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Yesterday my little one, Megan, and I hosted a Top o' the Mornin' St. Patrick's Day Breakfast for some of our playgroup friends. We had about a dozen little friends and their mommies. I was so excited about this party because this was our first hosted event with this group and I love St. Patrick's Day! Not many people know this but we have a leprechaun named Liam who can be quite naughty St. Patrick's Day morning. I'll have to share some pictures of his escapades...
One of my favorite things about throwing a party are the decorations. I love the details and finding or creating those little touches that mean so much in the overall design. I bought six gold fringe door streamers to use for my pink and gold birthday party in January to use as curtains in my dining room. They stayed up for Valentine's because they were so festive and just when I thought I was going to take them down I realized they would be perfect for St. Patrick's Day.
I wanted to add some color so I added a valance made out of rainbow wrapping paper. Tutorial for that will be later this week. It's so easy and only cost $4.
Many of the items I used were found at one of my favorite places , The Dollar Tree. You can find some amazingly great stuff there. The green foil runners on the coffee bar was a roll of wrapping foil from there. The vintage looking glass pedestal bowls and cake plates...candlestick glued to the bottom of glass bowls and plates. I love anything sparkly so in addition to glittering the serving pieces I created a "LUCKY" glittered letter banner
No one believes me that I got the supplies at Dollar Tree! The Irish coffee mugs and shamrock garland I decorated them with, yep, from there too. The serving spoons and forks were found there too, I just glittered them. The people at my local Dollar Tree recognize me now I'm in there so much.
Now onto the food! I served Lucky Charms in leprechaun hats, mini Nilla Wafers in black pots because they looked like little coins, festive Chex Mix, mint crinkle cookies, rainbow made out of fruit and mini green pancakes, and crock pot Irish cream coffee.
The kids loved the marshmallows in the Lucky Charms, devoured the Nilla Wafers, and thoroughly enjoyed the fruit rainbow. The mommies seemed to really like the Irish cream coffee! One of the moms, not a fan of coffee, really liked this coffee because it tasted more like hot cocoa. Lucky for me there was a cup left which I am enjoying right now.
You can find all the recipes on my post over at Flaired Affairs: http://flairedaffairs.com/2013/03/contributor-made-by-a-princess-parties-in-style/
I wanted to do a craft with our new friends so I bought glitter paint at Michael's and cut a few poster boards from Dollar Tree into 8x10 and 5x7 sheets. I also cut some bell peppers in half (took the seeds out) because when cut they look like shamrocks. The art station was a huge hit and I loved seeing all those little rainbow fingers! This is a really easy craft to do even with a bigger group. It's pretty inexpensive too. A 6 pack of glitter paint was $5.99, the paint brushes were $5, the poster board was $1.50 and it made a bunch of sheets, the bell peppers were on sale so I think they were $2, and I made the pots and coins with my Silhouette Cameo with black and yellow paper I had on hand.
The art project was a big hit and everyone went home with something to remember our day together. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
What People Ate
Lucky Charms in leprechaun hats, mini Nilla Wafers in black pots because they looked like little coins, festive Chex Mix, mint crinkle cookies, and a rainbow made out of fruit and mini green pancakes
What People Drank
Crock pot Irish cream coffee, milk, water
Activities / Games
Watching my little girl twirling and squealing with excitement once she warmed up to all the kids in her backyard.
Most Touching Moment
Watching her sit at the front door window watching her new friends leave.