Three is awesome. Or it looks like it is going to be. Either way, it is off to a great start. Emma is her own person right now, making decisions about what she wants to be for Halloween, eat for breakfast and wear to school. This also means that now there is more room for disagreement, more stand-offs in the parking lot of the art museum when sliding down the enormous art sculpture tops her priority list and heading home to give her and her sister a nap tops mine. She tells us in length what went on at the playground and who joined her in the castle at the top of the slide, and which toy she spent the most time on, who pushed who, and who said they were ‘sorry.’ She goes on and on about dance class, making sure to include every detail, and rehearse every song, and attempt to mimic the steps they learned that day. She talks to us about the things and people she looks forward to. She imagines. She pretends. We are literally watching her learn to love life. And it is awesome. For her third birthday we had a small picnic in the park with a few of her friends and I can honestly say, she never looked happier. It was the perfect celebration for a pretty perfect little girl.
I took lunch orders the week before from each of the guests and packed each girl their own boxed lunch for the afternoon. I poured pink lemonade in acrylic mason jars with lids and tucked a personalized bracelet in every box for all of her friends.
Every box included a cup of fresh cut fruit, a yogurt, and a pre-packaged set of utensils from one of my favorite party supply shops, Shop Sweet Lulu. I used a mirrored tray from our home in the center of the table as well as jars and vases we had lying around that were filled with pretty flowers from the grocery store.
We stacked four wooden pallets, two on top of each other, next to another two on top of each other, to make a table for the girls that would be the perfect height for them to sit on pillows and enjoy their picnic.
The pillows were a mix from Urban Outfitters, Target, One Kings Lane, and from our home.
The guest of honor sporting her current favorite color, purple.
I made this four-layer cake, taking a shortcut by using boxed yellow cake. I whipped up fresh cream with berries the morning of the party and layered the whipped topping between each layer of cake. A few drops of red and blue food coloring added to white cookie icing was poured on top of the cake and garnished with flowers from our kitchen. These apple cider donut holes from Montclair Bread Co. and the colorful macaroons from Asalt & Buttery were so delicious, neither lasted long.
The assorted sandwiches from Fresco Market & Catering were for the adults and parents at the party and the silverware, plates and napkins were easy to reach, so everyone there could serve themselves.
I made Emma and her friends a second cake that was a little bit sweeter, another four-layers of boxed cake mix with food coloring to give the cake a lavender shade, and vanilla buttercream between each layer. The outside of the cake was topped with vanilla buttercream, too, with swirls of purple icing and a gold glitter candle for the birthday girl to blow out.
My Favorite Party Details From This Picnic in the Park Celebration:
- The gold, mirrored bar cart
- The naked cake with fresh whipped cream and berries
- The wooden pallet picnic table for the kids
- and MORE!
Stylist: Pumpkin + Rose
Photos: Pumpkin + Rose:
Catering: Fresco Market & Catering
Gold, Mirrored Bar Cart: Pumpkin + Rose
Picnic Boxes: Shop Sweet Lulu
Napkins: Shop Sweet Lulu
Utensils: Shop Sweet Lulu
Paper Plates: Shop Sweet Lulu
Paper Straws: Shop Sweet Lulu
Melamine Round Dessert Plates: Shop Sweet Lulu
Cake stands: Pumpkin + Rose
Cakes: Emma’s mommy 🙂
Wooden pallet picnic table: Pumpkin + Rose
White and Gold Tassel Garland: Glam Fete
Gold ‘3’ Balloon: Party City
Gold Serving Platters: Home Goods
Flowers: Whole Foods
Fabric Tent: Pumpkin + Rose
Gold Mirror Tray: Pumpkin + Rose
Assorted Pillows: Pumpkin + Rose, Urban Outfitters, Target, One Kings Lane
*All Pumpkin + Rose items are available for rental in the NJ/NYC tri-state area*