Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Butterfly Party

This is the party that started the annual tradition of “a party for no reason at all”.
The Butterfly Party was born out of my daughter’s desire for an outdoor birthday party (her b-day is mid-Dec.) and my need to find fun things to do to fill the summer days. I agreed that we could invite a few friends over but made sure my daughter (and her guests) understood that this was NOT a birthday party and no gifts we to be exchanged. My daughter is very girly but not has never been into princesses or fairies. Being that I love butterflies a theme was hatched (no pun intended).

Before the party the kids and I cut out and coloured butterflies to hang around the yard. We also got busy baking for the party. The cake was inspired by a few I had seen on the internet.


Ingredients:

  • 2 - 8” round cakes
  • icing - your choice of colour
  • 1 - Twix bar (2 pieces)
  • Mini-Oreos
  • M&M-minis
  • 2 - full size Oreos
  • 1 - piece of licorice string 

 

Directions:

  1. Use two 8” round pans to form the wings. Trim them into a fat letter “C” to achieve the shape.
  2. Stack two Twix bars on top of each other for the body. 
  3. Decorate the wings with Mini-Oreo cookies, each topped with an M&M-mini to make it colourful (held on with a dollop of icing). 
  4. Stack 2 full size Oreo cookies on top of each other to form the head.
  5. Use the icing from the middle of two Mini-Oreos to make the eyes. Place another M&M-mini on each for the iris.
  6. Cut and stick 2 x 3” pieces of grape liquorice string to make the antenna. 

Because my daughter doesn’t actually like cake (I know, weird) I always have fruit and cookies on hand at parties. I made up a batch of simple sugar cookies, cut them into rounds and my kids had fun decorating them with gumdrops and pieces of liquorice string to make them look like butterflies.


When the guests arrived they were all given a pair of butterfly wings to wear at the party. They each made a set of butterfly antennae using hair bands, beads, and pipe cleaners that were all purchased at the dollar store. 


I always find it amazing how you can give kids the same supplies but end up with completely unique end-results. I also chuckle at how some kids take their time and meticulously work on their project while others just rush to get it done. As long as they have fun, I don’t care a bit.



My goal is to keep it simple and have a good time with the kids and any of the parents who choose to stay. It really was a spur of the moment decision to throw this party but the tradition and fun lives on every summer. I can’t wait to see what this summer brings. 


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