Monday, August 30, 2010

The Watermelon Party--- more comprehensively...

Excuse the lousy blur job. It was an after-thought.
Fruit kabobs, strawberry marshmallows, and far too much candy... they were supposed to fill the little baggies within the take-home bag, but obviously everyone was shy.... or smart.... because I'm left with tons....
Strawberry cupcakes with pink cream cheese frosting and chocolate cupcakes (Sheena's recipe with vanilla in place of almond) with cream cheese frosting WITH almond extract instead of vanilla (I don't know... just what I felt like doing) ... AND mini chocolate chips on top. They were supposed to look like watermelon seeds. The wrappers were SO cute when I got them in the mail from cupcake social... bummer that they get all greasy and dark after being used and aren't nearly as green. Oh well. Yum.

I think the straight-out-of-the-bag strawberry marshmallows on toothpics were the easiest and BIGGEST hit.
Crustless peanut butter and jelly on WHITE bread. I could eat these all day. It's like dessert.
I had some labeling fun in photoshop ... I saw a picture online somewhere with the "birthday facts" instead of nutrition facts and the upc label... thought it was a cute detail.
More labels... this time printed on adhesive paper. Do you like how I'm writing this like it's all no big deal for me? I don't really do cute/crafty--- this is a big deal for me. I will confess-- this was my all-out. Ross was out of town for a week to Alaska... so I had some nights to think up fun projects to make me feel all super-mommy.

Made the birthday hats with Martha's tutorial here. Only skipped anything that seemed too hard (like lining them) and used something cheaper and easier for the poof at the top (a black boa that I cut up). Brooke made this DARLING happy birthday sign. I made the cheapy paper one above. :)


Kai and Beau--- Sophia's cousins, came out from Orange County.... I'm glad they did just so I could get this shot of Kai's beautiful face. Seriously Brooke-- -look at that expression.
Nana and Papa came! All the way from San Diego... they trekked out with a couple of canopies for shade, and some serious helping hands. We sure love these two.
Oh yeah.... this is what they did when they weren't eating the endless supply of sugar. We'd been wanting to get one all summer and finally bit the bullet. Now we're glad we waited since it's usually 540 or so and it's on clearance right now for $270 at Target!


We got so lucky that the humidity disappeared about a day before the party and the temperatures dropped a few degrees... only a bit over 100 probably. This is the result. It's crazy. Some shade, water, and wind.... and the kids think they're FREEZING.
We didn't ONLY eat sugar... the less photogenic food consisted of sliders-- on those Hawaian sweet rolls which I decided are my favorite slider bun (there's something about a small burger.... they have my HEART), veggies, chips and artichoke dip...
PRESENTS!

She said it was "the BEST birthday EVER." so I'm taking that as a success.
She started Kindergarten today. This little girl of mine. I think that post will have to wait for another day.

14 comments:

Brandon or Michelle said...

okay seriously? WHO ARE YOU!!!??? incredible. IN-credible.

z's birthday is next friday. I'm flying him to your house.

Michael, Tiffany, Reese, Cash, and Carter said...

Lillie...the pic of you, Ross, and S is simply incredible! The last one of sweet bday girl sophia is sooo gorgeous too!!! you are just awesome, girl.Thanks for such a beautiful and fun party.

Melissa said...

Not crafty? Really?? Wow... I need a shot of your "not craftiness"! Everything looks amazing!

Sarie said...

Loved Melissa's comment. I need one of those shots, too.

Seriously Lillie, Ser-ious-ly, even when I'm 80, girl, I will not be doin' this stuff. It's amazing and beautiful and every girl's dream!

Christin said...

You need to be a professional party planner. All I can say is WOW!

Keith and Courtney said...

I'm glad you showed us the details from the party. The invites are to die for along with the labels you made for everything. What great party ideas!

mary beth said...

WOW!!!! Lillie and Ross you did it again, what a spectacular party
idea.........I am so happy to be apart of your lives...Amazing..Amazing...
love mimi

Mary Kay said...

Straight out of a magazine. Yes, you could make a career out of this, no question! I am really impressed.

Kodi said...

This party looks amazing! I think it would have been worth the drive. . .!! Way to go super mom! :)

Erika Allred said...

Wow Lillie! Very Impressive and very Amy Atlas. Love it! You are so talented. I'll have to hire you for my kid's birthdays. I hope all is well. Miss ya!

David said...

Everything looks over-the-top amazing! I'm soooo sad we couldn't be there.
I love and miss you terribly!
Rachelle

Brenda said...

Love the watermelon party ideas. You have a beautiful family.

Rachelle said...

I know I already commented on this, but I just looked again and can't believe how unbelievably cute everything is!!! BTW...did you paint a wall in your house pink?

Melissa's Wreath Shop said...

Hello, i am getting ready to do a watermelon themed bday for my 1 year old. I love your invites and was wondering exactly how you did them. I made one up on word but didn't know if it is best to print on white and waste all that ink with the pink and green...any suggestions