Have I mentioned the theme yet? Lydia will be turning 3..... "Under the SEA"! So that makes the $1.75 loot pictured above pretty much PERFECTION! I am going with a glitzy mermaid meets shabby chic look (and NO Ariel, Sebastian, or other cartoon characters).
This is some sort of cake plate, but wire... with pearls? Pretty un-practical (either the food falls through the holes or you cover up the details with a plate)...but also pretty much mermaid shabby chic perfect. I figure I can find a glass plate to go on top of it to make it function while not hiding it's unique form. At $2 I figure I can make it work.
A plastic starfish bowl holds some glass globs that will be strewn about. Those 6 ceramic shell plates are so great, and I found them on Goodwill half price day (the last weekend of the month here) so they went fro $6 for all 6 down to $3. Finally, that clown dolly with the painted face? She mistakenly ran away to join the circus, but later realized she was born to be a mermaid. So for $5, I think she is deserving of a new outfit with a lovely long tail.
So that's it for now. I think we have a date and location selected (a Friday night...... is that wrong for a toddler party?). I have a few projects to start on and a color scheme (light and dark aqua, green, white bubbles and orange accents) to guide my collecting. The general feel of what I am looking for is beginning to materialize and I am already having a whole lot of fun.
I told Lydia I had started planning her birthday party and she yelled out "No you not. You planning your birthday party." Ummm.... She may have me on that one! Smart kid!