Flowers, flowers, and more flowers brought in the start of Autumn’s third year of life. We celebrated Autumn’s birthday with plenty of laughs, fun, family, and friends. It was a very simple but perfect occasion for Autumn.
From her strawberry cake breakfast to her favorite Caspar Babypants songs, we aimed to make it her day. She did very well and as soon as everyone left around mid afternoon, she dozed off for 2.5 hours. After naps, we went outside and planted some flowers in the rain. It is such a joy to see your daughter jump into each little activity and enjoy it how in the planning stages you imagined it all. Today marked the first day of another great year for Autumn.
Here are the many ways we themed Autumn’s party with flowers:
- Flower Invitations: Laura created flower invitations. Each pedal was rotated open to make a flower.
- Gifts of flowers: We encouraged our family and friends to give gifts of flowers. Autumn enjoys being outside in the garden planting with Mom. Our friends Jill and Rob did this for their daughter’s party and we thought it was a great idea.
- Paper mache Flowers: 20+ paper mache flowers of all different colors decorated our house. My mom and Laura spent a bit of time to create these beautiful flowers. They were great to give to guests as they left. Also, they now add a colorful touch to the kid’s room.
- Painting Flower Pots: A flower party with planting flowers wouldn’t make sense. Each child received a small flower pot to paint. Once the quick dry paint was dry, flowers were potted for each child to take home.
- Pin the bumblebee or ladybug on the flower: Based on the game pin the tail on the donkey, we made a large flower for children to stick bumblebees and ladybugs on. The kid’s loved it.
- Musical Flowers: Similar to music chairs, but instead we printed off a bunch of flower pictures and laid them on the ground to create a circle. The kids would run, dance, jump around the circle as the music played. When it stopped, the kids quickly got on a flower. We never removed the flowers (like you may do in musical chairs). The children just loved the anticipation of the music stopping.
- Dirt Cake: My wife hit the spot with this cake. This melts in your mouth. It’s awesome. Crumbled Oreo and sweet filling presented in a flower pot with gummy worms. Perfect! The recipe is found here.
- Strawberry Flower Cake: Breakfast cake is what this was all about. Autumn was so excited for cake that she insisted on eating this cake for her birthday breakfast. Sure, why not! It was strawberry jello/cake with whip cream and fresh strawberries on top. The recipe is here.
Here are other photos from Autumn’s great day.