Sugar and spice
And everything nice.
That’s what little girls are made of.
For our daughter Avery’s first and second birthday parties, I had known exactly what I wanted the party themes to be. When this year rolled around, life had gotten a lot busier and we were just planning a party with our immediate family. My first thought was that I wouldn’t do anything that involved too much effort. My second thought was, that maybe I should let her pick the theme (cars, Doc McStuffins, etc.). Then, it occurred to me, this might be the last year she lets me plan her party the way I want. I have plenty of Barbie, race car, and princess birthdays ahead of me, but how many more do I have where I get to decide the decorations. Well, that was all the encouragement I needed. My brain kicked off into full party planning mode. I eventually settled in on the Sugar and Spice theme and I couldn’t be more proud or obsessed with how it turned out!We always describe Avery as Sugar and Spice, sweet as pie one moment, and well, spicy as a habanero pepper the next! It definitely keeps us on our toes! So, after I decided on this theme, I went straight to Pinterest for some pinspiration. I was extremely surprised to find though, that no one really had planned a party like the one I had already forming in my mind! Sure, there were parties that halfway committed to the theme, a sign here, a sugary food there, but nothing girly, and definitely, nothing on point. So, back to the drawing board. I started pulling ideas of things that I could make myself and do during naptime! I also began racking my brain for ways to incorporate the “Sugar and Spice” theme into the food choices as well!
So, without further ado, here’s what I came up with:
First, I made this Sugar and Spice banner out of construction paper and a little photo shop for the letters. You could easily write out your own, I just definitely can’t! It was super easy. I just traced bowls to get the circular shape and cut away. I was pretty proud of how it turned out in the end.
Next, I made this flower and snowflake garland out of more construction paper, tape, and twine! Just fold the paper into a fan like you used to in elementary school. Then cut little squares into the side for the different designs! I think this was Avery’s favorite decoration. She wouldn’t let me take these down for about a week after the party!
Then, I made a tiny banner for Avery’s cake. I made it by typing the word “Three” out in Word in a font and color I liked. Then, cut it out and taped it to a piece of twine. I added a few bunting looking pieces of paper to the sides, for flair, and tied the whole thing to long skewers. I cut the skewers to size once I had made the cake. This was one of my favorite decorations. I couldn’t get over how cute it looked on top of her cake and how it added just a little decoration to her “naked cake,” without losing the effect.
The final touch came to me when I was reading Avery her nursery rhyme book one night. Her book has the actual Sugar and Spice rhyme in it. I was first thinking of typing it out, but then I was bummed I wouldn’t have the illustration. So, it occurred to me to just scan the actual page itself! I simply scanned the page onto our computer and resized it to an 8×10 for the frame I wanted it in! I absolutely loved the way it turned out. It was such a great and easy touch to tie everything in together!
For food, we were serving a lunch. After trying too hard to incorporate the Sugar and Spice theme into the main course, I decided nothing I came up with would have meshed well enough with the dessert. So, instead, I went with tarragon and cherry chicken croissant sandwiches and they were amazing! They were spot on! I just served these with chips and grapes to keep it simple!
The cake. This was my crowning moment. I had found this recipe for a gingerbread cake on Pinterest and was slightly intimidated at the prospect of a homemade cake. Especially, a spiced cake that I had never tried! Well, let me tell you, this cake is amazing! It smells so good, just like gingerbread cookies. The spiced cream cheese frosting also compliments it so well! This cake is the epitome of Sugar and Spice. It was an absolute hit. When we asked Avery later what her favorite part of the party was, she said, her cake!