Monday, September 14, 2015

Claire's 3rd Birthday: Cake and Presents

Claire helped me pick out what cake she wanted. I logged onto Pinterest, searched "Mermaid Cake" and let her pick her favorite. Even after we chose the cake, she'd still ask me every day if we could look at pictures of "giant cakes" on my phone just for fun. Richie picked up the cake a couple hours before the party. Claire couldn't stop talking about it..she was so excited!

This was the part of the party that I was most excited for. She's talked a lot about birthdays the past couple months. She makes cakes and candles out of play doh. If I can't get her to eat her food, I wrap it in paper towel and sing "Happy Birthday" to her and she'll happily eat it. Each day she pretends it's one of her princess dolls birthdays and she'll sing to them and give them presents. You get the idea.. Claire LOVES birthdays. And this was the day that she finally got to have everybody sing to her and give her presents. She was in heaven. 

 "Do I really get to eat that cake now?"

Blowing out candles. 

I LOVE this picture. It was the moment she had been waiting for and talking about for months--everybody singing her Happy Birthday and getting to blow out a birthday candle! :)

She was pretty excited about eating the cake too. :)

This little girl is beautiful in every color!

It wasn't hard to get her to smile for this picture. ;)

Then Claire got to open presents! 

She got spoiled by everyone and got so many fun things!

These two pictures are Claire opening her "Rapunzel Styling Head." We were at Ross, she saw it and picked it off the shelf. I told her that maybe she could ask for it for her birthday. Her Birthday wasn't for two-ish months so I figured she wouldn't remember the gift until she opened it. Boy, was I wrong. She asked for this present EVERY DAY until her Birthday Party. 

Her reaction to opening the Rapunzel toy was so funny to watch. She was most excited about a $10 toy! She's only played with it once or twice since opening it though. I think Connor likes it more that she does, actually! And I like it too because it means that Connor pulls Rapunzels hair instead of mine. ;) 

It was a fun party and such a great day! Happy Birthday Little Claire Bear! :)

Claire's 3rd Birthday: Photo Booth

I tried to come up with activities that both adults and kids would like. My first idea was desserts (who doesn't like sugar?). And my other idea was a photo booth. Richie helped me make different under-the-sea-props and character pieces. 

My Mom and Dad (Chef and Ursula)

"Kiss the Girl"

Papa and Nana and all their Little Mermaids. 

Ursula (Nana Gwilliam) 

2 Prince Erics and 2 Ariels.

My handsome boys.

Uncle Mike and Claire. 

Claire and Auntie Paige. 

Mike, Claire and Maddie. 

Grandma Betty and Claire. 

Nana Preece and Claire. 

Daddy, Claire and Mommy. 

"Kiss the Girl"

Nana Gwilliam and Claire
 Mommy, Claire and Danielle. This was at the end of the party and Claire was done with posing/smiling! haha

Brynn, Kathie, Jim, Gavin and Griffin. 

Mommy and Daddy posing with Claire. 

We also snapped some pictures of our guests hanging out. 

Mike, Maddie and Grandma. 

Jim, Kathie, Gavin and Griffin.  

Jenn, Lacey, Paisley and Brady. 

Daddy and Connor. 

Richie and Baby Emma. 

Kyle and Natalie. 

Paige, Connor, Jess, Maddie and Mike. 

Uncle Matt holding Connor. 

Ryan and Danielle. 

Uncle Landon. 

Amy and Kathie. 

Lacey and Paisley.

Papa Preece and Uncle Ty managed to hide from the camera the whole afternoon! 

Thanks to our friends and family for making Claire's party so fun!

Claire's 3rd Birthday: Decorations and Food

I have a couple of blog posts about Claire's Birthday party. I narrowed down the pictures by a lot, but still ended up with sixty pictures to post! ha! This first post is only pictures of food and decorations, so if you want pictures of Little Miss Claire, skip ahead to the next post! :)

I stayed up super late the night before her party so I could have everything ready before Claire even woke up. I should have recorded Claire when she walked out of her bedroom. She ran from wall to wall, looking at the decorations, yelling, "I LOVE IT!" It was so fun to watch!

(Photo credit goes to my mom. I didn't take any pictures of the decorations--oops!)

We had a dessert bar with different cookies, candies and cake.

"Ocean Wave Cookies"


"Sand dollars"

Claire's Cake

My mother-in-law made these awesome cookies. They were so cute and delicious. 

"Ocean Water"

This picture is kind of washed out, but there's fish nets holding up all the balloons. We ended up having to pull some of the balloons down because the Birthday girl wanted a balloon with a face drawn on it. :)

The favors

"It was great to SEA you, Love, Claire"

"Sunken Treasure" We had a couple different types of suckers, candy necklaces, fish ring pops, and gold coins. Hardly anybody took candy so now I have TONS of candy at my house haha. 

Here's a full shot of our food table.