I'm daughter to Lissie, sister to Jess, wife to Brien, mom to Hannah, Lily and Eleanor. I am a stay at home mom to my girls, and my free time is dedicated to gardening (I confess I'm still a novice and look to Lissie and Jess for advice), baking and cooking, and card making. I'm doing my part to make the earth a bit greener, trying hard to avoid processed foods and HFCS, and find the "slow food" movement intriguing and inspiring. I love visits to my local farmers' market, fresh produce, reading, getting out in nature, and spending time with my family.


Catholic, homeschooler, lover of books and great wine and an amateur gardening addict.


I'm Melissa aka "Lissie", mother of Rachael and Jessica, and grandmother to a passel of the sweetest children on the planet. I'm a semi-retired public educator and professor who works from home for a small publisher. I am a lover of all things beautiful ... flowers, the mountains, nature scenes, the innocent faces of children, and my rock and fossil collection, to name a few. I enjoy shopping at the farmers' market for fresh foods and then experimenting with new recipes. Good food and good wine delight me. I love to travel so my suitcase is always packed. Like my daughters, I take pleasure in simple things ... clothes drying on the line, tomatoes so fresh they are still hot from the sun, good books, and interesting movies. I'd like to know everything before I die.
Birthday Party

Ella's third birthday is coming up in a few weeks and we are going to have a simple party here at our house for her. My neighbor's two children, Josie and Zack - ages 7 and 9 - have been delighted to help me plan the day. They've been to lots of parties so I figure they are the experts. What has struck me about their suggestions is that none of them involve expensive equipment or an outside venue. Zack insisted we bob for apples and Josie pleaded for musical chairs. They both think a pinata is a fabulous idea. They also suggested getting out the wading pool and having the sprinklers on in one part of the yard, with Ella's roller coaster/ride on toy in the midst of the sprinkler showers. This all sounds easy enough to do and fun as well. I am also hoping to have a craft for the kids, I am still looking around for something simple that will be appealing to a wide range of ages.

It was brought to my attention that party favors for the guests are a nice touch. I don't remember this from my childhood, is this a new thing? Anyway, I think I am going to try and make a couple of the favors myself. My sister has handmade the birthday invites, so the least I can do is try and make a few party favors. I have found directions for star ball streamers (in Earthways) that look fun and usable. I may have the children paint tiny terracotta pots or give them pots to fill with soil and plant a seed in. What do you think?

We are going to be using Ella's birthday ring for the first time and I am excited to start this new family tradition. (The birthday ring is conveniently used as our Advent spiral during the winter holidays as well!). I will be sure to post pics after the fact. I sure do wish Lissie and Rach could be here to celebrate with us.



Holly said...

Sounds like a fun party! We had Adeline's 3rd birthday in Rock Creek Park and similarly didn't plan too many things to do knowing that 3-year-olds mostly just want to run around. We bought some giant coloring books, markers, and crayons for a coloring station and also brought lots of bubbles, balls, and some hula hoops. The kids moved between activities as they wanted, and everyone had a really nice time. I love the idea of decorating a flower pot and planting seeds - the kids will love that!

Every party I went to as a kid had a favor bag (usually stickers, little notebooks, candy, etc.), so maybe it's a regional thing.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you have already had the party - or maybe not. Here is what we did for a pinata when the kids were little. Those things are kind of expensive so we made our own. Now, I had delusions of paper mache over a balloon and all sorts of craftiness. What my kids loved, however, was decorating a paper bag - a plain old grocery bag. That got out paint and markers and stickers and went to town!!! We rigged up the bag with a string (it almost always fell apart before being beaten apart) and away they went. The guests thought it was great that the kids made their OWN PINATA. And, the big fuss is about the fun stuff inside more than the pinata itself.

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