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Birthday Fun

Right after the holidays, I get to celebrate my two daughters’ birthdays in quick succession—the first in late December, and the next less than a month later in January. My kids are still just toddlers, but they are starting to recognize that they get a day of presents and cake.

I try to make their birthdays a little extra special with fun decorations for them to wake up to in the morning. I keep things pretty simple with just some inexpensive party supplies—plastic tablecloths, balloons, cake plates, streamers, etc. Easy and cheap, but cute. :)

For my oldest, who turned four in December, I gave her a mermaid themed tablescape complete with an aqua color scheme, a blue vanilla cake (at her request, and which she helped make), and the most perfect cute wrapping paper I was lucky enough to find on holiday clearance. She received a mermaid doll and dress up outfit as well, which she adored. She makes a pretty cute mermaid, if I do say so myself.


My second daughter turned three in January…

Miniature S'mores

I don't know what it is, but I am fascinated by items in miniature form. Things just seem a bit more charming and fun when they've been scaled down in size. So when I spotted a box of bite-sized graham cracker squares in the grocery store the other day, I of course thought, "Omigoshthesewouldmakethecutestlittlesmores..." So I made some. And they were yummy.

Materials:
-Honey Maid Lil' Squares graham crackers
-Hershey's Drops candies
-mini marshmallows
-toothpicks
-tealight*
(*It goes without saying that you should be cautious with an open flame, especially with all those sugary, and very flammable, marshmallows around.)

I stuck a mini marshmallow on the end of a toothpick and roasted it over a tealight. Because the chocolate candies are rounded, it helps to hold it over the flame for a second or two to melt it a little so it sticks to the graham cracker more securely. An added bonus about these little guys is that you can make and eat several without feeling…

Quick Snack Ideas

Easy. Simple. Yummy.
garlic bagel chips + parmesan shavings


apple slices + sandwich pepperoni (Sweeter apples work better for this. This is also good with a slice of cheddar cheese)


raspberries + ready-to-eat cheesecake filling + chocolate-covered graham cookies or Oreos