Saturday, July 9, 2011

we do FUN here! {a summer playdate}

Ever since school let out I'd been promising the little pumpkin that she could invite some of her best friends from school for a little playdate.

Well, June came and went and between our vacations and birthday parties time just got away from us. I couldn't let the same happen to July, so yesterday she finally got her wish!The inspiration for the decor came from these fun napkins I picked up at Target. I just love the colors - they scream sUMmeR to me...and wouldn't they be so cute for a rainbow inspired party?I had high hopes of setting the table up and cleaning the play area the night before but Hudson had other plans. He was NOT interested in sleep one bit. So after crashing right along with him, I woke up Friday morning with a LONG to-do list and not much time.Yes, even the hanging decorations from Hudson's birthday were still up - Aaaah! Luckily, Noonie brought over lunch for the littles and that gave me the extra time I needed to finish things up - thanks Noonie! In my usual fashion, I ran around the house pulling things from here and there and came up with a simple, sunshine-y tablescape.Yes, I could have skipped the table altogether...afterall it was just a playdate...but, well, that's just not me. So why not embrace what makes me smile...serving up a little dose of happy for sweet friends and enjoying their company. The little pumpkin's request: marshmallow pops. Simple enough and always a {kid} crowd pleaser. I even re-used the stands from Grace's Pink PreK Party - love it when it works out that way! Homemade french vanilla cupcakes topped with sprinkle fruit loops inspired by {these}.And the makeshift plaid runner? {This} sweet vintage pillowcase find which has yet to be turned into a pillowcase dress...I may just keep it as is :)I wanted the food to echo the "fun" theme. Mini turkey & cheese sandwiches and mini pbj's were kicked up a notch when I turned them into a caterpillar! The littles thought that was hilarious. Inspiration found {here}. Fresh fruit became a rainbow...complete with marshmallow clouds and a pot of gold. Inspiration via {here}. We had a make your own trail mix station......and some healthier snacks too ;) McKinley and her sweet mama surprised us with a cute cake & cupcakes combo...the best part: the toppers were rings! The girls LOVED that! Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum! So excited waiting for her friends to come over...They had so much fun! They played dress-up, drew pictures, hugged Jaxon (our dog) at least 10,000 times, and even had a mini piano concert by Lovi!Time for some treats! McKinley, Grace & Lovi...best of friends! These girly girls can be S-I-L-L-Y! Pretending to be bugs...with antennas, of course. Lovi and McKinley surprised Grace with these sweet treats. Thank you Lovi for the fun Fancy Nancy book! And thank you McKinley for the pretty ring!Grace insisted on wearing it to bed :)And in the end three pretty princesses had the best time and lived happily ever after. {cute art by Lovi}Thank you Lovi & McKinley (and your sweet mamas Shelly & Talicia) for coming over! We had the best time and we can't wait to do it again!
XOXO,
Grace & Jessica

14 comments:

Queen of Good Intentions said...

I totally do not know how you do it all!! What a fun playdate!!! I so wish I could pull something like that off. It looks like great fun! You are super talented! THANKS for sharing!!

Lindsey said...

I love that fresh fruit rainbow!! adorable!

Christina said...

What FUN indeed!
Love it all!!

Rachel said...

Cute! Cute! Cute! How did you make the stand for the marshmallow pops?

Amber said...

What a sweet party!!! I just don't know how you do it all :) I love all the fun details. I can't wait for Reese to start having fun play dates :)

kelli said...

What a fun playdate!! I love the colors. You have so many beautiful things that you use for your parties and I am wondering where you store everything? I have a box that I put stuff in but I want to find another way to store my "party" supplies in.

Louley's Belles said...

Sure do wish I had that rainbow fruit idea about 4 weeks ago. Very cute playdate, don't know how you do it.

Jessica said...

Awe...thank you for your sweet comments!!

Rachel~here's the info. on the marshamallow pops stand!

http://littlepumpkingrace.blogspot.com/2011/07/buddies-trifle-recipe-marshmallow-pops.html

Kelli~ I store everything in big plastic bins in our garage. My stepdad was kind enough to build me a wooden shelving system that can store 20 of the big 18gallon storage containers (or is it 20 gallon??? anyway the BIG ones). It's a floor unit with 3 shelves that stores 5 big containers per shelf. I try and color code the containers according to the stuff inside (red & green for Christmas, orange for Halloween, etc.) but if not I just take a big 'ole Sharpie to them! That storage unit has been a LIFESAVER!

Angel said...

Cutest summer play date party ! It's giving me some inspiration to put something together for my little Gabby. She's been asking for friends to come over since school let out. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us :-)

John said...

michael kors outlet
adidas gazelle
michael kors outlet
ralph lauren outlet
christian louboutin uk
longchamp uk
michael kors canada
cartier love ring
louboutin pas cher
jordan pas cher
nike trainers
instyler max
coach outlet store online clearance
michael kors canada
vans store
puma outlet
cheap uggs
new balance shoes
asics gel kayano
coach outlet store
michael kors bags
sac longchamp
coach factory outlet
air jordan shoes
mizuno running shoes
toms shoes
fitflops
burberry outlet canada
longchamp outlet
michael kors outlet
michael kors handbags
ralph lauren
michael kors outlet canada
ray ban outlet
true religion outlet
fitflops shoes
christian louboutin outlet
chenzhen20160409

Libin Huang said...

20160415tiangepandora jewelry
cheap nhl jerseys
kobe bryants shoes
louis vuitton outlet stores
hermes outlet
christian louboutin shoes
michael kors outlet
fitflop clearance
swarovski outlet
longchamp handbags
timberland boots
swarovski jewelry
pandora outlet
ray ban sunglasses
christian louboutin uk
herve leger dresses
mulberry uk
christian louboutin outlet
mbt shoes
nike air max
rolex watches
ralph lauren shirts
polo ralph lauren
longchamp outlet
swarovski outlet
cheap jordans
louis vuitton handbags outlet
oakley sunglasses
michael kors handbags
michael kors outlet
nike huarache
toms outlet
michael kors outlet online
mulberry handbags
air max 90

chenlina said...

chenlina20160425
michael kors handbags
nike trainers
polo ralph lauren
louis vuitton outlet stores
air huarache
michael kors purses
nike roshe runs
nike air max
gucci outlet
michael kors outlet
ralph lauren uk
michael kors uk
oakley sunglasses
coach outlet
polo ralph lauren
celine handbags
kobe 10
michael kors outlet store
coach factory outlet
timberland outlet
michael kors handbags
coach factory outlet
ralph lauren
kobe 9
mont blanc pens
fitflops sale clearance
polo ralph lauren
cheap oakley sunglasses
michael kors outlet online
replica watches
cheap nfl jerseys
toms shoes
kate spade handbags
michael kors canada
coach outlet
kevin durant shoes 7
adidas superstar
marc jacobs handbags
jeremy scott shoes
nike air huarache
as

Zhenhong Bao said...

mulberry outlet
hermes bags
michael kors uk outlet
cartier outlet
burberry outlet store
versace sunglasses on sale
michael kors outlet
fitflop sale
burberry sunglasses on sale
soccer jerseys
coach outlet online
tory burch outlet
tiffany outlet
nhl jerseys
rolex watches
tiffany and co
omega outlet
michael kors outlet
oakley sunglasses
true religion outlet
air max 90
michael kors outlet
michael kors outlet online
ray-ban sunglasses
coach outlet online
michael kors outlet
longchamp outlet
ray-ban sunglasses
hollister shirts
tiffany outlet
beats by dre
thomas sabo uk
ray-ban sunglasses
michael kors outlet clearance
toms outlet
20160427zhenhong

dong dong23 said...

lebron 13
adidas yeezy 350 boost
ray ban eyeglasses
cheap snapbacks
columbia shoes
coach factory outlet
oakley sunglasses
true religion uk
coach factory outlet
cheap jordan shoes
20173.9wengdongdong