This past week was spring break up in our neck of the woods meaning my little nieces had the week off from school. Unfortunately, the weather decided to be freezing [literally], snowy, windy, rainy and that was just on a good day. Because of those unfortunate circumstances there wasn't a whole lot that those hyper active children could do besides drive their mom semi-crazy. Or at least that's what I'm envisioning would happen if I were in charge. Bless you moms.
To put a little star at the end of their week, I invited my sister, her girls and the newest little addition to the family, baby Corban, over for a Mexican fiesta of sorts. I wanted the day to feel a little more special than normal and because I had just picked up a brand spankin' new Brita water pitcher a few days ago [has anybody else noticed the fun vibrant colors these pitchers now come in? purples, oranges, greens, etc!] I decided to throw together a cute and festive "hydration station". I picked up some other coordinating colorful accessories to make this party complete and bam - here she is.
Here's what I added to the hydration station to make it a fun experience for my cute little party guests - plastic cups, straws, lemons, limes, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, blueberries and mint. We let them go wild with their water [such party animals I know] allowing them to throw anything and everything into their cups. They got real fancy and learned how to muddle their own mint meaning they are now eligible to travel to some exotic island and bar tend basically.
It was so fun to see their creativity come out to play and to see what drink concoctions they came up with for all of us adults. Once we were equipped with our fruit-filled drinks, we made our way into the kitchen to partake in all things chicken tacos [recipe coming soon], chips and salsa, and of course - oreo pie.
By the end of the gathering this little one was tuckered out...
and this little one was ready to dance for taco shells...
[all photos shot by the crazy talented tina herschberger photography]
It was such a fun afternoon spent with these people that I love and I can't wait to continue on this "hydration station" theme for other gatherings.
What other fun gathering ideas do you have? I'd love to hear them so we can keep this party goin'! Be sure to check out the gather now page for loads of inspiration!