Wednesday, July 27, 2016

jaina's cooking party!

Jaina chose cooking for her birthday party theme about six months ago, and we've been talking about it ever since. She knew she wanted to make her own food, and I knew I wanted to use all of my vintage pyrex. ;)

 I've brought home so many vintage baking and tin pieces from my grandma's this year, and I love being able to use them.
It's fun when your dining room decor goes along with you party decor. ;)

I was a little stressed thinking of planning a birthday party just a few weeks after my sister's wedding, but turns out make-your-own food parties are THE BEST!

I made pasta and quinoa salads the day before, the kids topped their own pizzas and decorated their own cupcakes! No staying up late melting chocolate and icing cakes!

 I've loved that red Costco stool ever since I was a kid, and I'm so glad my girls get to use it now.

Plus you don't have to plan any games since cooking is quite an activity on it's own.

  When you're four you start to look quite grown up. ;)

Now I'm hungry...

 While the kiddos were waiting for their pizzas they played in Jaina's play kitchen, and I made "grown up" pizzas for the adults. Pesto broccoli, pepperoni basil, and sausage spinach provolone.

We always have the guests sign a "birthday book". This year's was Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. 

I came up with the idea for these paper chef's hats, and they couldn't have been easier. I printed a page with each kid's name on it - landscape and centered at the bottom. Then taped it to another piece of paper and drew the lines on with a fine-tip Sharpie. It didn't matter if the lines were wavy since it only helped to make it more realistic. Each kid also got their own apron for their favor.

I always wanna know what they're talking about!

That evening Jaina gave me a big hug and said she had sooooooo much fun at her party. So sweet!

This girl's gonna have some big adventures while she's four. Preschool, ballet, and who knows what else! She is kind, helpful, funny, responsible, thoughtful, and getting braver every day. I can't wait to see how she continues to grow!

Party Credits
Party Styling: Kara Hallead
Aprons: Hobby Lobby
Linens: Vintage
Dishware: Vintage
Chair: Vintage Costco stool
Banner paper: A.C. Moore

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