I have a girly girl. A very girly girl. She wants princesses. Anything and everything princess. I initially wanted to send out invites for her party that were kinda neutral because she has a large number of boys in her class, but decided she wouldn’t be as happy with that as she would with princess. And really, isn’t the party for her? I came up with the Sleeping Beauty dress because in the movie the fairy godmothers argue over the dress being pink or blue. Pink for girls, blue for boys. Voila.
She’s thrilled with them, and honestly I am, too! I know they aren’t perfectly professional but I really love how they turned out.
After finishing the invitations, I moved on to making the Thank You cards. I know, it’s a bit premature to work on those several weeks before the party, but since I knew I’d need them and since I knew my time would be at a premium because of the upcoming school auction, I was trying to be prepared. Like a Girl Scout, you know?
The next thing to consider was the small favors to send in with the birthday girl on the Friday before her actual birthday… We have several allergies in her classroom to contend with, so since we just had Halloween and the kids are all sugared up, I chose a (semi) nutritious fruit snack to stick inside these little favor boxes that E picked out at a craft store.
As I mentioned above, we invited her entire class of 15 kids, plus a couple girls she really likes who are not in her class… a total of 18 kids including her. When I was sending the invites out, I was thinking that there was no way all 18 kids would come. No way.
I was wrong. Every child we invited accepted and arrived ready to play! Several of the moms stayed to help, much to my pleasure! Thanks, Laurie, Karen, Elizabeth, Phyllis, Gail, and everyone else I can’t remember right now!
The kids spent the better part of two hours running back and forth between the KidZone play area and the party room. Since the party was mid-afternoon, we decided to do a cupcake decoration instead of a meal and big cake. I frosted ahead of time because I figured we could minimize mess that way. I wasn’t entirely right, but it went ok.
We weren’t able to corral all the kids at once, so we did the decorating in two waves, of sorts. Below is the first wave. Birthday girl never stopped long enough to have her cake, let alone have Happy Birthday sung to her! It’s a good thing the kids are young and didn’t get caught up in the more traditional details!
All told, it didn’t matter that there were 22 kids under age 5. (we ended up with a couple of siblings staying, too!) The kids all had a great time, especially the birthday princess. Mommy and Daddy may need an extended vacation, but that’s to be expected, right? 😉
To make things even better, I was able to make use of the extra pirate-themed favors from T’s birthday party last month and I’m now in the wonderful position of not having a thousand extra pieces left from multiple birthdays. YAY! Pirates and Princesses. What a great pairing, huh? hahaha
I’ll say this… Her class is full to the brim with extraordinarily generous families. I’m almost embarrassed to post what she received, but I will anyway.
Since we didn’t do the cake at the party, we did that at home. Birthday girl finally got her song and a great cake. And of course, the addition-based candles!
I promise to have some knitting content in my next post. I’ve actually completed a couple of things! For now, I’m going to sit. For a long while.