We celebrated Stella’s 4th Birthday at the park “Under the Sea” style including a visit from a very special guest, The Little Mermaid herself, Princess Ariel. Unlike her musical debut, Ariel actually showed up on time…LOL. Of course, Stella had a wonderful time with all of her friends from play group and school. We had a “tattoo parlor” and some great re-usable snack bags John’s mom made by hand as favors. So nice of her! We thought something that reduced plastic possibly getting out to sea worked well for the theme. They came out so perfectly cute. I filled them with some Pirate’s Booty, Tropical Fruit Snacks and a chocolate covered macadamia treat.
John really outdid himself on the food and it was fantastic. He made smoked pulled pork sandwiches on Hawaiian rolls with an array of homemade BBQ sauces, braised chicken, homemade mac (shells) and cheese rounded out with asian slaw salad and watermelon. For dessert, instead of making cupcakes as planned we got an Ariel cake from the grocery store. It was a bit of a fail in that the brown sugar that was supposed to be sand on the cake had liquified. Birthday girl did not notice though. I also made some cute clam shell with chocolate pearl cookies to round things out.
After lunch our very special guest, Princess Ariel came and spent about an hour with the kids reading her story, answering many, many questions, applying eye shadow and posing for photos. She brought a cute little crown for Stella which she presented during the cake ceremony. All in all a great party with friends and family and some gorgeous weather. I cannot believe Stella is FOUR! Here are some photos.