Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings, These are a few of my favorite things
Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels, Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings, These are a few of my favorite things
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes, Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs, These are a few of my favorite things
When the dog bites, When the bee stings, When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things, And then I don't feel so bad
Yesterday our sweet little "Rose" turned three years old... She just loves watching the Sound of Music and reading the My Favorite Things picture book she found in her Easter Basket earlier this year, so I decided to give her a "My Favorite Things" birthday party!
It had been a busy week, enjoying a visit with friends and celebrating feast days, but everything fell into place for her party. The boys and Sean arrived home from the Lego competition around 6pm, just as the rest of our guests (my parents, four of my brothers, my sister-in-law, and niece) were arriving. I'm pretty sure this birthday will be remembered as one of her own favorite things!
Raindrops on Roses...
Pink Roses from Daddy, just for our little Rose!
Speaking of her Daddy, I posted it on Facebook, but I still haven't had the opportunity to share with you all what happened when he came home from work a couple weeks ago... The kids were watching The Sound of Music and I told them to pause it for dinner, since their Dad had to work late. We all ate and just as we were finishing Sean walks through the door (right by our TV) and the movie resumes on it's own. (it does that after it's been paused for so long) Immediately "Rolfe" salutes and yells "Heil Hitler!" What timing, and OH MY GOODNESS it was funny!!! Definitely not the greeting he is use to hearing when he arrives home from a long day at work! ;)
... and Whiskers on Kittens
The kids all enjoyed coloring (including the "whiskers on kittens") Three Little Kitten Coloring Pages. I realized that we don't have a copy of this book! We had the Golden Book when I was a child, but I couldn't find it online. Which is your favorite? Maybe the one illustrated by Jerry Pinkney or the one by Paul Galdone?
Bright Copper Kettles...
When I went looking for a copper kettle, I quickly discovered how expensive they can be! Yikes... I was very excited to find this little vintage miniature copper kettle on ebay. She will love having it for her play kitchen!
... and Warm Woolen Mittens
I made cut-out cookies, using store bought dough, for the kids to decorate using a printed template.
Brown Paper Packages Tied up with Strings
Friday night I made a "Brown Paper Packages Tied up with Strings" Birthday Banner using my Cricut while my friend Erica (her and her dear children visited from Wed-Sat morning!) baked the cakes and we visited! (Oh, how we have MISSED her and her family since they moved...)
I used my Winter Wonderland Cartridge for the letters and the Once Upon a Princess cartridge for the strings. I made the brown packages by cutting brown 8.5" x 11" card stock into 4 pieces with a paper cutter. I punched little holes in each corner to string the twine through, and hung it in the window!
Of course I wrapped all her gifts in brown paper tied up with strings as well!
These are a few of my favorite things...
Rose opened one of her gifts before her dad and the big boys left for the day. She was so excited about the little toy guitar I found for her on ebay!
She opened the rest of her gifts after we had cake and she loved them all!
The Buckley Deer Family, Clothing, and a PINK doll (purchased from Magic Cabin with a gift certificate) from Daddy and Momma. A beautiful card and money from Grandpa & Grandma G. Adorable pink "Beaver" pajamas and play balls from Grandpa & Grandma M. And the cutest slippers and mittens from her Aunt, Uncle and Cousin.
Whew! And it's not even Christmas yet... I'm not sure what I think about these December birthdays... For Christmas she will be receiving another special doll, the Grimm Wooden Fairy Tale Village Blocks, and a homemade gift from Momma (if I have a chance to finish it, otherwise I will wrap up this stocking stuffer).
Cream Colored Ponies...
Rose loves her big brothers stick horse, so when I ran across this "cream colored pony" for a few dollars on Black Friday, I had to get it for her birthday! She spent most of the day (when she wasn't playing her guitar) galloping around the house!
and Crisp Apple Streudels
I had forgotten to purchase Apple Streudel at the grocery store, but the homemade version I made ended up tasting so much better! Yum!!
Doorbells and Sleigh Bells
We made "Sleigh Bell Necklaces" with silver and PINK jingle bells for all the girls - including mom and grandma - using some leftover twine.
They were so pretty and festive!
and Schnitzel with Noodles
Wienerschnitzel (hot dogs!) with Noodles for dinner.
Both are definitely favorites of the birthday girl!
Of course we had to have pink lemonade too...
The Baroness: "Not too sweet, not too sour." Uncle Max: "Just too, uh... PINK!"
Wild Geese that fly with the Moon on their Wings
These are a few of my favorite things
I forgot to print something out for my "wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings" decoration, but here are a few more of my favorite things that I found for the party!
A couple days before Rose's birthday I ran across this limited edition Sound of Music/Favorite Things gift box for only $19.99 at Costco. I called home to ask the boys if we still only owned The Sound of Music on VHS and when they said that was all we had I went ahead and purchased it. I didn't even realize I was purchasing such a treasure!
It came with all sorts of goodies, including a cute little "My Favorite Things" music box! We played the soundtrack during the party, and I also pulled out the included postcards to scatter around as additional decorations. (Also pictured above is Rose's My Favorite Things picture book. So sweet!)
The Sound of Music: A Classical Collectible Pop-up is also amazing!
We have also been enjoying V is for Von Trapp: A Musical Family Alphabet!
Girls in White Dresses with Blue Satin Sashes
The birthday girl's two favorite big sisters dressed up in their beautiful white dresses and mom bought some blue satin ribbon to complete their party dresses.
Snowflakes that stay on my Nose and Eyelashes
While I was making the banner, I also cut out snowflakes using the Winter Wonderland cartridge. I love my little Cricut!
I set these out, but we ran out of time to make them...
They will be a perfect addition to Bud's Winter ONEderland party on Wednesday.
Silver White Winters that melt into Springs
I was originally going to try and cover the cake with various "favorite things" but then decided to go with "silver white winters" for the top tier, and "melt into springs" for the bottom tier! I used the Wilton Large Snowflake Lollipop Mold for the top and the miniature rose mold for the flowers. I made the rest of the decorations by piping melted candy onto parchment paper creating the designs that I wanted for the cake!
These are a few of my favorite things
(Unfortunately Bud missed his afternoon nap and ended up sleeping through most of the party...)
The birthday girl loved blowing out her candles...
... and eating her Strawberry Cake and Ice-Cream...
after all, they were PINK-UH!!!
Happy 3rd Birthday to my beautiful