When it came time to choose a theme for the party, Merry decided on a Princess and the Pea theme since Lily is really interested in fairy tales right now. She says that Lily is always looking at the princess book list that the library provides.
Merry also says:
"I feel like the days that little girls are interested in the princesses are becoming shorter. There's so many other toys that are competing for their attention like the monster high girls and Barbie. So I wanted to mark this time in her life by celebrating with a princess party. While she's still thinking magically and still thinks the princesses are real."
The night before the party, while Princess Lily slept, Merry put a very large pea under the bed! Merry tells me that the next morning, Lily was so excited about the party that she didn't notice the pea until after breakfast and presents!
Here's a photo of Princess Lily holding the large Pea throw pillow purchased from Land of Nod. Merry hid the pea again and asked the kids to find it as part of the scavenger hunt activity.
Merry set up a dress up station for the girls to try on different dresses and crowns!
There were Princess and the Pea coloring pages and a wand making station. Both, with lots of markers!
(The cardboard wands can be found online at Oriental Trading.)
Merry filled a jar with green pearlescent gumballs* and asked the kids to guess how many "peas" were in the jar! There was also a tattoo station, an obstacle course and lots and lots of toys to keep the kids occupied!
Instead of birthday cake or cupcakes, the kids had Pea inspired cake pops. She took a short cut after watching this video and used donut holes for the cake pops. She melted a bag of white chocolate discs with about 1/4 bag of green discs for dipping the cake pops, then drew little pea faces using cake decorating gel.
Note from Merry:
"If I had to do it again I would probably try to use green food coloring instead of the colored discs. I thought that green was a little dull. We kept calling it Squidward green."Note from Alison:
"I can't help but think these would be cute for a baby shower!" Pea on a Stick...get it?!
Merry also started to make a few gumball pea necklaces for the girls, but in the end, these didn't make the final cut. She used edible markers to draw the faces, then strung them on satin cords.
Now, I want to tell you about my favorite detail of the party! Something every little princess needs! A fairy garden! Complete with a frog prince! I can't wait to make Grace a fairy garden next spring!
Happy Birthday, Lily! I hope you had a wonderful day, sweetheart! Thanks so much for including us in your special day! Merry, thanks for allowing me to share your wonderful party ideas here!
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