Donut Grow Up! Goldie Turns 3 and Finally Gets a Birthday Party.

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With my girls being 5 days (and four years, but that is irrelevant when it comes to birthday celebrations) apart, Goldie has never gotten a proper birthday celebration. Because I know better than to think she actually would remember eating leftover cake while holding a 4 day old balloon from her big sister's Pinterest-worthy party (you may remember THIS crazy undertaking from a couple years back).

But this year, Alexa requested a gymnastics party at her gym- which is plug & play and couldn't be easier. So, I felt like it was time to roll up my sleeves, procure the email addresses of Goldie's friends' parents, and throw a party in our playroom like I had done for Lex many times before.

Goldie's favorite thing in the world is ballet- but I wanted a more gender-neutral theme. The only thing that Goldie loves equally as much as ballet? A donut. Or, more accurately, many donuts.

Donut Grow Up became the theme- partly because I can't resist a pun, and partly because I couldn't think of an easier way to decorate our basement than blowing up a ton of giant donut floats and calling it a day.

We covered up the toy storage cubbies with donut-covered plastic tablecloths (a trick learned from parties of the past- way less distractions and wayyyy less mess), rented 2 rectangular toddler-height tables and 18 chairs, and otherwise, everything came from Amazon and Etsy (shoppable links in captions in case you ever have a hankering to throw a similar celebration).

A few favorite details are below...

 An inflatable donut- with GOLDIE written across the top using my beloved sparkle stickers- greeted guests in place of a wreath. Oh- and the doormat is always a hit- I got it  here .

An inflatable donut- with GOLDIE written across the top using my beloved sparkle stickers- greeted guests in place of a wreath. Oh- and the doormat is always a hit- I got it here.

 To balance out the actual donuts, we served sliced apples with cream cheese- we whipped a giant block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese from Costco with skim milk to make it all fluffy, and added pastel food coloring, topped with rainbow sprinkles. 

To balance out the actual donuts, we served sliced apples with cream cheese- we whipped a giant block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese from Costco with skim milk to make it all fluffy, and added pastel food coloring, topped with rainbow sprinkles. 

 Throw-away party favors annoy me endlessly- so we affixed $5 Dunkin Donuts gift cards to  these insanely inexpensive squishies .

Throw-away party favors annoy me endlessly- so we affixed $5 Dunkin Donuts gift cards to these insanely inexpensive squishies.

 Inflatables procured by the dozen  here , and  these  grouped-to-go donut paper goods made setting the table simple.

Inflatables procured by the dozen here, and these grouped-to-go donut paper goods made setting the table simple.

 You can find ANYTHING on  Etsy , including  this  easy-to-inflate foil balloon wall hanging and a  ballet tutu outfit  with a gold "three" in the front (I got Alexa a "seven" version but she wouldn't wear it, so...)

You can find ANYTHING on Etsy, including this easy-to-inflate foil balloon wall hanging and a ballet tutu outfit with a gold "three" in the front (I got Alexa a "seven" version but she wouldn't wear it, so...)