Mar 6, 2017

Favorite Kid Parties

Today I am linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday!

This month's prompt is favorite kid parties and I am STOKED for this one!  I love, love, love planning parties.  I love every aspect of planning a party, coming up with a theme, finding decor (on the cheap!) and making the food.  I've been working full time outside of the home now for almost 5 years, and I will say that my party planning has taken a slide, I just don't have the time to Pinterest like a mad woman, but I still love to put a party together!

I think it's so fun to come up with a theme and then see what I can pull for decorations with what we already have.  My fave place to order decor is from Oriental Trading Company.  It's super cheap, and I can get a lot of stuff!  Now, I have a huge box downstairs that I keep all decor from birthdays past that I can pull from.  I love that I don't need to spend a lot of money and my girls are always so excited to see what I've come up with!

Here are some of my faves, unfortunately I don't have all their birthdays on the blog, sad.  But it was so fun to look back at the ones that I did blog about!!

I loved making their cakes every year, I'm definitely no professional cake maker, but I sure have fun!

Alayna's 4th birthday:

Alayna's 5th birthday:

Alayna's 8th birthday

Emma's 6th birthday

Emma's 7th birthday

Emma's 10th birthday

Emma's 11th birthday

Emma's 12th birthday

Rachel's 8th birthday

Rachel's 10th birthday

Rachel's 11th birthday

Rachel's 13th birthday

Rachel's 12th birthday

Besides birthdays, I love having any reason to entertain!  Back in the day, we use to do a gourmet club with 4 of our closest couples.  Once every 3 months we would each take a turn hosting and planning the menu, the host would give out the recipes to the others and we would all get together and try yummy foods that we might not normally make.  We did this for a couple years and then one couple moved away and one couple got divorced.  I will always treasure these memories we had together cooking and drinking wine...

I had a girls only gourmet club evening that was all chocolate themed.  We had:

Pepper Crusted Tenderloin Steaks with Shallots, Port and Chocolate
Chorizo-Chocolate Tapas
Butternut Squash Ravioli
Tiramisu Dessert

Even though the meal was a bit of a disappointment, it was still so much fun!  I had found a bunch of different sized cruet bottles at a garage sale and decided to make each of the girls a body scrub.  I love adding little things like that to parties.

One thing I have learned is that you don't need to spend a ton of money, or spend hours making everything.  The last thing I want is to be super stressed about how things look, the kids really could care less!  Just putting some thought into it, you can create something beautiful you're kids will always remember!


A Gal Named Al said...

Your cakes are cute, and the kids definitely cherish the memories!

Sarita @ it's my girls' world said...

Wow! You have a gift with those cakes and that gourmet club idea sounds amazing!