The Magic of Care-a-Lot, In the Comfort of Your Own Home

Happy Fall, ya’ll! It is gray and rainy and colder and just absolutely beautiful in every way here in Seattle. 🙂

Speaking of beautiful, this past weekend we celebrated Zoey’s third birthday in lovely Care Bear style.

Zoey and Grandpa (his birthday is 2 days after hers). Props to Zach for thinking of making Zoey wear shorts under her dress. Very. Good. Idea.
Zoey and Grandpa (his birthday is 2 days after hers). Props to Zach for thinking of making Zoey wear shorts under her dress. Very. Good. Idea.

I spent a couple hours the day before prepping all the food so that there would be minimal work to do on the day of the party.

Rainbow platter of fruit and yogurt pretzels. Care Bears love rainbows, you know. And pretzels.
Rainbow platter of fruit and yogurt pretzels. Care Bears love rainbows, you know. And pretzels.
You can never have too many rainbows. Or too much fruit, with toddlers around.
You can never have too many rainbows. Or too much fruit, with toddlers around.
Caprese bites...yum! And the adorable, twee birdcage cupcake tower was later loaded down with tiny toddler-fist sized potpies.
Caprese bites…yum! And the adorable, twee birdcage cupcake tower was later loaded down with tiny toddler-fist sized potpies.
Birthday Bear! Grandma is super talented at making birthday cakes.
Birthday Bear! Grandma is super talented at making birthday cakes.

Kelsie drew an awesome sketch of a Care Bear on poster board for me. Unfortunately, she allowed me to be the one to color it. My artistic abilities being what they are, Birthday Bear ended up looking like he’d been in a bar fight the night before and ended up with two black eyes.

We used this amazing drawing of combined artistic abilities (ahem) to play “Pin the Belly On the Care Bear.”

Utilizing Zach to demonstrate how the game works.
Utilizing Zach to demonstrate how the game works.

Yes, I was wearing fairy wings. For a significant portion of the party. It just happened, okay? Stop judging me!

Care Bear Stare! Only, you know, blindfolded.
Care Bear Stare! Only, you know, blindfolded.

There were, of course, goodie bags for the party goers. I put Care Bear stickers on a rainbow of bags, then filled them with Care Bear coloring sheets. The bags then became loot receptacles for all the goodies that came out of the pinata.

I put Care Bear stickers on a rainbow of goodie bags and filled them printouts of Care Bear coloring sheets.

Trying to explain how the pinata works to a room full of 2 and 3 year olds. Might as well have just used my head to bust it open.
Trying to explain how the pinata works to a room full of 2 and 3 year olds. Might as well have just used my head to bust it open.

That’s right, I said pinata. With two and three year olds. In a very small, crowded room. No, I’m not crazy, and no, no one made a trip to the ER. No children were harmed in the production of this birthday party. This genius mama found a pinata that came with an adapter kit. Instead of clubbing each other the pinata to death with a bat, the kiddos took turns yanking on ribbons attached to the bottom of the pinata. Most were just taped on and came off in the kids’ hands, but on each end of the rainbow one ribbon opened a trap door and released the goods. I filled it with sparkly rainbow colored temporary tattoos, tiny containers of playdoh, fruit snacks and those awesome stretchy rubber slappy hands we all used to get from vending machines at Pizza Hut after our big brother’s little league games. You know what I’m talking about.

Baby's first (modified) pinata
Baby’s first (modified) pinata

Of course, no Care Bear party would be complete without some actual Care Bears. I had a handful of vintage, poseable Care Bear figurines from my childhood (complete with the Cloud Mobile because I’m 80’s acca-awesome like that). I found a bunch more on Etsy so Zoey now has a full collection to play with (including duplicate Birthday and Grams Bears, the Cloud Keeper and Professor Cold Heart). Baby Tugs

Zach told Zoey, “This Funshine Bear came to live with me as a little boy. He’s been waiting in Care-a-Lot for a long time and now he wanted to come live with you.” The party then halted for awhile while we cleaned the melted mess of my heart up off the floor.

Zoey & Funshine Bear

Ellie heartily approves of Funshine Bear joining the family.
Ellie heartily approves of Funshine Bear joining the family.

There were a million more moments of pure, rainbow drenched adorableness at this party but I think you’ve suffered through enough toddler birthday photos. I’ll leave you with one last cute one while I go try to wrap my head around the fact that I have a three year old!

World's cutest toddler cowgirl boots from Zach's parents. Seriously. I can't even handle it.
World’s cutest toddler cowgirl boots from Zach’s parents. Seriously. I can’t even handle it.

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