The decorations were a mix of dollar bin finds at Michaels, fabric from JoAnn’s, wall decals from Sears & a hundred different little chachkies from Oriental Trading Company. For entertainment we had a few things going on…this Ariel slip n slide, a baby pool with this Folding Slide we already had in it, our wonderful sand & water table, the best bubble machine ever, this baby sprinkler pool as our “guppy pool” for the babies & the star of all water play…the inflatable little tykes water slide. We bought this at the beginning of the summer (with $100 off coupon at toys r us) knowing we’d use it not only for Sam’s party but also all summer long. It should last a few years & I justified the cost by rationing that we probably would’ve spent around the same amount of money on kid’s entertainment at some kid’s gym, romp, bounce house place. (I also ordered this splitter that let’s you hook 2 hoses up to one spigot so all the activities can run simultaneously)
For drinks I served blue gatorade to the kid’s & labeled it “Sea Water” & served ‘Ocean Ritas’ to the adults. (We used this margarita machine & substituted part of the tequila with blue curacao) The food was done by our local Chick-fil-a, I ordered the trays online & let me tell you, those little nuggets of happiness were a HUGE hit! And super affordable too. I would absolutely order trays from Chick-fil-a again. And then there were the cupcakes….sighhhh. It was almost a shame to eat them, they were so pretty. I went into Lilly Magilly’s & ordered them with just the description that they were for a little girl’s mermaid party. Perhaps she could do some fondant starfish or something…well, never did I ever expect her to make those GORGEOUS fondant cupcake toppers! They were seriously amazing, so much so that when people asked me if I made them (PuHAHAHAHAHAAHhahahHAahHAHhaha…whew, that was a good one) I couldn’t even pretend to lie. If you live in DC/MD area drop by the shop & try one. AH-MAZING.
I can’t believe my little munchkin is 3. UGhhh. Just kills me. On one hand, I’m absolutely loving the age. Yesterday I took her to Panera for lunch, just the two of us, & it was the first time I was ever able to just sit & talk with her. Like a real conversation. It was crazy. But on the other hand my memories of her as an infant are starting to get hazy, it all went by so fast. This new “girl” is wonderful but sadly for her to be in my life means my little “baby” is gone. Man, life’s a b#@ch sometimes ain’t it?