- From being a part of my right arm where you spent hours sleeping to moving into your own bed
- From not even being able to keep your head straight to becoming this young confident girl standing on the stage to recite a poem
- From teaching you ABCs to you teaching me alif, be, te
- From slipping your little fingers into mine to be able to walk to mastering the violin strings
- From me picking up the hundreds of toys strewn all over your room to you asking me to sit down while you set the dinner table
- From me feeding you apple puree to you making me a sandwich
- From me planning your birthday parties to you announcing the theme for your next
- From pinafores and baby rompers to princess gowns and jeans
- From pink soft booties to silver ballerinas
- From soft baby hair pony tails complete with ribbon to long glossy untamed hair you wanting to always leave open
- From not leaving my hand for even a second to running away without looking back when seeing friends
- From mamma surprising you with lunch box notes to you leaving me a card for all of my special days
- From me tying your shoe laces to you asking me to change my heels for the other ones looked prettier
- From scribbling on papers to painting a canvas for our room
- From me asking you what you did at school to you coming back and inquiring how was my day
- From ten page board books to eighty pages stories
- From having tea parties with dolls to hosting your own real ones
- From being a pint size to now reaching my waist and very proudly so
- From being my little baby to being my partner in crime
- From Dora and Barney to princesses and mermaids
Like each year we kept it small. She was surrounded by the the friends she loves, in the company of her family and we hosted it at home.
Whats a mermaid party without treasure bottles with secret messages inside.
This was such a happy game to play. The children were in giggles seeing their friends become jellyfish, octopus, dolphin and more.
For this game I saved a brown paper tube the one that comes with giftwrap rolls and covered it with a white crepe streamer. On that were added several white and blue “waves” made from white and blue streamers. I twisted each of the streamers after every two inches so that the final thing looked twirly and wavey. This can take time but trust me it looked really pretty.
The mermaids got mermaid artprints to colour as prizes.
The third and final game was treasure hunt in the sand pit. Since we had the party at home, the sandpit was this container. Each mermaid/pirate had to find one fish eraser, one glitter box and a pair of blue rubber bands ( replaced with little dinosaurs for the boys).
After three games and some free play the kids were hungry. So we brought out the cake and served some kid friendly party nibbles.
Cake is one thing that I never even attempt to make for Sara’s Birthday. My cakes can be best described as “rustic” 🙂 not acceptable by little children who want pretty mermaids.
Elna from Cake Witch made this beauty. Multiple shades of blue, ruffles for waves and my little girl sitting there on the top as the little mermaid. Thank you Elna you made our day truly special.
- Star fishes (star fish shaped sandwiches with grated carrot, cucumber and cream cheese filling)
- Conch shells (shell shape pasta with red sauce made with tomatoes, carrots, celery and leeks)
- Mermaid rocks (puff pastry vol au vents with a corn pesto filling)
- Seaweed (green grape mini skewers)
- Oysters with pearls (homemade butter cookies with a light blue frosting and white buttons for pearls)
- Shark’s teeth (Mini cheese triangles)
- Seawaves (Store bought multigrain waves with homemade yoghurt dip)
- Goldfish (well..just because and the kids didn’t touch these..don’t know whether to be happy or sad :)))
- Mermaid magic potion (orange and mango juice)
- Seawater (water)
Each bucket carried a little thank you note that read “May you always have a shell in your pocket and sand in your toes”.
The last activity of the day was the pinata for which I took a paper lantern and added white and blue crepe steamers (pinched every two inches) to resemble the tentacles of the jelly fish. We filled it up lots of little goodies.
The party could not have been complete without the yearly ritual of asking the guests to write down a little something for Sara for us and her to look at and smile years later. Each year right from her first birthday this is something that I always look forward to.
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