Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Scottish Themed Bagpipe Birthday Party

It all started, over the summer, when father and daughter stumbled upon 3 veteran bagpipers practicing in a local park. Charlotte was mesmerized when they played,"Amazing Grace". She couldn't stop talking about it. She made her Papa pretend to BE bagpipes while sing-piping "Amazing Grace". We downloaded the song from iTunes. She listens to it constantly. A birthday theme was born.
In our tribute to Scotland for Charlotte's Bagpiping 3rd Birthday, gobs of plaid were worn, Scottish flags of St. Andrew's Cross were flown, shortbread cookies were eaten, our Scottish Terrier ran wild while wellies were thrown and Robert Burns was mentioned while our bagpipe theme song played in the background.

Since we just moved and many boxes are still unpacked, I could not find our printer or blue construction paper. However, I did have 3 Scotch-brite scrubbing pads, ribbon and glue. Here's Charlotte's crafty birthday banner...
We also enjoyed black licorice scotty dog candy from Trader Joe's...
and our own version of Fisherman's Pie for dinner. I considered making tablet, but we're trying to avoid solid sugar food!
Charlotte received a muff from Grandma, who watched her open it via skype. (She hasn't stopped wearing it since.)
Henry slept the whole time.

We participated in a traditional Scottish game called Welly Throwing. Here's how you play:
Take a pair of Wellington rain boots outside.
Throw them.
Enjoy the fun.

Happy 3rd Birthday, Charlotte. I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always. And may all your days be filled with the sweet sounds of bagpipes.


Danielle said...

Can it be...two posts in a week...and I can see your face:0) Yipee!

Love the theme,the banner;-),the muffler!!!

Is there really such a thing as welly throwing!?!??!

Happy Birthday Charlotte!

Jamie @ Bungalow Bee said...

Wow, you're creative! Those sponges cracked me up :) I'm glad Charlotte had a good birthday!

simplebeauty said...

Happy Birthday to you Miss Charlotte! What a great birthday party and theme you had!

God bless you and all of your three year old glory :O)

casch said...

Oh the "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always" brought tears to my eyes!! Always will.

I loved being a part of her birthday party and a part of her life, she is my precious girl!

You always have such creative themes for her parties~I wonder if you will ever run out of ideas!

I know our Charlotte had a wonderful day, with all the grandparents in attendance in one way or another.

G. R. said...

We enjoyed the snype visit with MissC on her birthday. I am sure she enjoyed the Welly toss. She seems to be having a blast.

casch said...

Has she taken her furry hat off yet?

Jamie @ Bungalow Bee said...

The cold Amelia has is definitely not from Charlotte! Since my nephew started Kindergarten he's been a walking petry dish...seems like Anna (his baby sister) is always sick. He loves on the babies and even though we bug him not to get in their faces, he always does (I mean, constantly). I don't think we'll be able to go to Oregon for a while without expecting to bring new illnesses back with us :)

I hope Charlotte is feeling better!

Mary Child said...

Diane! I am ashamed it has taken me so long to start reading other people's blogs again, but how fun these posts are that I've missed!

What an adorable party (for an equally adorable girl); she is so lucky to have such a creative Mama, and two such devoted parents. And, hooray for Skype!!! I'm so glad that you will be able to stay close to the fam in CA via skype.

It's great to hear that you already have a few friends in Seattle, and that you are easing into your new life up there. I'm sure you will love Washington; what an exciting new chapter in your life together!

Henry is SO CUTE I can't stand it! I can't imagine how hard it must be on the grandparents to be so many miles from your two beautiful kids... thank goodness for skype!

I love the family photo of you guys at Pike's place- how cute! It's so great to hop on your blog today and see your smiling faces Diane. Happy late birthday to Charlotte, and give everyone a big hug for me!

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