I really let Lily help me this time. I made myself uncomfortable and let her really do things. Like roll the marshmallows in the sprinkles. I was not totally comfortable with it. But I did it. And it made her so happy. And I am so glad I loosened up at least a little and got to spend some fun time with her.
For the food!!!
I tried to hold myself back.
I tried to not overwhelm myself with complicated baking that would frustrate me and take up tons of my time. Damn you Annie's Eats - you make it look so easy.
Plus the "bakery" area of my local Walmart always looks pretty darn good. I am a Target snob at heart, but my empty wallet forces me to become a Walmart shopper. And the bakery stuff is good. Promise. (But you must go to People of Walmart, I have submitted pictures of people I have seen before)
At the bakery section I got
Three kinds of mini cupcakes - red velvet, chocolate chip cookie, and chocolate. Pretty little things. $2.50 each kind for one dozen = $7
Three kinds of cookies - sugar cookies, chocolate chip dunkers, and mini snowballs.
$2 each = $6
I also got chocolate covered pretzels - because they look pretty. $3
Last I bought some fancy looking swiss rolls and cut them into fourths. $2.50
Brownie mix with chocolate icing $3.75
Cheez-it's for something salty $3.50
These weirdo little marshmallow candies called "Mallo-Licious" that are shaped like ice cream cones (Now that I actually write that they do seem a little weird) $2
Fruit - the watermelon looked good so I bought one and cut it is half to make a bowl. The rest of the fruit was just what ever looked good. Then I put the girls in charge of putting them onto toothpicks to make them look fancy. $16 total but we will be happy to eat the left overs
I made rice crispy treats and used a cookie cutter to cut them into flower shapes. Then I added a little bit of melted candy on top. But that wasn't enough so I pulled out my handy sprinkles and finished it off. $4.30
Chocolate covered strawberry's $5
Chocolate covered strawberry marshmallows $4
Plus sucker sticks just because I like them $2
Drinks were pink lemonade at 68 cents a 2L
But I only bought two!!!! What was I thinking! Hannah came out all day Friday to help me prep. She pointed out the error of my 2 2L logic and hooked me up with more drinkage.
Raspberry tea $2.24
Total food budget: under $65
And beer for me.