Three-year-old favorites

18 January 2019

We officially have a three-year-old! June’s party was on Saturday, and though I hope she looks back on it fondly… it was a bit of a disaster from my perspective. Not for any logistical reasons (everything went smoothly!), but because the birthday girl herself was battling a cold and spent most of the party overwhelmed, clinging to me instead of playing with her friends (and we only invited five!).

I know this is not unusual — as my father-in-law said, probably 80% of three-year-olds are overwhelmed at their birthday parties — but it’s safe to say I don’t think we’ll be throwing a party next year. Maybe we’re an every-other-year-party kind of family :)

The details did turn out pretty cute, though! I particularly loved the individual trays for cupcake decorating. Here’s a peek:

Pro tip: the pink tablecloth was inexpensive from Amazon, so not precious, and so easy to throw in the wash versus toss like we would a paper or plastic one. I know we’ll use it for many occasions to come!

Okay — on to the things June is loving these days!

— This bead set has been a favorite many months running! (June is actually wearing one of her creations in the photo above!) She has strung and re-strung those beads a zillion times. This is one of my go-to birthday party gifts, too.
— The bee backpack is currently being used as a dance bag, but she loves packing her activities in it for car trips, too! And now that she is into playing school, it gets toted around our house most evenings, as well.
— Since Shep has taken up residence in the pack and play, June’s on-the-go bed is this inflatable mattress. We use these foam bumpers in her big girl bed at home.
— June is v. v. into matching games right now, and is WAY better than almost anyone who challenges her. The illustrations on this set and this set are both beautiful!
— If you’ve seen this cleaning set over and over again, there’s a reason — I’ve never met a kiddo who wasn’t drawn to it! I love that June can ACTUALLY help clean with it, and she loves to do so.
— We don’t have this exact play kitchen (ours was a hand-me-down from a neighbor), but it probably gets the most mileage of all of our toys, and I think it will for years to come! We have it in the kitchen so we can cook alongside each other :)
— All unicorns all the time: these unicorn sheets on her bed and this purple pony tucked under her arm (Mama love that she ticks all the little girl boxes but is not hideous!).
— Two books we’re loving right now: this sweet ballet story (I love the illustrations!) and this cool spotting book.
— This petite tea set was a Christmas gift, and along with this treat set, has provided many afternoons of entertainment already.
— We got a pink tulle dress from Old Navy as part of June’s Halloween costume, and it has been in heavy rotation ever since. It doesn’t look like it’s still available, but this one is almost identical (though admittedly more expensive!).
— June’s show of choice these days: The Star on Netflix. It has made her a very big fan of Mary.
— To end on a practical note: this little potty seat makes things much more comfortable for a small person!

Stay tuned – I have a post in the pipeline sharing Shep’s favorites from the first six months! We used and loved many of the same things as we did with June, but found a few new gems this time around :)

P.S. If you’re looking for most of my past kiddo picks in one easy place, I’ve organized them more neatly here!

Past family favorites:
The first six weeks
Five months
Eight months
One year
Fifteen months
Twenty one months
Two-and-a-half years

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January 18, 2019 7:52 am

I love the idea of purchasing an inexpensive tablecloth to reuse over and over! Cloth > disposable any day! Happy Birthday month to sweet June! :)

January 18, 2019 8:04 am

Love all these ideas!!! We are expecting baby #2 in March, so pre-emptively bought the same inflatable toddler bed for our 2.5 year old. We have yet to try it out yet though. When did you transition June from her crib to a big girl bed? Looking for all the tips!!!

Kelly Strawberry
January 18, 2019 9:27 am

So sad June was feeling under the weather for her party. Such a cute party! I have not done a birthday party other than just a family dinner for the past 3 years. Cam gets overwhelmed at parties and tends to stick pretty close to me too, even though he is very social at school.

Maybe an idea for future parties…The mom of Cam’s best friend at school, Clark, invite Cam over to their house for Clark’s 3rd birthday party in November. I don’t really know the family outside of day care, but the mom said I could just drop Cam off at their house and I felt comfortable with that. Clark was the birthday boy, but Cam was their “special guest of honor.” He had lunch with Clark’s family and then the two of them played at his house until I picked him up a couple hours later. It was the HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR, let me tell you! Cam still talks about eating “pizza, salad, and cake at Clark’s house” months later, LOL! I think it helped that I didn’t stay, and Clark’s family didn’t feel like they had to invite me, which would have been a little more pressure for them. It worked out great for everyone!

January 21, 2019 9:16 am

Sweet girl! I’m so sorry to hear she was sick for her party, but it looks like it was darling nonetheless!

Always love seeing June’s just-a-few-steps-ahead-of-Charlie favorites! He loved The Star and uh, you could say we are also big fans of Mary, haha!! ;)

January 24, 2019 8:27 pm
Reply to  Em

Haha, awww! Everyone can totally love her!

January 21, 2019 2:30 pm

Aw sorry sweet June – such a lovely party, sweet mama x

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