Back in July, when Mari turned one, we didn't do much in the way of gifting. We glossed over the gifts in favor of a really fun party, and that in and of itself was the greatest gift for all of us. But, back then, I really, really, really wanted to get her a play kitchen. Did I say really? I held out, and did some research. I even purchased one and then promptly returned it, because at one point I thought I'd try to make one.
Fast forward a few months, and a lot of deliberating but no doing. I decided that I could glam up an Ikea play kitchen, and give it a little personality, just for Mari. So, here's what I've got and am piecing together for Christmas morning.
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The palette inspiration for her kitchen set-up came from Etsy seller Lauren of Little Lilly Lulu, who is amazing, by the way. I messaged her with my master plan, and she came back with suggestions and options, and not only did she make the apron you see above, but she customized two play towels for Mari, with coordinating fabric scraps. The whole ensemble makes me so happy and I can't wait to bring it all together!
What am I missing? We've already got some play food, and have hinted to grandparents what would make good additions. We do need play plates/bowls, etc. but Ikea only sells stoneware plates, which seem heavy and not too toddler-friendly. I'm thinking melamine. Any ideas?