We finally were able to celebrate Zella's Fourth "Birdie" Party yesterday with our family and friends. We originally planned for her special day to be held on the 19th of February but Zella and I were sick with the flu. We then rescheduled it to be held last Saturday but then hubby/daddy came down with strep throat. So we rescheduled it once again for yesterday and it was a success! Third time is a charm right?
The theme for her party was birds. And even though it was a yucky rainy day outdoors, we brought early spring indoors with lots of pastel pinks, blues and yellows. Xiera and I spent most of the week cutting out birds from pretty spring designed scrap paper. We made enough to string together to create a garland of birds for decoration.
The party table had a lot of yummy treats.
Xiera and I made these delicious chocolate bird nests and marshmallow pops the night before. For the marshmallow pops, we stuck lollipop sticks into the center end of a few handfuls of large marshmallows. Next, we poured a bag of semisweet chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and melted them in the microwave. We then dipped the opposite end of a marshmallow into the melted chocolate and sprinkled them with candy sprinkles. For the final touch we added half of a jelly bean to their centers. You can use M&M's too.
We made the bird nests by mixing melted peanut butter and chocolate chips together. We then added chow mein noodles and spooned them out onto wax paper. Finally we added jelly bean eggs for the bird eggs and set them in the freezer overnight so they would be ready in time for the party the next day.
The bird nest serving tray was made out of old dishes and glasses I found at our local thrift store. I was going to glue them together but decided not to. I thought I might reuse them somehow later on.
Being a perfectionist, I didn't think the cake turned out as I had hoped. Who knew making a simple 3 layered round cake could become such a hard task? But I guess when you start on it after midnight, the morning before the party, and are sleep deprived, things can get a little wonky. I made a large chocolate bird nest to put on the top with candy coated chocolate eggs inside. The mommy bird I purchased from Party Hoppers on Etsy. She made it to match the cute birdie on Zella's invitations. Everyone at the party loved the cake and it got the birthday girl approval so that is all that matters.
I found the adorable birdie gift boxes at Oriental Trading Company. They were just too sweet to pass up.
Inside each little box was a bird whistle, little bird ornament art project, (both I found at Oriental Trading Company.) bird stickers, gummy worms (bird food), and a smiley foot ring, because honestly what is a birdie party without a smiling foot ring?
For craft time, the little guests made feathered birds. We had lots of beautiful colored plumes to chose from.
Zella loved all of her wonderful gifts she received. Xiera was there to help her little sister every step of the way. :) I think her favorites were her coloring books she got from grandma, her new A Fairy Secret Barbie, and her adorable Lalaloopsy dolly, Blossom Flowerpot.
Make a wish my sweet little princess!
Her BEAUTIFUL party hat was made by Kel of Posh Party Couture. Kel makes the BEST party hats around. We simply adore this one and plan to keep it as a keepsake on Zelly Belly's shelf. Just look at all of the detail!
Happy Birthday Zella! Even though you are 4 years old now, you will always be my sweet baby girl.
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