Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Busy bees

Somehow between trying to sell our condo (no offers...yet) and get our ducks in a row for our Portland move (we leave THIS Thursday), we managed to throw together an early 3rd birthday for Em/going-away party for us.

I wasn't planning on a theme, but then I decided Em would wear this sweet Gymboree dress I bought not long ago.
A bee theme was born.

As most of our parties go, we hosted the gathering at my in-laws'.

The early-birthday girl was thrilled.

Mini guest of honor

In addition to cake, there was lots of food.


I made some smores on a stick, using these flat marshmallows, and they turned out to be a big hit with the kiddos.
Smores on a stick

Em convinced the grandparents to let us rent a bounce house. My in-laws were firmly against it, fearing that someone would get hurt and sue them, until out of nowhere Em told them, "Grandma, I like to bounce!" They melted in a puddle of grandparentness and said, "Yes! Yes! You can have a bounce house! And here's your pony while we're at it!"

Bounce house

The bounce house arrived in the morning, and Em essentially bounced from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., taking a break for lunch, nap and to blow out her candles.

My mom even helped Em test out the bounce house after its arrival.


Em showed me how it's done.


With her pals at the party

Bounce house

Em & her pals

More pals at the party


Sweet boy


My friend Jami makes gorgeous, creative cakes in her spare time, so I recruited her to make the cake. I sent her a pic of a couple bee cakes for inspiration, decided on a lemon flavor and then left it up to her.

When she showed up with this final product, I almost cried. It was more than I could've hoped for.

Em loves parties and cakes, and we sing "Happy birthday" nearly every day and blow out "pretend" candles, just 'cuz. So I was surprised when we presented her with the candles on her cake, and she froze. Happy birthday stage fright, perhaps?

Bee cake


I finally convinced her to join all her pals and blow out the three candles.

Hesistant to blow out candles

I'm glad we were able to celebrate with so many of our friends and family, some of whom drove hours just to be with us, before we head up north. I can't imagine a better way to send us off. 


  1. Darling. Will miss you.

  2. sad to have missed this. and will miss you guys.

  3. miss you already!

  4. I am weeping! I need to drive by your place and just give you a hug. For serious. Tomorrow? I mean it!

  5. The dress and cake are both adorable! Glad you had such a fun party, and best of luck with the big move.

  6. OMG cute! Em's dress is adorable and she looks so cute in it. And the cake. Amazing! I found a new blog to stalk. Thanks.

    Have a wonderful last few days in LA and good luck on the new city/life.

  7. So happy to have been part of the day. Don't I get a pony ride?

  8. Oh my gosh, those little yellow flats Em has on are to die for!!! How Adorbs.

  9. seriously adore her dress and the whole theme, so cute. what a fabulous send off! good luck with the move!!

  10. Happy third birthday, Em! I love the cake & the bee theme is adorable!

    Good luck on your move!


  11. So sweet! What a great theme. Happy Birthday Em!

  12. I'll miss you a ton!

  13. Adorable birthday pics! Sending you big wishes as you take off on a new adventure! I'm excited for you all to venture into a new place, and look forward to reading about it.

    Em's peep toe shoes!?! Speechless, I want!

  14. I cannot believe she is 3. How did that happen?

    The party looks great, and that cake is amazing!

  15. love the dress (Em is so cute!), love the cake and LOVE the smores on a stick. Please send the mores to Baltimore!

  16. SHUT UP, what an adorable party!!!

    Happy Birthday to your adorable girl!