WHY DID I DO GO THROUGH ALL THIS TROUBLE?
THEY DON’T NEED ANYTHING THIS ELABORATE
But then I look back at all the pictures and think…how can I not do this? Plus, I think it’s a little like childbirth. Once you get over the pain, you forget, and then want to do it all over again :)
I got a ton of inspiration for this party from my Pinterest board. Please take a look at all the awesome links for some wonderful ideas…
But, first things first…you may not know this but hubs is a musician and music producer…he wrote this song for our daughter for her birthday…it is so sweet and filled with “Natalie’isms” as we call them around here. Listen while you look!
I created this in Photoshop, but I’m almost certain you could do it on Picnik. Ordered it from Costco at 7pm and picked it up the next day! It’s made of 20x30 poster board. **Does anyone want a tutorial on this? Or is it pretty self explanatory? I never know…
Big, huge polka dots made from paper doilies hung from the trees
Oilcloth Polka Dot tablecloths draped all the tables
I made Natalie’s dress using this fabric and this tutorial, minus the big bow.
I love how the big ol’ buttons made their own polka dots!
There was lots of kid talkin’…
…and big kid talkin’ :)
Polka dot cupcakes…
…and the original polka dot made an appearance
And…Polka dots on the cake!
Oy vei, the cake! I used I am Baker’s Sugar Cookie Cake recipe. It was pretty yummy, but the flavor developed best into the third day. The bottom layer ended up sinking while baking and I wasn’t ABOUT to make another one, so I did what I could to prop it up.
It was a wee bit crooked… and by wee bit, I mean quite a bit, hence the offset, not straight-on picture :) Did the photo illusion work?
Strawberry Mint Punch
1- 2 liter of Sprite
1- 64 oz. jug of Cran-Apple juice
Fresh mint leaves
Pour over ice and serve!
Backyard BBQ style food included Tri-Tip and grilled veggies, Rice Pilaf, Greek Dip, and Pitas
She proudly wore her crown…
…and opened all her gifts
There was plenty of swimming **yes, those are swim trunks…speedo style. yes, i made them. no, I doubt I will do a post about them**
And a piñata! **yes, it’s a golf club…that’s how we do things around here**
I made my dress too! It’s the first time I have ever sewn (and completed) something for myself :) From this pattern. LOVE! **yes, post coming soon** **There may be something in it for you too**
All-in-all, it was a good day and everyone had a great time….
…I still can’t believe my baby is 3!