bottom was found here, courtesy of Alison. I combined the image download and retyped the poem in MS Word using 11 x 17 paper and uploaded it to Staples Copy Center so they could print it for me in color on card stock. This is what the final product looked like:
There was cake for the grown ups and cupcakes that the kids could decorate themselves with an array of sprinkles and sugar crystals.
|I love that "look of concentration" both my kids get. See Rob's above for comparison.|
|I think our friend Maddox approved of his cupcake. Don't you?|
PS: Notice that football was on in the background. Priorities!
Birthday Shirt: a personal friend, Jenny
Birthday Banner: created on a cricut from Aunt Laura
Cake and Cupcakes: Publix
Food and Crafts: documented via hyperlinks