Making My Monday
There is really only one thing Making My Monday this week — the huge success of Little D’s weekend birthday bash.
So wanted to break from my usual format and share some of the delicious details with you all.
It took some convincing, but we managed to avoid a character-themed party and happily decided on “vintage milk and cookies,” which Little D loved.
We found this delightful printable design from Anders Ruff and got to work:
They came with these darling flags that we easily taped to striped paper straws:
We stocked up on Starbucks Frappuccino and used the empty bottles as vintage milk bottles. Each one got a custom sticker, flagged paper straw and a ribbon.
Tying the ribbons was, surprisingly, the hardest part.
A long table sat 30 littles. Bottles of chocolate syrup and mini marshmallows were placed all along it so the kids could “make their own” chocolate milk.
Yep, it got messy. But what’s a fifth birthday without a little mess?
We had a cookie decorating table inside as well, but I didn’t get a picture…more mess.
Adult drinks got the same paper straw treatment:
Inside we also had a custom “cookie bar,” which was a huge hit. We had five assorted flavors of homemade cookies, with personalized “loot bags” that the kids could fill with the mini cookies of their choice. Funny enough, no one seemed to miss the bag of cheap dollar store toys and candy they would usually get.
The rest of the party focused on good old-fashioned fun: face painting, a “game master” who had the limbo, a giant parachute and a slew of balloon tricks on deck, and a kid-focused playlist blasting from an iPod.
And, of course, we let them eat cake.
And what a cake it was. A fabulous local baker, who is also a mama of two, whipped up this amazing three-tiered cookies and milk-themed cake that proudly sat on display:
A chorus of “Happy Birthday” was followed by a revolution-like chanting of “we want cake!” by 30+ five-year-olds.
And that, of course, led to…wine.