The Saturday following her third birthday, we held a "friends" party for her at the local swimming pool. We had a room reserved that opened to the swimming pool, only to find out when we showed up that there was a screw-up with the reservations and the room we booked was double booked and we weren't going to be able to use it. GREAT - total Seinfeld episode where Jerry and Elaine show up to get the car they reserved and they don't have any car and Jerry says that he has a reservation and the lady behind the counter says, "we have the reservation but no car" and Jerry says "You know how to take a reservation, but you don't know how to hold a reservation." This is EXACTLY what happened.
Well, they put us (or tried to put us) in a board room with a ton of junk and no room for fun - and the invites specifically stated that there would be pizza, cake and fun. So, I talked them into letting us have an open children's gym with a ballet bar, play mats and a large mirror instead. They set up a few tables that they had and some chairs and we covered everything with table cloths and balloons. It worked out pretty well.
Strawberry cupcakes, Natalie's 3 candle cake, and two layer strawberry cake
Mermaid chips and salsa
Mermaids get thirsty :)
Birthday girl in her birthday shirt
Gift table for the kids who came to the table
Singing Happy Birthday
New bike for the 3-year-old
Other than having to take two 1/2 days off work to complete all the handmade items, I'd say our first outside of our home party was a success! All worth it for that sweet little girl!