Isn't there still a place for all of that in our life?
As we "grown-ups" know all too well, childhood has an expiration date. As a parent, I want the expiration of my little princesses' childhood as far off in the distance as I can possibly push it. I want the whimsy and wonderment of childhood to be a thread woven through my girls' childhood memories.
This summer is the last summer before the Tiny Teen starts kindergarten. That's right, "big kid" school. I feel consumed by making this summer fun and full of whimsy! I want her to have wonderful, magic-filled moments to reflect on as she starts the next big chapter in her little life. Each big step in life seems to leave behind a little more childhood. Therefore, this is my small window of time to grant her as much childhood magic as I can muster.
So together with my friend D, we mustered up some childhood magic for our princesses in the form of...
...a quaint little backyard Red & Orange Party!!
The princesses had the BEST time dressing up, however they chose,
in their red & orange outfits and accessories.
The Tiny Teen...
her good pal, let's call her "Panda" since that's her absolute favorite animal, and of course...
the Texas Tornado in all of her snazzy, sassy, toddler cuteness.
Everything that they enjoyed HAD to be red and orange. The princesses munched on strawberries and orange slices, as they sipped on Simply Orange Juice's new Simply Cranberry Cocktail.
Fingernails were red and orange, as were balloons, flowers, and yes...paper lanterns and boas.
We took the red and orange theme and ran with it!
Lastly, let them eat cake! That's right.
The conclusion to their backyard party was red cake with orange frosting in a mason jar.
I whipped up a box of white cake mix (and I didn't even doctor it up this time!). I dyed the cake mix with a very generous amount of red dye, and then I pour it into GREASED pint-size mason jars. Only pour the batter about 1/3 of the way full to leave room for the frosting later. Put the jars into a glass pan with water 1/4 inch deep, and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Use a skewer for testing the cake's doneness. Remove jars from water and allow to cool, at least an hour before frosting. Again with the frosting, I just dyed white frosting orange. I stored them in the refrigerator until about 30 minutes before the princesses were going to eat them. They are FANTASTICALLY FUN!
As you can see, at first the girls weren't quite sure how to eat cake from a mason jar.
They quickly figured it out!
These cute mason jar cakes brought big smiles and a BIG thumbs-up!
Whimsy, wonderment, and childhood magical moments were at that Red & Orange Party.
Can't you just see them?
If you're looking for a little whimsy and wonderment this summer, throw together your own color party either for your kids or even your grown-up friends. It's amazing what fun a theme party can be at any age!
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