Josselyn hosted her 1st St. Patty's Day play-date this past Friday!
My 2 year old is not the average 2 year old. She is always trying to make her own plans & schedule her own agenda haha. Usually she gives me her "to do list" at about 7am on the dot. It usually sound something like this..."Mommy how bout we get dressed, go to the mall, take candy on a walk and play with the kids" (she calls her friends "the kids") Sometimes she adds in a Starbucks trip or a trip to YaYa's house, the pet store or the park. Well my social butterfly 2 year old had a blast at her little buddy Eli's Valentines Day play-date/party last month and for the past few week all I have heard about is how much Josse wants to have a party and have all the "kids" aka her friends come over to HER house (Jewel, John & I are chopped liver). I decided I would let her host a little St Patty's Day play-date/party & invite a few of both her and Jewel's friends over for it. Josse had so much fun helping me pick out the decorations, crafts and food (well actually all Josse requested were cupcakes & cookies haha). She helped me every step of the day and it turned out very fun and quite green!
Here are some pictures of the party
I of course had to get all OCD and replicate a few Pinterest ideas I cam across. I took apart a green fabric strip tutu I made Josse a couple years ago and I just tied the strips onto some twine and added in a little burlap. I then cut out some letters with my Cricut and hot glued them onto some canvas squares.
Next I decided to make a couple paper clover bouquets to sit around with my Cricut. Of course this idea was inspired by Pinterest! Josse was a little upset I would not let her help glue them together but she did get to pick out the green paper for them.
Everyone who knows me knows that I can not have a party without a handmade paper banner (I use the Cricut of course) and Josse & Jewel's 1st St Patty's play-date was no exception. I did keep it simple and I just used scrap book paper I already had. I will say the little paper leprechauns I figured out how to make on the Cricut turned out super cute but where wayyyyy to time consuming lol Oh well Josse loved them and even named them haha!
I put together a couple tissue paper balls and bought some balloon sticks so Josse could give all of the guests a balloon to take home. The balloons were a huge hit with the 2 year olds however, they made taking pictures nearly impossible!!!!
Then I took Josse to the oh so wonderful Dollar Tree store and let her pick out a little gaudy/green decor to sit around the house. She chose a massive leprechaun, some green tinsel garland, fake gold coins and some surprisingly cute little leprechaun hats for the kids to wear. I also lucked out becasue I had tons of green & gold sequin material from one of our church's women's ministry Christmas party I decorated for a couple years ago.
You can't have a play-date without a few snacks and since this was a St Patty's day party we went with a very "green menu" and unfortunately I am not talking about a healthy/organic green menu. We served our guests:
-Paragary's chinese chicken salad (a northern California favorite) w/rolls
-Josse's favorite green veggie's (snap peas, cucumber, broccoli, celery)
-Green key lime chocolate dipped pretzels (from Trader Joe's)
-Crunchy green beans (from Trader Joe's)
-Green veggie chips (from Trader Joe's)
-Green baby Puffs for the under 1 year olds
This was a Josselyn Grace Alcala party so of course there were some desserts! She picked out all of the desserts and actually had a few other treats on the list as well (cake pops, chocolate marshmallows, etc) but I had to veto a few so the parents would not kill me! The dessert list included:
-Green & white sugar cookies
For refreshments we kept it simple with Apple Juice for the kidos & then some Pelegrino, Simply Lemon/Lime & Icy Kiwi drinks for the mamas.
Josselyn picked out a few crafts to do with her friends. The made shamrock faces & colored fuzzy leprechauns with a pot of gold. I'm pretty sure most of the kids made 1 or maybe 2 shamrock faces but Josse on the other hand made 7 of them lol.
What's a play-date without friends?!? We had 8 little munchkins join us for our party and they all came dressed extremely adorable & festive in their green. And if you look closely you can see that all of the mama's were in green too!
What a fun day with my 2 little leprechauns. The two of them sure do make life fun! I can't wait for our next play date.
Happy St Patrick's Day y'all