We celebrated Kassidy's birthday on May 6th, when cousins were with their parents so the kids could play together. Where it is only Kassidy's third birthday we just planned to have a laid back family birthday party. However, we somehow gave ourselves a lot of projects to do in order to be ready for the party on Saturday...
The main project that comes with any of the kids' birthdays is making a cake. Kassidy decided WEEKS ago that she would have a triceratops cake, and there was no changing her mind however I might try. I finally decided that making a triceratops silhouette would be acceptable. Then, because I seem to try something brand new with every cake, I made marshmallow fondant for the first time and made dinosaurs out of the fondant. These are a few of her most commonly talked about dinosaurs.
The main dinosaur would of course be the triceratops. I also played with a new cake decorating tip that my parents got me and that is what made all the orange stars. Kassidy picked out the pink and blue beads and decided she wanted white frosting, but a rainbow of colors, which gives some insight into the seemingly random colors chosen.
The other big project we had that I didn't take pictures of was that we decided it would be fun to set up our downstairs family room with the surround sound system and projector and watch a movie for Kassidy's birthday. Since she loves dinosaurs, we watched The Good Dinosaur, and ate Papa Murphy's pizzas (her favorite food). This was a much bigger project than we gave ourselves time to accomplish and Papa Bennett and Steve put in a lot of hours Friday night and Saturday to get it done. However, listening to all the kids giggle together, and sitting on our used sectional we recently got for that space while looking at a room full of family watching a movie in OUR basement - an awesome moment for me today...
After the movie and pizza we came upstairs to open presents. Here is our birthday Triceratops excitedly running around with her balloons and happily wearing her "dinosaur skeleton" shirt.
Her last gift was the giant rainbow triceratops my parents got her, and she immediately started playing with the two triceratops together - almost like we discussed she would.
Don't you love when you inadvertently coordinate gifts? So here is our little ginger with her rainbow triceratops next to the picture of the little ginger girl leading her rainbow triceratops!
After presents we got right on to cake as it was way later than we had originally planned for. Kassidy held her two triceratops the whole time and happily started the birthday song to herself again.
And that wrapped up our party. All in all, I think it was a big success for our little dino-lover. Kassidy tries our patience, but she is also so spunky, hilarious, and loving. She is exceptionally bright and I love her original and creative way of looking at things. We sure love our little Triceratops! Happy birthday, Kass!