lily’s birthday brunch cooking party

birthday brunch

i’ve been really slacking on my party planning duties as a mom.  gracie never got a 10th birthday party (she finally opted for a date day with me since i was taking forever!), and lily’s birthday was a couple weeks ago – oops!

lily loves cooking and we decided she’d have a cooking party.  but our weekend schedule is really full right now so we only had a morning available.  so what to cook?  brunch, or course! we asked our good friend and excellent chef, eden, to help teach the cooking.  they decided on making pumpkin crepes sausage and a chocolate fountain with all the fixings.

birthday brunch

i love throwing parties.  all the details, the invitations, the planning ahead of time.  but i just don’t have the bandwidth for it  right now.  so lately we just go simple.  we shop the house and make it work.

lily’s one big request was that she get to choose paper plates and napkins from target, much to my snobby chagrin.  i’d so much rather use nice white real plates and add fun details like colored napkins.  but that was pretty much all she wanted so we did it.  after all, its not my party, its hers.  sometimes thats really hard to remember, but i’m learning.  10 years into this mothering thing, i’m finally learning.

we surprised her with pretty roses from costco, pulling our colors from the plates she chose.

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i saw this pretty table runner while scouring pinterest long ago, and recreated it with butcher paper and green tape.  super easy and fun to make!

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we went through our scrapbook paper and the kids cut it into strips and folded it in half for me to sew into bunting.

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we already had these adorable vintage glasses and striped paper straws, and lily wrote the guest’s names on metal-rimmed tabs and tied them to the straws.

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the star of the party?  the chocolate fountain.  these girls were covered in chocolate throughout the party!

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i grabbed all the colorful dishes and trays from my cabinets to fill with the dipping goodies.

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lily wanted to wear my apron from whatever craft weekend, with its ruffly skirt.

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all the little girls put on aprons as soon as they arrived, which was a good thing since they dripped chocolate all over themselves!

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lily was in her happy place, cooking with her 5 close friends.

thats another thing i’ve learned:  smaller parties can be more fun.  we love having huge, all-family parties, but the kids love the intimacy of just a handful of friends.

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eden brought the coolest crepe pan!

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it looks like an upside-down pan that you dip into the batter, flip over and cook.

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the heat from underneath cooked them perfectly – so cool!

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while each of the girls had a turn at making crepes, lily asked gracie if she’d teach an art lesson to her guests – so sweet!  we covered the island with butcher paper for the girls to draw directly on.

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i love how comfortable she is teaching art.

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here’s what she was teaching the girls to draw.

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all the girls loved the lessons, both cooking and art.

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birthday brunch

we lucked out that cousin amber was visiting this weekend as well!

after the cooking and eating was done, the girls just played.  for 2 hours!  i actually was able to clean up and get a little work done!

they went outside to catch butterflies for awhile, then all got into dress up clothes and played “prairie girls” outside in the fort for a couple hours.

i’ve learned to plan very little activities for parties.  one big one and then the kids really just want to play.  easier for me, more fun for them!

 

Comments

  1. 1

    Wow! Looks like such fun! So Whimsical! I want a party!

  2. 2

    OMG so Chic and fun!!! Looks like she had a great time!
    xo, Lee
    Everyday Fashion

  3. 3

    My girls love to play “prairie girls” too!!!! So adorable!! The decorations were amazing, so simple, but so sophisticated!

  4. 4

    What a great idea. What great pictures. Ms. SpoolTeacher will be sending this link to all her much younger mommie friends for inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

  5. 5

    What a great party so whimsical and fun.. Love the plates she chose as I am a lover of those colors and polka dots. I thought I would throw out a suggestion for next time. With your sewing skills wouldn’t it be fun to make a simple apron for each girl to take home as a party favor? Just a thought.
    Blessings, Gweny

  6. 6

    This seems like the perfect party for a growing girl. Heck, I’d love to do this as a brunch for the women at my church. Love the idea of combining cooking and art, maybe even letting each lady teach us something that they’re good at…

    Anyway… {Sorry… I was brainstorming out loud}, thanks for sharing this lovely party with us. Your girls are precious.

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  8. 8

    What fun! My girls would love such a party – great ideas

  9. 9

    SO sweet! That looks like so much fun! What a great way to spend time together — cooking a delicious meal and drawing gorgeous flowers! <3

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