The "Pooh Party" that Avery had been talking incessantly about for over a month went off without a hitch. It was a vast improvement over how I felt after her first birthday party. That was a disaster. This time, I was relaxed, not stressed. If my floor didn't get mopped or my tables didn't get dusted, oh well. My house was going to be a wreck after people came pouring in anyway. I didn't obsess over decorations or food or details. I just worked hard on everything and then didn't stress the day of. It made for a VERY enjoyable day.
Food: I did Winnie the Pooh themed foods.
Bar-BEE-Que sandwiches as the entree.
P-BEE-and J sandwiches for the littles, if they weren't partial to BBQ.
Veggies, straight out of Rabbit's garden.
Rolls and "hunny." This was a special request from the birthday girl herself. We were eating at a local steakhouse that gives you complimentary honey with your dinner rolls. While Avery was dipping her rolls in honey, she asked me "At my Pooh party??" So, we HAD to have rolls and hunny.
Side note: check out these honey bottles I found at Walmart. I was just going to get the regular jars of clover honey that are in the shape of a bear. Then, this jar caught my eye.....
AHHHH! Winnie the Pooh shaped honey jars!! I may have bought four of them.
Next, a "Pooh" tato bar. Baked potatoes that you could load up with your choice of toppings--cheddar cheese, bacon, sour cream, broccoli, sauteed mushrooms, butter.
I didn't get a picture of them, but the baked potatoes were as big as your head. Seriously. I got them at Sam's Club and they were the biggest things I'd ever seen. My sister told me that she felt like she deserved a t-shirt if she finished the entire thing. Monstrous.
If you weren't feeling like a baked potato, you could also indulge in some "Pooh" tato chips.
Finally, dessert. I didn't do a cake this year, but instead opted for cupcakes. In my mind, I wanted to make something like this....
But this involved cutting apart yellow and black jellybeans and squeezing them together. I'm too lazy for that. Instead, I took Whoppers candies and drizzled them with yellow icing. Lazy woman's version. Sliced almonds for the wings. Did they look as good as the above version? Nope. Don't care.
Also, Tigger Tails! Shout out to my sister-in-law for making these adorable orange colored chocolate dipped pretzels, drizzled in chocolate. Marty can't stop eating them, three days later.
I bought a glass terrarium at Michael's and filled it with a yellow tablecloth to mimic honey. Also to make the pretzel stand a little higher for easy accessibility.
Avery's Outfit: Many of you know that I stressed over what my little "hunny" was going to wear to her party. Shoot, I wrote a whole blog post about it. A Facebook friend sent me over to JossyBelle Bows on Facebook and she created exactly what I was picturing in my mind. I didn't want a single Winnie the Pooh anywhere on it. I just wanted it to be "Pooh-inspired." This is what she made:
And this is what it looked like on Avery:
Decorations: I honestly didn't do many. My sister-in-law let me borrow some of the Pooh character stuffed animals, which I scattered around the house. I bought red and Pooh-yellow tablecloths and put them on the food and present tables. The only crafty thing I did was make a Pooh-inspired wreath that hung on the front door and that will be hung in her playroom later. (inspired by this wreath on etsy).
Party favors: I ordered some teddy bears online that the little girls could stuff themselves. I also bought some Winnie the Pooh puzzles and some bug catchers at the Dollar Tree. Provided all the kids with a brown bag that they could keep their favors in. I really hope the kids enjoyed them.
Favorite picture of the day:
*sigh* Does it even need words? It makes my heart smile so, so much. She loves her Aunt Day-Day.
Giggle of the day: My sister-in-law had her son's Halloween costume from a couple of years ago. Of course we had to try it on.
Cuteness overload. I can't handle.
Favorite moment of the day: There were lots of great moments, but by far my favorite moment happened when Avery opened a very special gift. Marty's mom passed away in November of last year. For Christmas, she had already purchased the kid's Christmas gifts before she passed, so they had something to open from her on Christmas Eve. But a couple of weeks ago, my sister-in-law found some presents in her old bedroom. And one of them had Avery's name on it. Inside, was a Winnie the Pooh doll and sticker book. When Arlene passed away, we hadn't planned Avery's party. We didn't know it would be Pooh themed. Heck, back in November, Avery wasn't even into Winnie the Pooh at that point. I still can't wrap my head around it.
She's slept with it every night since. Thanks Gaga.
The party was literally perfect. I wouldn't change a single thing. Happy birthday, my little "hunny."