Our party on Thursday was wonderful. I picked a Splash Pad nearby to have it, so I didn’t have to come up with entertainment. All the kids played in the water and it was perfect. I borrowed a shade tent from my friend for a little shade and set up shop inside with over 200 cupcakes and 400 Otterpops (which are basically popsicles in a plastic tube instead of on a stick) and a giant jug of pink lemonade. I added a dozen pink balloons so partygoers could find the cupcakes and that was about it for preparation. Easy Peasy. I wish I would have taken more pictures. But I was busy talking to my friends who stopped by, and I kind of forgot. Why do I always do that. Lame. And I’ve decided something. I think I prefer Pinkalicious Parties to Birthday parties… No one kid is the center of attention, and that makes everyone happier. Nobody has the me/mine/my birthday monster sitting on their shoulders and everyone can just enjoy the party for what it is. It’s a party for the sole reason of having one. And I don’t do that enough. Anyway, here’s a few pictures from the day. I can’t wait for next year.
Just a few of the over 200 cupcakes. After the party was over I carried a tray of cupcakes around the part handing them out to anyone who wanted one. With my pink hair I looked just like Strawberry Shortcake. And I was easy to spot for the kids who missed me the first time around. I can just imagine their friends telling them “yeah, that lady with pink hair is giving away cupcakes. FOR FREE!” It was probably my favorite part of the whole party actually.
My best friend Linsey and her girls. She hosted last year’s Pinkalicious Party. And she loves pink as much as I do. (With 4 daughters how could she not!)
The genius at the Starburst factory who came up with the idea to sell bags of just pink starbursts is my idol.
His shirt says “tough boys wear pink.” I LOVE it!
So, my biggest reason to DIY: I had three friends bake a batch of cupcakes for me (Thank you Jessie My Neighbor, Rachel and Kim!) and I made the rest. And for over 200 cupcakes + frosting it cost less than 10 dollars. I used 7 boxed strawberry cake mixs, which are 88 cents at Walmart. If I had to BUY 200 cupcakes? Well I would have to have sponsors for the party. It was about $12 for the 400 popsicles, and about $3 for the pink lemonade mix. I spent another maybe $12 on ice and that was it. The polka dotted tablecloth is a thrifted sheet, as was the striped backdrop. So $35 total for my party. I think we had more than 100 people stop by through the course of the afternoon. And that is what I call a good party. It was perfect!
What with the party planning and all, I missed a few posts I had planned for this week… oops. I’ll save them for next year I guess. After the pinkalicious party was over I decided I was pretty much done doing anything for a while. Instead of finishing those last posts I laid on the floor of the living room and colored with Creamie for a few hours. It was fun. And more important. And that’s the great thing about pink week. I feel zero pressure from anyone to do something/finish that other thing/post something else. Because the whole thing is on my terms. And that means that terms can change without notice or explanation. And you guys are awesome enough that you let me do that. So thank you. And thanks for playing along this week. It has been really fun for me. I am so grateful for my internet (and real life) friends who indulge my love of pink things, cupcakes and parties.
Today is the last day to enter the Pink Week Giveaway. I’ll announce a winner tomorrow afternoon.