Last week, my sweet Lillian turned 3. She’ll be the first to tell you that she is officially a “Big Girl.” And she’d be right. In the last few months we’ve seen such a surge in her development…she’s (finally, hooray!!!) potty trained, her imagination has exploded, her vocabulary continues to floor me, and she’s developed a wonderful (sometimes infuriating) independent streak.We wanted to embrace and celebrate her Big Girl opinions as much as we could with her birthday this year. So, in keeping with the pun-y birthday theme tradition we’ve stumbled into (One-derland, Turning TuTu), this year was a Three-For-All. And was it ever.
We let her choose everything for the party. I’m normally a totally type-A control freak about party themes so I was surprised just how much fun we both had when I let her loose in the party department at Target. She got to pick it all — the decorations (mismatched plates and napkins), her outfit (complete with homemade crown, lots of jewelry and completely random shoes), the favors (“we MUST have party kazoos!”), the menu (hot dogs, macaroni and cheese and watermelon) and especially the cake. For months, she’s been telling me she wanted a rainbow cake. I wasn’t quite sure what that meant exactly, but she was pretty happy with the results.
While I’m normally one for from-scratch everything, I’m still pretty short on free time while Max is still such a little squirt. So to create the cake, I followed a tutorial I found here to the letter. Right down to the boxed cake mix and frosting.
This definitely wasn’t the most Pinterest-worthy party, but Lillian loved it. In fact, she loved the whole day. And we love her. Happy three little lady. I can’t wait to see what this year brings.