March 1st, 2011
We celebrated my little boy's fourth birthday this past weekend--a week late. On his actual birthday we were all too sick, or if not sick then too crabby, to do much of anything. But this week we were better! We ventured out of the house! And we had a sledding party!
My son actually came up with the idea (is he secretly reading crafty blogs?) while we were in Hawaii oddly enough. And it seemed perfect: the sky had just dumped ridiculous amounts of snow on the midwest. But then we got back and it was 40 degrees and you could see the grass! In February! The day before the party it snowed a few fluffy inches, just enough to fly down the hill on. Thank you weather.
It was a small party, so making favors was a pleasure rather than a production. We made vanilla marshmallows, which we packaged in waxed paper bags all prettied up with snowflakes. I doubled my friend Lily's recipe for hot cocoa mix only used regular sugar and threw in a few teaspoons of salt for good measure. Some of the hot cocoa mix went into jars I scrounged up and with the rest I made a vat of hot chocolate for the party. And then made a vat of whipped cream to go with it.
Obviously, I stole the tail gating idea from Courtney and actually I think this was the first time I've ever even been to a tail gate party. Not a lot of sports fans in the family. It is awesome (if you didn't know). And it is super awesome for a little kid's party. They just come and go when they please, while you help yourself to another spoonful of whipped cream in your coffee. dontmindifIdo.
Slowly everyone's toes froze and it was time to go home. But before that there was much sledding and snacking and frosting on faces. I say it was a success and my big four year old boy says so too.