Monday, June 21

Under the Sea and Turning Three

It was a beautiful day... warm, sunny, perfect for our outdoor water party.  I can't believe that my little girl is three.  But what better way to celebrate than playing with friends while the adults relax and look-on.  Here are a few shots from the day.

Given that the kids were running back and forth between the playset, the kiddie pool, and the sprinkler activities, there was easy to grab food for the kids... small sandwiches, cones with goldfish, carrots with hummus, and fresh fruit.  And to appeal to adult palettes... grilled shrimp kabobs, grilled chicken kabobs, and a mediterranean orzo pasta.  Drinks included homemade lemonade, freshly-brewed sweet tea, and blue buckets filled with ice and capri sun pouches.  Keeping the kids hydrated was a priority.

The backdrop for the buffet table was a collection of water photos of my baby girl.  I can't believe how much she has grown since her first beach trip.

And for anyone who wanted a lower key activity... coloring. Only note, watch out for leaving crayons in direct sun. We have some wax to get off that table now.

We kept the sweets inside the house and used them as an excuse to get out of the sun for a little while.  The dessert table included lemon cupcakes with sparkly blue frosting, lemon-creme-filled cookies, "clam" cookies, rice krispy balls, and blue and white candies.

Favor buckets were lined up along the edges of the table.  The favors were customized for the girls, the boys, and the babies.

It was a great day.  Happy Birthday, my princess.

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Theresa said...

What a fun party. Everything looks great. I love the labels on the favors and utensils.

julie said...

I know you like your job & all, but seriously! You would be an AWESOME party planner. Your projects constantly inspire me. Thank you for putting them up here. :-)

Stef said...

Darling! Everything coordinates so well - you thought out every last detail. I think my favorite may be the clam cookies, but I kind of want a party prize bucket all to myself, too. :) Great job!

Katie said...

DARLING DARLING DARLING! You did an awesome job :) Such a cute party, your daughter is lucky to have such a creative mommy!

Cotton Kiwi said...

Oh CJ you've outdone yourself yet again! What beautiful decor and gorgeous looking food/treats. I adore those clam biscuits with the little pearls peeking out. How adorable! I hope you weren't too exhausted at the end of the day!
Sarah x

Meeks said...

What a gorgeous party! I love the colour scheme! I'm sure you had a memorable day. Really inspiring, thanks for sharing!

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

Love the colors!

Anonymous said...

beautiful party wow!!

coming to say hi from NFF.

XO Sarah

kaley said...

i'm stopping by from the girl creative - and i LOVE all your crafty ideas. i definitely became a follower :)

kaley @ a tale of three poags

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

New follower checking in from NFF. Sounds like a great party. Come to my site for some recipe ideas!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner

Brianna! said...

This is absolutely PRECIOUS!!

very very nice blog.
I'm super glad I came across it.


Not Just A Mommy! said...

Awesome job mama! Love those clam cookies and the printables...working on a Fiesta Inspiration post, may I share?

Shelley@DivinePartyConcepts said...

What an absolutely adorable party! It all looks great!

Jessica @ Take Two Designs said...

I was having such a hard time figuring out what I wanted to do for my son's 3rd birthday, and then I saw all of the WONDERFUL ideas you had! Thank you thank you thank you!!! My son loves fish and this is the perfect party for him! I downloaded all of the things for it and i am SO excited! All of it is SO stinkin' cute!!! Thanks so much once again!!! God bless!

Chrismoseley said...

Where do you find the pretty blue ball decorations?

CJ {Pink Tea} said...

Chrismoseley - The balls are just tissue paper pom poms. There are lots of tutorials out there, but most are based on Martha Stewart's. For these, I used 8 sheets of tissue paper on the small ones and 16 sheets for the large one.

I'm glad you like them.

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