Because the weather wasn't cooperating, Tate's second choice (to a sledding party) was a baking party.
We invited five of her girlfriends over for an afternoon of baking... and eating, of course.
I set the table for five little chefs, re-using a lot of what we already had. Baby food jars for jam take homes, bright rubber spatula's as a centerpiece, glass milk bottles from leftover starbucks frapps, cutting boards and pyrex dishes as decoration. Anyway, turns out a baking party is perfect because all the themed decorations you could ever want are in your kitchen.
After getting some ideas here, we decided on a chocolate dipped strawberry station, homemade jam station, and cookie decorating station.
All were a hit, and the girls especially like mashing up all the strawberries for the jam.
(I accidentally set my camera to "scene" and not a good one, because from here out, all the pictures are grainy.... argh!)
Anna, Olivia, Gabi, Tate, and Avery. These five were a hoot to watch interact.
Laughing and giggling about anything, admiring their disposable aprons, commenting on how they saw real cute aprons at TJ Maxx the other day... "oh, my mom goes there", one said after.
It was hilarious. Tate is so lucky to have such fun little friends.
Mashing up the strawberries. We used this recipe. It seemed the simplest.
It turned out delicious!
She blew out her candle... there was some awkward silence, and then Wyatt and I laughed about how they might still need some parent interaction encouraging them what's next:)
The day ended with the tired chefs throwing off their hats & aprons and lettin' loose!
These two, oh boy.