Last week we had a special celebration for our dear friend Allie’s birthday. She’s away on a big family vacation this year over her birthday, and we just couldn’t let a year go by without celebrating with this sweet girl. She’s had some great parties in the past, including the ladybug party, the farm party, and the puppy dog party. Her favourite colour is yellow, which inspired our lemonade themed birthday celebration. The party was a surprise for Allie and she was so excited when she saw everything all set up just for her. I made her a simple hair band for her hair from a felt lemon slice, attached to a pink hair band, we teamed it up with a pretty pink tutu skirt and a yellow polka dot t-shirt for the perfect little birthday outfit.
We had a beautiful day outside, so we enjoyed the backyard with our lemonade stand, a bbq lunch and some fun water play. We sat out under the pergola.
I started out with this pretty yellow striped table cloth from IKEA. I picked some wild flowers and placed them around the yard in pretty mason jars.
I also used the felt birthday banner that I made years ago.
When I made it, I made sure that the bunting flags on the ends were blank so the decorations could be changed with velcro or double sided tape, to fit any theme. For our lemonade party, I made some simple felt lemon slices.
I set up the lunch food on a little bench up on the deck, decorated with more wild flowers, and chalkboard sign.
We had a simple, kid friendly lunch of hotdogs and sausage, veggies and dip, and chips.
I used some yellow checked wax paper to wrap up the dogs, and take out fry containers to hold the chips, which worked out perfectly.
After lunch it was time for dessert. My sister and brother-in-law made my girls this awesome lemonade stand, a few Christmas’ ago. It was made with a changeable awning, we used the other one for Maddie’s cupcake party as the dessert table –see it here. For this party it was the perfect lemonade stand and dessert table, with the “pinch of sugar Lemonade” banner.
I made a cute lemonade printable for the dessert table, and put it in a simple frame. It’s the old saying “if life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. You can have it as a free printable here.
We used the bottom section of the stand for lemons, and filled the middle baskets with lemonade. I found these great individual sized bottles, and filled them with regular and pink lemonade and paired them up with pretty pink and yellow striped straws.
The top section we used for the dessert table, filled with lots of yummy yellow, and pink desserts.
I found a few fun lemon sweets, including lemon slice candies, lemon lollipops, and lemon fruit candies.
I also had some jumbo strawberry marshmallows, that we dipped in yellow chocolate to make some fun marshmallow pops -always a favourite with the kids.
I also found some pink and yellow cotton candy, and served it in little plastic shot glasses.
We had some strawberry jelly donut timbits. I made a few fun picks with yellow and pink pom poms and some toothpicks -the little tiny plates are from the dollar store.
I made some sugar cookies. To make them look like lemons, I cut out the circle shape using a glass as a cookie cutter. I served them on a plate covered in pink sprinkles, such a fun idea for a party.
The cake was a delicious pink ombre cake with fluffy marshmallow icing, see all the instructions on how I made it here.
We had a wonderful afternoon together playing in the backyard.
Next post, I’ll share some of the fun little activities the girls enjoyed.
With a sweet little friend like Allie to celebrate with, life really is a party! Happy Birthday Miss Allie!