Pinterest just might be an overachiever's worst enemy. I had oh-so-grand ideas for this toddler play date birthday party. With it just being a simple little play date in my head, I put off my to-do list and ran out of time to get everything done. There are still tissue paper "clouds" in my closet that I plan to hang one weekday soon for them to at least get some use.
The original plan in my head even included outside decorations. Thank goodness I have a busy toddler to keep me in reality! What I did manage was the food area, so here we go.
I was stuck in deciding which aspects of the whole transportation theme to work with. It can be overwhelming, so I stuck to trains, planes, and of course, helicopters. Those tend to be the constant around these parts.
I made the banner (yes, it looks a lot like the one last year) but I like how the letters look a bit like clouds. I could tell that the party planner in me was not my main priority because I freehanded the letters. Last year I printed letters of the computer to use as stencils. Oh what a Momma learns is important in a year!
I kept the sweets simple with a Duncan Hines cake mix and a few airplanes courtesy of Oriental Trading.
Yea, I had big plans for making homemade cupcakes Friday. Who was I kidding? Anyone nearby need any cake flour? I've certainly got plenty!
For the kiddos, I borrowed the idea for pb and j train sandwiches on a track drawn on the tablecloth. The little folks really seemed to enjoy it, and I saw at least one wee bit request and eat his sandwich, and I'm pretty sure it's not his favorite!
We removed the lids from these containers and had a build you own trail mix toddler style, including goldfish, pretzels, frosted Cheerios, graham crackers, animal crackers and a small bin of marshmallows and M&Ms. I think it was a hit but I should have handed out plastic bags for to-go packs! We have so many snacks left over!