We started out the day with a special birthday breakfast - Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes with powdered sugar icing and sprinkles in lieu of the usual syrup.
After the diabetic coma had been lifted with lots of strong coffee, we then went to Abby's favorite place, Buckner Park, and brought along a Chick-fil-A picnic, also her favorite! Here she is playing in the splash pad with her daddy :).
The birthday party was later in the day and the menu consisted of your typical hamburgers, hotdogs, fruit, veggies, chips, and punch (nothing new), but food display was where I became inspired from my good ol' pinterest!
Rather than throwing some sliced veggies on a platter with dip in the middle, I found this genius idea to make individual veggie cups with ranch in the bottom of the cup! For the fruit, I came across this idea to serve them in waffle bowls rather than one large serving bowl.
I also came across the really fun way of serving baked potatoes! I baked some potatoes and laid them out with different toppings so people could customize their own. The leftover baked potatoes have since been sliced up, pan fried in a little butter, and topped with all those delicious toppings you see in the picture...dee-lish! I've decided pre-made baked potatoes are going to be a staple in our refrigerator since making these.
I got the recipe for the lemonade punch from my mother-in-law. It's just one can of frozen lemonade concentrate mixed with a 2-liter of Sierra Mist. I also borrowed the drink dispensers from her too...thanks, Holly! The other thing of punch was raspberry sherbet mixed with Sierra Mist and filled with lemon, orange, and grapefruit slices.
Of course no birthday party is complete without the birthday cake. So in honor of fulfilling Abby's desire to have a lemon cake, I used this recipe for delicious lemon cupcakes! Here's my cute little birthday girl with her cupcakes...
While I'm no expert party planner by any means, getting some creative inspiration from online turned out to make planning this party a lot of fun :). Happy party planning to you!