Happy Birthday Bea! My baby turned 4 this week and to celebrate, we threw a fish-themed party in our backyard. I always love throwing parties at home... it takes me back to my childhood days of homemade cakes, pinatas and pin-the-tail on the donkey.
Bea's birthday falls at one of the craziest times of the year – right after school starts. In anticipation of the back-to-school rush, I tried to do as much party planning as I could the beginning of August, before we left on vacation. That way, I could come home and not feel totally overwhelmed. Invitations were addressed and sent out about 3 weeks in advance. Favors were ordered and all the party supplies were purchased. I enjoy things so much more when I spread out the "to do" list.
The cake was one of my favorite parts of the party. I made a chocolate cake in a jelly roll pan and put it in the freezer about 2 weeks before the party. The morning of the party, I made my favorite cream cheese frosting (2 blocks softened cream cheese, 2 sticks softened butter, 2 t. vanilla, a large bag of powdered sugar). I followed the cake directions here for assembling and decorating the cake. Bea was thrilled with the results!
Miniature water bottles were the perfect size for pint-sized guests.
Small izzes complemented my color scheme perfectly as did the brightly colored straws.
I wasn't sure if all of Bea's 4-year old friends were water safe so we rented a water slide as a swimming alternative. Needless to say, the slide was the hit of the party. No other games were necessary and we could barely get everyone off the slide, even after the party ended!
Guests nibbled on pizza, wedges of watermelon and cut up veggies. The oilcloth tablecloth is from IKEA.
The new party line from Target carries these darling colored bags. I also love their birthday banner.
The birthday girl loved her party and when it was over, Bea quickly changed into her new outfit and accessories. I am dying over these shoes!!!