This weekend was pretty full. We had birthday parties to throw and to attend, soccer tournaments for the end of the season, and guests! We had so much going on that it was hard for me to get in the mood for a birthday party at our house!
Do you ever have that happen? Where you know you need to do something, but you just can’t get in the mood or gather the motivation to do it!? Well, that was Olive’s party. I even made the invitation AFTER the party! hahha. Canva is perfect for invitations! You can even order them to be printed!
She chose to have a Princess Sophia party… after she had chosen to have a Moana party that I had basically fully planned. That’s what happens when you involve a three year old. But it all came together the day before and mostly in the wee hours of the night.
When it comes to parties, I thoroughly enjoy being a food cheater. By that, I mean unboxing pre-made things and setting them out really pretty. I don’t take credit for them, but I prefer to have a pretty tablescape if possible. So this time around, according to my mom, I had a gal at Target. hahah.
I had grabbed all the Sophia goodies at our Party City which is going out of business (someday). They had goodies, crowns, confetti, tins, cupcake holders, food toppers,etc… everything. Then the day before, we grabbed some balloons and a castle background from Dollar Tree (THANK GOODNESS THEY HAVE HELIUM AGAIN), a cake and other goodies at Target, and some vintage teacups at Goodwill.
All in all, I think it turned out great! We ended up celebrating “It’s time to ParTEA, Olive is Three!” with a princess tea theme. Tea sandwiches and small sweets filled the table.
On the menu:
Wormwood Worms (Macaroni)
Baileywick Bites (Sandwiches)
Princess Amber’s Royal Wands (Fresh Fruit)
Royal Dazzleballs (Cakeballs)
Queen Miranda’s Macaroons
Sophia’s Amulet Tea (Sugar cookies)
Cedric’s Wands (Pretzels dipped in Frosting)
Clover’s Veggie Garden
It all looked adorable on the table and I think it turned out great with having pulled it together so last minute! I ended up not using all the Sophia themed items, but it was good to have on hand. What I did use, I used in ways they weren’t necessarily intended for.
I loved the sugar cookie tea bags. I grabbed some of the confetti and hot glued it together with string to create the tea bag look. These cookies we baked and then cut, but if I were to do it again, I’d just buy the pre-made cookies at Meijer. They are so good and you could easily do this with pre-made!
I also loved Clover’s Veggie Garden. I just mixed a few veggies including carrots, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower and snap peas to small terra cotta pots. Not only did it give the table a pop of color that wasn’t purple, the guests really loved it!
I added jewels to the top of skewers for the royal wands of fresh fruit…
And made homeade sandwiches including ham and cheese, turkey and cheese, pb&J, and chicken salad and just cut shapes to give them a little more excitement. While this is a little wasteful, no sandwiches were left uneaten.
For the cake, I just bought a store bought cake at Target and added a few decorations to the top. Small toys make great additions to the tops of cakes and we had this cake topper just hanging around. I did the same thing for Ella’s Shopkins party – same cake and all!
I think all in all, Olive had a great party and it turned out really cute. Olive was happy and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves! And I think we also stayed fairly within budget which is always fun too!
Do you do themed parties?! What’s your favorite theme you’ve seen!?