My sweetness turned 6 this past Friday so our weekend was full of food, cake, presents, swimming & funny little food items with big eyes & mouths!
Have your children jumped on the Shopkins train yet?!?! Mine have been on it for a while now & this seemed like the perfect party theme for Maggie.
I started getting ready for the party by making sugar cookies in the shapes of 4 different Shopkins for the goody bags. I've gotten to where I don't waste money on junk anymore & give everyone what they want...food!
I used cookie cutters I already had & improvised with the rest. Here was our cookie menu:
Strawberry Kiss (strawberry) - heart cookie cutter
D'Lish Donut (donut) - circle cookie cutter w/ a small flower cookie cutter for center
Melonie Pips (watermelon) - triangle cookie cutter
Wild Carrot (carrot) - carrot cookie cutter
I'm not what you'd call a traditional cookie decorator who does it the "right way." I'm always too rushed to do outlines, flooding, 10/20/etc-second icing, etc. I just do the one giant bowl of royal icing & call it a day. I just spoon all the icing on my cookies & hope it all stays in place. Luckily, this process has been working for me so far.
I found these cute strawberry baskets at Hobby Lobby & they were the perfect packaging for the goody bag treat!
A party's not complete without a cake, right?! But a Shopkins party isn't complete without a Kooky Cookie Cookie Cake! I continue to use my friend's cookie cake recipe & it's always a winner! I didn't feel like tackling eyes & a mouth with frosting, so I printed them out on cardstock & "glued" them onto the cake with a smear of frosting.
I was worried there wasn't going to be enough cookie cake to go around, so I made a couple boxes of cupcakes as well. Funfetti, of course! :-)
Keeping with the Shopkins theme, we made a chip display using a very large empty frame. This was actually a "trash find" that I've been holding onto for about a year. The kids threw some paint on it (& I literally mean they threw paint) to spruce it up a bit & make it a little whimsical. Bo stapled some twine across the back & then attached all the individual chip bags with mini clothespins. I think it turned out super cute! Maggie was really proud of it & the display made it really easy for the kids to just come and get whatever they wanted. If it got too empty...we just refilled it!
This was my favorite decoration of all! hahaha! It's even still up in the half-bath...staring at us...holding its nose! ;-) I found ALL the Shopkins characters here so I could just copy/paste them into Word & print the size I needed.
Thanks to all of our family & friends who were able to celebrate Maggie's birthday with us!