Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Surprise for Alyssa

Having a December baby can sometimes be challenging, especially when trying to plan a birthday party. The weather this time of year makes it challenging to do something outdoors and finding an activity that is different but fun for all can be difficult. Alyssa is our December baby and she will be five on December 7th. This year we planned an early surprise birthday party for Alyssa. She had no idea and that made it so fun.
This past Saturday was a gloomy, rainy day and I asked her what she wanted to do. I suggested to her that maybe we should go to the mall. She hesitated but then agreed to come.
Once there, we walked over to the Build-a-Bear store. Then Alyssa noticed a friend of hers in the store, then another and then another. All of a sudden, one of the employees said, "Who's here for Alyssa's birthday Party?" Alyssa seemed a little confused. She knows her Birthday is December 7th, so she wasn't sure what to make of it at first. So here's how things went.
The first thing is to pick your stuffy.... Alyssa picked a beautiful pink Unicorn.

Then each stuffy needs to be stuffed and the kids get to help.

Then all the kids sat in a circle and named their stuffed animals, said something special about it and each one grabbed a heart and made a special wish for Alyssa's birthday. All of the birthday wish hearts were then put into Alyssa's stuffed Unicorn, whom she named "Rachel."
Then it 's time to groom

and pick an outfit .... mmm so much to chose from
and dress them

Rachel "the Unicorn" looks mighty fine in her Wizard outfit!

Each friend , signed a special bear for Alyssa.
It was a special gift to her from all of them

and I tried to get a "little" creative (nothing Martha like though)
I made Bear cupcakes to go

and packaged them all up for each guest at the party

Thanks Everyone for helping us surprise Alyssa! We had so much fun! Everyone got a Build-a-Bear, a cupcake bear to go and a huge smile on their face.
Complete satisfaction!


  1. What a perfect thing to do for such a perfect little girl.

    the cupcakes were adorable!!!

    Kelly W.

  2. So Cool! Caroline would have loved that too (and she would have also picked the pink unicorn!) The cupcakes were super cute Martha!

  3. What a great idea! I'm with you on the December birthdays...it's not ideal, but we make it work. I'll keep that in mind for Natalie...she'd love it!

  4. That's awesome!! It looked like Alyssa had a great time at her surprise birthday party. I love Build A Bear!!

  5. awwww... Happy almost B day Alyssa

  6. She looks so happy! i really like the cupckes you made! Happy early birthday!

  7. Happy Birthday Alyssa!! What a great party! Ava would have loved it! Kelly F