My 'baby' turned three last weekend. He is OBSESSED with duckies. So much so that I last summer I drove 12 hours across two states to take him to the Duck Races in Idaho Falls. I knew he would love it.
So when it came to choosing a theme for his birthday party, the choice was obvious.
Sorry about the less than stellar pictures. It was a very late in the afternoon before everything came together.
A few weeks ago Leo had picked out that ceramic Ducky at Goodwill for his prize. He was so excited he insisted on carrying it out of the store. I was sure he was going to drop it and break it. He was very careful with his special big ducky, though. I put it up high in the kitchen and everyday he asked me to get it down so he could pat it and give it a kiss. What a sweet, silly, boy.
The smaller duckies are ball themed, which is another favorite of Leo's. He could not have happier. The duckies hanging from the light fixture are bubbles. They came from the dollar store and made great take home gifts for his cousins. (We just had famiy over.) The paper goods came from Target.
I love that three year old's are so easy to please. This is all I did for decorations. He loved that there were balloons hanging in the door.
The craziest thing I did was make a pinata for him. I wouldn't recommend it. It is well worth the $25 a store bought one costs, but the boys saw Curious George make a pinata and asked is we could make one. It did turn out cute. I'll share pictures of the process in a few days.
I was going to make a flat cake in the shape of a ducky, but a few days before his birthday I was in a nursery picking up some seeds and saw this darling ducky watering can. It was only $6. I knew Leo would love it and it would make the cake amazing without much work.
I made a chocolate cake and frosted it in swirls with peanut butter-cream frosting. I also tried out marshmallow fondant for the first time and used it to add "bubbles" to the water. I love how easy it was to make and to work with. It actually tastes good too. I used this recipe except I left out the corn syrup and added vegetable glycerine instead. From what I've heard that glycerine makes all the difference.
The kids always love cupcakes, so I also make a batch of vanilla cupcakes.