As I mentioned, the day was darned near perfect. Here's how it went:
Set-up, and more frantic set-up in the morning.
Then, we had gorgeous face painting as the kids arrived.
The craft project was painting unicorn or dragon t-shirts with freezer paper stencils.
There were many creative outcomes.
Next up was a treasure hunt for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. HUGE hit. The kids were running all over the house and yard hunting for the next clue.
I made them all up, and they even rhymed.
They were hidden in places like the mailbox, a backpack, the climber, and the pot of (chocolate) gold was in the fireplace. Such a simple activity that was so much fun. I'm sure we'll do one again at the kids' request.
I have to say I think people were more impressed with my ability to cut semi-intact slices of the overly tall cake, than with my ability to bake it. :)
I can hardly believe my little girl is 6 (and really now, she's half way to 7!)
Haven't come up with a definite plan for next year yet...I'll keep you posted.