After we had finished with the traditional Korean birthday outfit, it was time to change into her party dress and for the rest of our guests to arrive! Since she's not old enough to pick her birthday theme, I decided to choose a theme from MY favorite movie as a kid - The Little Mermaid. While I didn't want to go with a Disney Princess Ariel theme, I still used an under the sea motif in everything I did.
April was an abnormally busy month for us. I had a work trip to Chicago. We had events going on every weekend in the month. It literally wasn't until two nights before her birthday party that I had time to start working on ANYTHING and I thought the whole under the sea theme was going to have to be trashed. Luckily, with just a couple cute desserts, the sea theme lived and the only actually craft item I did was creating a banner with the 12 months of photos of baby girl.
The sea themed items:
- Goldfish Puffs purchased from the store and poured into a fishbowl like bowl - EASY!
- Cut up a watermelon to look like a sea turtle - EASY!
- Put a spoonful of store bought cream cheese fruit dip with blue food coloring in frozen premade phyllo cups and add a couple little slices of strawberries to look like crab claws - Ok, a little more involved but still EASY!
- Take a couple Nilla Wafers and squeeze some cream cheese frosting between them. Add pearl candy and VOILA quick and easy oyster cookies - EASY!
For some of these dishes, I mashed up graham crackers, white sugar, and black sugar to look like "sand". I think everything came together looking really cute, and the best part was how extremely simple it all was.
To make life easier on me for everything else, we ordered her smash cake and the adults cake from my absolute favorite bakery here in town. The adult cake was an out of this world Tres Leche cake. For some "real" food, we ordered a flatbread tray from Zaxby's catering which everyone loved also.
But enough about the food. The party went wonderfully. Thank you to all of our friends and family who came. Baby girl is so loved and we appreciate each and every one of you.