The last couple of birthday parties I planned were for the Happy Buddy and by ‘planned’ I mean I pinned a bunch of amazing ideas and then emailed them to my mom who made it all happen. My mom is awesome and can do anything.
For the Happy Baby, I didn’t want to have a big fussy party (plus, we couldn’t afford it), so just a few simple things came together for a really sweet turtle-themed ‘shell’-abration.
The phrase ‘valiant effort’ kept running through my noggin’ as I looked at my handiwork and then at the beautiful turtle cakes I had pinned HERE.
She got the recipe from HERE and totally nailed it!!
The rest of the party food was all stuff I pulled out of my pantry at the last second. Chips and salsa, nuts, pretzels, and random boxes of raisins (turtle turds, I guess??? :-)).
I picked up these cute tin boxes from the Target Dollar Spot for party favors and filled them with leftover Easter grass and super simple turtle candies (recipe HERE).
All of the cousins worked on a fun paper plate turtle craft (idea from HERE), but I totally forgot to get photos of it.
I like this one – as if he is contemplating whether or not he should go for it.
To smash? Or not to smash?
You might be wondering why we did turtles… Whenever anyone asks me about how the Happy Baby is doing, I always respond with, “Slow and steady!” This sweet little 1-year-old is in no rush. He does things at his own pace. He reminds me to slow down – to rest in the little, daily blessings and victories God gives.
And that, my friends, is the recipe for winning the race!
Happy Birthday Party for the Happy Baby-ing!