Jun 04


A few weeks ago, my baby turned three. Not so much of a baby anymore. Although you wouldn’t know it by the incessant amount of hardcore whining, fit-throwing, diaper-wearing, milk-drinking that still goes on around here. But she does do her fair amount of “big girl” things as well. Like wearing big girl pants all day. Or sleeping in her big girl bed.

For her birthday, she wanted a little mermaid party. Easy enough. I put on my party-planning shoes and whipped up some super simple invites. They were supposed to look like a mermaid tail, but I’m not so sure that’s obvious.

For the party, we planned a swim at the YMCA, dinner, cake and digging for seashells in the new sandbox she got for her birthday.

And the kids got beta fish as party favors. She named hers Flounder and surprisingly, she is still alive. Even though Lilah wants to feed it about a dozen times a day.

The cake was fairly simple to make. Turned out kinda sloppy, but Lilah never noticed. I bought the topper and the little sugar flowers at Cake Stuff and had no major problems, aside from the incident where Lilah stuck her little fingers into it the first time she saw it.

Her birthday party landed on Mother’s Day, so we were also celebrating that. My SIL, Jenny, and I decided it would be a great idea to have a portrait taken of the four grandchildren and give it to my mom. We took the kids to Portrait Innovations and it was NIGHTMARE. That’s all I will say about that. Any more details, and I’d need to start another post. However, the photo turned out great and Mom loved it – so mostly worth it.

Happy Birthday, Lilah! Here’s to many, many more years of giggles! Love you!



  1. Michelle says:

    Happy Birthday baby girl!! Excited to see what you’re next year will bring! Love you, Auntie Shell :)

  2. Lee says:

    I would love a tutorial on the mermaid invite……..just perfect!

  3. Adriene says:

    LOVE that last pic of Lilah. Totally captures her feisty personality.

  4. Kristine says:

    I love those invitations!!! I am throwing a Mermaid Party also for my 4 year old & wonder if there’s a tutorial to make those invites or if you sell them? Thanks!!!

  5. Alexine LaSala says:

    I love the invitations! Where did you get them? Did you design them yourself?

  6. Roxanne says:

    Love the invites…planning a baby shower in the fall- do you ever sell these on Esty?

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