Tiny Prints - they were perfect. I loved the pink and green color scheme and the little girl holding the cupcake. I think they set the stage for a fun and festive party.
With parental supervision, each child personalized their own pizza.
It was so fun to see what each child wanted on their pizza!
For the food for the adults and parents, I kept things simple. We ordered a big platter of various wraps from the deli - turkey with provolone, roast beef with cheddar, and veggie wraps with Pepperjack. I then cooked up a few simple sides to accompany them.
Spinach Dip with Feta and Roasted Red Peppers
Pizza Bites with Marinara Sauce.
We also served a simple fruit salad and some chips. The pizza bites were definitely the hit of the party, with the spinach dip coming in a close second.
Instead of traditional flower centerpieces, I opted to go the edible route for the food table as well. Chocolate-dipped marshmallows and Oreo pops in a glass full of jelly beans. These were obviously also well-received. :-)
One of the details I was (dorkily) really excited about was the colander. I used it to hold the napkins and forks, and I thought it looked so cute with the rest of the kitchen-themed decor.
And finally, the center of every birthday party - the cake! I built a cupcake tower, and topped it with a 6-inch "smash cake" to give her a chance to blow out candles. Half the cupcakes were chocolate with vanilla buttercream, and the other half were yellow cake with chocolate frosting. They were all egg-free since Caroline is allergic, but to be honest I wasn't that thrilled with the taste. I normally find a vegan recipe to try, but this time I just used egg-replacer, and I felt like the cupcakes were all a bit dry. Luckily the kids didn't seem to mind though.
The ruffle cake was a big hit, and it was so easy it's almost funny. I literally spent less than 5 minutes decorating it, and it turned out so cute!
Caroline was really really excited for everyone to sing happy birthday, and she was even MORE excited for cake!
She especially loved blowing out the candles.
Since most of the kids in attendance were ages 2-4, I opted to keep the cupcake decorating simple and easy. I piped the frosting ahead of time, and had several different varieties of sprinkles for them to choose from to add to their cupcakes.
Lots of cupcake-eating going on!
And finally, even though it's not really related to the theme and it's art that only a mother could love, I wanted to display some of Caroline's art projects for the party. I used a piece of ribbon and clothes pins to hang up some of my favorite pieces of her artwork from throughout the school year.
And since clearly you haven't seen enough pictures of Caroline, here are a few more that melt my heart. :-)
Overall, the party went very smoothly and everyone seemed to have a good time. I am still a little bummed that the paint wasn't dry enough for the kids to wear their aprons, but in the grand scheme of things it's not a big deal. The most important thing is that Caroline had the time of her life - almost 2 weeks later, she is still asking if it's time for another birthday party :-)