We celebrated a half-birthday on Friday. My two-year-old baby is now two and a half. Craazy. And so we made a small party. We made birthday crowns, we made bracelets and we decorated birthday cupcakes. We, however, did not do the one thing that I had planned. And if you have been following along you will know what I am talking about. And if you haven't been following along, hurry up! I'll wait while you catch up.
So yes, we forgot to write in the half-birthday book. I put it away so no one would touch it and then, of course, forgot all about it. Sigh.
I guess we can write in it tomorrow. No one will remember that we were off by a few days.
But here's what we did remember to do:
We made these crowns based on a tutorial that I saw here. Each kid chose their colored paper - and I think that might have been the hardest part, because these crowns are so super-easy to make. Staple two pieces of paper together to make one extra long piece of colored paper. Cut slits along the top of the length of the paper, every inch or so. The slits should go halfway down the paper. It will look like the paper has a bunch of fringes along one long side. Roll each fringe up (or down, depending on how you are holding the paper.) Don't worry, you can't mess this up because there is only one direction in which the the paper can be rolled. Measure the crown around each little head and close it up, either with staples (away from fingers) or tape (not so away from fingers). And surprisingly, these crowns are not as flimsy as they look because the kids have been wearing them for two days straight and they are still all in one piece.
We also made a mini crown for the baby, so she wouldn't feel left out.
Then we made these Fruit Loop bracelets:
Very simple. Very effective time-waster. And you can eat them when you're done. A win-win for everyone. We did have an issue that is common to jewelry made from circular foods. The knot that gets tied at the beginning of the string is never quite big enough - cereal always seems to fall off the end. So this time, in a stroke of genius, if I may say so myself, I tied the knot around a fruit loop, that way the fruit loop acted as the knot. Clever. I know.
And finally, we made these.
The recipe for the cupcakes is the same one we used for the delicious chocolate pudding cupcakes last week. But this time, we frosted them. Some had sprinkles, some didn't. Some people in this house loooove sprinkles and some are just plain scared of them - the half-birthday girl being one of them. We're hoping she grows out of it.
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)