Sometimes kids just need a party, no birthday required. This is, anyway, my reasoning behind planning a get-together for my oldest daughter and her friends. You see, this has been a tough move for her and I thought a fun party would be just what she needed. And in Seattle, well, we couldn't imagine a better theme for this time of year! She had a great time planning everything out and gathering up a handful of friends from the neighborhood, school and church to just hang out. Basically it was a play date x 6 + a great big cake. We held the party on the second to last day in May and surprisingly didn't need our wellies or umbrellas after all!
Party fare was simple...a big, yummy cake and juice squeeze drinks. I made my updated version of Coconut Layered Cake with Lemon Curd + Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting...it was a nice change from cupcakes, which I typically make instead. The pretty paper umbrellas were a gift from my MIL, who purchased them at HEMA in Holland. That's one amazing store...
The tulip lollipops (also a purchase from Holland--Keukenhof's gift store to be exact) and ribbons made easy party favors.
After making tissue paper flowers (using this tutorial, sans the marker edge), we headed outside to snap a photo of the girls donning their rain gear. Initially the kids were confused as to why they needed to bring a pair of wellies and an umbrella to the party, but were pretty tickled once I explained why. I think they enjoyed participating in something fun and unexpected--being a little silly also served as a great ice breaker. From a parenting perspective, I'm just grateful I am that my daughter still thinks it's cool for me to help her plan parties. Someday I imagine she'll think all my ideas are dorky so I'm enjoying the ride while I can!