So in case you were wondering, this is what happens when you plan out your newly-minted-three-year-old's birthday party in your head, but fail to do any actual work for the party until the day before. And bear in the mind that this was supposed to be a Hello Kitty party. Go easy on me, it's slightly pathetic.
Here is her lovely birthday crown, made three minutes before her party started, out of plain white paper, a printed out picture of Hello Kitty, staples and markers:
We had a coloring page for all the kids to do as a first activity. I don't
have a picture of it, but all I did was google "Hello Kitty clipart", copy and
paste the clipart onto a Word document, enlarge the clipart to cover most of the
page, and use the "outline" tab to turn it into a coloring book page look-alike.
Then I used the "wordart" tab to write "Happy Birthday T" on the top of the page
and hit print. Never mind that the printer has issues so it took longer to print
than to make, but that's okay.
Next we made Hello Kitty necklaces. Except that they're not so much Hello Kitty necklaces as they are Froot Loop necklaces. But you know what? I told the kids we were making Hello Kitty necklaces and no one batted an eyelash. You gotta love three year olds. And this was my thinking - she's Hello Kitty. She's a cat. Cats like to eat, so what better for a cat than Froot Loop necklaces. Good? Good.
Okay, I'm not really telling the whole truth. The truth is, is that I had
briefly considered going to AC Moore and buying big pink and purple beads for
the kids to make necklaces, but this past week has been so hot, with the
temperature hitting way over 100 degrees that I just couldn't. It was so hot
that leaving Shoprite was like walking in the desert - you know how in the
desert the sand dunes look kind of wavy when it's so hot, yeah, so the parking
lot looked like that too. So I came home instead, and was very happy to find a
bag of some generic Froot Loops in the pantry. Whew!
And here are the cupcakes I made, instead of a birthday cake. I know what you're thinking, but really, I didn't make cupcakes only because they bake faster than a cake and shutting the oven has been priority #1 all week, I promise. Birthday Girl actually requested them. And her brithday with is my command, except for the whole Hello Kitty theme thing. The theme was kind of half-baked, if you will.
(I had such a hard time getting a half-decent picture of the frosted cupcakes. This was the best of a very sad bunch of pictures. They were so bad that I finally had to take the cupcakes outside and line them up on a chair that I put on the front steps. The next picture is a truly bad cupcake picture, but a kind of weird picture with cool colors.)
And the cupcakes - I took the easy way out with those also. Bake a box of Duncan Hines, add some Duncan Hines frosting and some sprinkles*, and you're golden.
And you know what, despite the lack of planning, she had so much fun that
she passed out on the couch an hour later. And her little friends looked like
they had fun too - so in my book, it's mission accomplished. But I do have to
say that it's a good thing she was only turning three. Anything older and I
don't think I could have gotten away with this. My boys are having birthdays
this summer too and I haven't given those any thought either. I think I'm
*If you have been following along, you will know that my little girl is
terrified of sprinkles. Except that we can now change that "is" to a "was". She
was scared. Now she loves them. In all colors. Except on ice cream. Oy, my baby
is growing up.
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)