A few weeks ago Mabel turned three! I failed to note it on the blog until now because our house has been plagued by illness.
As it turned out, we were lucky to be able to have her birthday party because she had been sick the week prior and got sick again the night after her party. Wouldn’t you know, she’s sick again now. Pretty much every other week since mid-December she’s been sick, with Nemo following the same pattern a few days behind. The joys of having a pre-schooler. I’m basically paying for her to go to preschool one day a week to pick up a new germ, bring it home, and then be out the rest of the week.
Anyway, the party was a lot of fun and that means it was a huge success.
This year we kept it small, with just a few (about 6 plus some younger siblings) local friends from the library, her pre-school class, etc. I didn’t want to do anything too involved, and since Mabel loves helping me in the kitchen, we decided upon a ‘decorate your own cupcake’ party.
While it may look like it was a lot of work, it wasn’t.
We held it on a Saturday afternoon, 1-3pm so we didn’t have to serve a meal (just snacks and cupcakes). I baked the cupcakes (with Mabel’s help) the morning of the party- using boxed cake mix. The toppings included icing from a jar (mixed with food coloring) in disposable piping bags, sprinkles, and mini-M&Ms. I put all the toppings in these snack cups without the lids. I had other, nicer bowls, but with tile floors I didn’t want anything breakable, and the handles made it much easier for the little kids. Also, I had some extra batter, so I made a couple pans of mini-cupcakes, which turned out to be a good idea because some kids wanted to decorate over and over again, and the bite-sized cupcakes were better than multiple regular cupcakes!
For party decor, I recycled the banner and pom I made for Mabel’s first birthday again this year, and got napkins, plates, and a disposable tablecloth at Walmart.
For (very functional) party favors, I ordered these aprons and these disposable and adjustable chef’s hats from Amazon. Mabel was the only kid that refused to wear a hat, but otherwise the hats and aprons were a hit and kept everyone clean. The disposable tablecloth made cleaning up really easy- just cleared the table and gathered up all the mess in the tablecloth and put it in the trash. I was actually really surprised how little mess was made.
This was so easy, and the kids had so much fun doing it, that I’m wondering if I can just do this every year.