Updated August 21, 2016
Disclosure: This conversation is sponsored by Horizon. The opinions and text are all mine.
I’ll be honest, y’all. I’m starting to run out of ideas to keep Kennedy entertained this summer. She is one active mind and really thrives on being busy (I wonder where she gets it?). The heat is scorching and there is so many fast food play area and Target trips I can handle. I’ve got her in dance and she is going to do another VBS next week. She spends a lot of time upstairs in the playroom with just her toys. It’s important to limit her time on the iPad and watching TV, although that can be an easy slump to get into, especially when chasing around an adventurous 11-month-old.
One thing Kennedy loves right now is all the princesses! Every single Disney princess movie. She loves dressing up and pretending. I had the idea to put together a little princess tea party and make it really special for her. It was really easy to do and she loved it.
I first started off telling her that we were going to have a princess tea party while Caroline was napping, and that we had to make a princess dessert for the party. She got really excited, and when I mentioned the word “sprinkles”, it was a done deal.
I love this recipe for this festive cream cheese dessert dip because it is pretty, is delicious and is very easy to make! Easy recipes are a must with a three-year-old. I incorporated a few different dessert dip recipes and came up with this one. Kennedy continually stuck her finger and licked it along the way, but luckily we were the only two human guests going to this party. She is a great helper in the kitchen! (You should see her help her daddy make pizza.)
- 1 8 oz package cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 7 oz jar marshmallow cream
- 1/2 of an 8 oz container of whipped topping
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Handfuls of rainbow sprinkles
- Horizon Snack Grahams
- Beat cream cheese with powdered sugar and vanilla until soft.
- Add marshmallow cream and whipped topping and incorporate.
- Fold in a few handfuls of rainbow sprinkles and garnish on top.
- Serve with Horizon Snack Grahams and fresh strawberries.
Once the “princess dessert” was made, I had Kennedy occupy herself for a few minutes while I put the baby down for her nap and set the dining room table for our party.I ended up inviting Elsa, Anna, Belle, and Ariel. I even brought out some of our wedding china! Now daddy can’t complain that we never use it.
I let her wear her Sleeping Beauty dress, and I threw on a blue dress and an Elsa crown. We had to talk to each other in character, of course. We gobbled up our snacks and drank “tea” (ice water in the tea pot). Having a dip with some finger foods, such as the Horizon Snack Grahams and strawberries, are toddler friendly and made for a less messy experience. Kennedy told me (and her doll friends), “Thank you all so much for coming to my tea party!” Pretty much the most precious thing ever.
I really had a “DUH” moment here. We have got to start doing more things like this. This was easy to do and felt really special to her. I don’t need to think of amazing activities to do out of the house – just a few simple, fun things inside the house can be special for a toddler!
Thanks to Horizon for letting me try their Snack Grahams in Chocolate and Honey from their snack line. They paired perfectly with our dessert dip, and are a great snack alone. I love how they are made with whole grains!