I spent a good part of Saturday morning hanging a ton of streamers in the dining room. I wanted it to feel enchanted. Thankfully the blue painters tape held overnight and only 2 streamers had fallen by morning!
I added balloons, paper lanterns, and tissue paper poofs around the chandelier.
While the girls arrived, they started working on cereal necklaces. They strung Fruit Loops (a delicacy in our house) and multigrain Cheerios onto elastic meant for jewelry. To stop them from falling off the end, I clipped a small binder clip on the end of the string. They would have done this for 45 minutes I think but I wanted them to eat the pancakes while they were still warm...
That's my little man Alex working on his own cereal necklace!
After tying 8 square knots on the necklaces, we moved them into the dining room for pancakes and hot chocolate.
We had special toppings for the hot chocolate including graham cracker and oreo pieces and mini chocolate chips. And of course whip cream in a can! For the pancakes we had maple, strawberry, and blueberry syrups, as well as fresh fruit. I also had yogurt for them in a bowl on the side.
I think they felt very adult sitting in the dining room with coffee mugs!
Of course, curly straws and a cereal necklace snack ensured they were firmly in kid-ville!
After pancakes, they headed outside (it was almost 80 degrees at 10 a.m.!) so they could decorate a pillowcase. I bought the pillowcases in bulk on ebay and I already had the fabric paint from baby shower onesie decorating (more on that here)!
When they were done, they played outside on the swing set while I cleaned up. Then we came back inside for a candy hunt! Elizabeth had missed Easter at home while we were in London, so she really wanted to do it. We could have skipped it but she loved it! I made baskets for each of the girls from the dollar store. Each had their names on them and a little label
Finally, they came back in for my no-bake homemade cake (recipe to follow tomorrow).
By this point the girls were super sugared up but with only a few minutes to go, Elizabeth opened her presents. Total chaos but so much fun for the girls to see her open their hard-thought presents!
I also customized my winter wreath to greet Elizabeth's guests with some more ribbon and some "6"s cut out of card stock I had on hand.