When my daughter turned one, I knew I wanted to have a “girly” kind of party with pink and green being the featured colors. But, her birthday is in December. December birthday’s are tough because you are not only dealing with the weather (so you really can’t plan anything outside), but also the holidays. So, before picking a party theme, I thought the best thing to do would be to find a venue first. That tactic turned out to be the best way to go! I found a local carousel that was set up for parties and tons of kid fun! I was able to bring in all my own food and decorations and between the actual carousel, the bounce house on site and little coin operated machines, the entertainment was taken care of!
So, I found the venue, now to come up with a theme that had something to do with a carousel… And it came to me! One of my all time favorite scenes in Mary Poppins was the whimsical carousel scene and a theme was born. The carousel horses were there of course. In the movie there are lots of beautiful sidewalk chalk drawings… So, I made a chalk board detailing all the growing my baby girl had done throughout the year… I then added chalk boards as the party favors and had the kids use them as food place mats to keep them busy as they waited for the pizza to arrive. I didn’t have dancing penguins, but I did make penguin centerpieces. Instead of traditional party hats, I got cute top hats for the boys just like Dick Van Dike wore and cute little maid hats just like Julie Andrews wore. And the centerpiece of the decor was the cake that was dolled up in hand painted stripes to reflect Julie Andrews’ dress in the carousel scene and of course two tiny sterling silver spoons that I sugared to adorn the cake.
As for the party food, I kept things really simple. I made a couple of finger sandwiches I thought would be great for the adults, Chouriço & Peppers sandwiches, Caçoila sandwiches, Lebanese meat pies and (ordered) pizza were the main courses… A salad, some pop corn and chips and a pasta salad for sides… and individual crudettés were the appetizers.