Our sweet Merritt turned THREE

Our sweet Merritt turned THREE! I feel like this year she had developmentally grown the most. She can have a full conversation, she has become very independent and is really starting to let her big personality shine. I am loving this age!

If you have been around Merritt in the last couple of months you know that the one thing on her mind has been her birthday party. Before I had it planned she was already talking about it. She is the youngest in her class, and after celebrating all her friends she couldn’t wait to celebrate hers.

I decided to take a chance with the weather and reserve a pavilion at the park. The park is her favorite place, it only seemed fitting to have it there. Also, this was the first year we did not have a family birthday and went with a friends birthday party. I wanted a place for the kids to run and play. We lucked up with the most beautiful weather and had a fun-filled day.

I wanted to share with you all some of the details from the party. I kept it very simple since we were throwing two parties a week apart.

I found these adorable invitations off Etsy.

Like I said I kept it very simple. I made a fun table cloth and that was about it for decorations. For the food, I did a picnic lunch. I make PB&J sandwiches with veggie straws and fruit for the kids in these fun boats. I made clean up super easy. I used the same boats for the adults but had chicken salad and a side of pasta.

And of course, we had cupcakes with a homemade rainbow chip icing.

Instead of presents, we asked our friends to bring party supplies to donate to Cultivate Kindness birthday boxes. Merritt loved the idea of giving so that other kids could have birthday parties as well. I was an opportunity to teach her about giving to others as well as reduced the clutter coming into our home.

Each kid left with a bubble wand for a party favor. I am very intentional about the gifts we give so I wanted it to be something that did not add clutter but would be played with. I brought extras to the park and the kids had a great time playing with them there as well.

The kids had a blast playing at the park! I would say the party was a success.

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