A sweet little preschooler with bouncy curls and a smile that never left her face. However, I blinked and she's grown up to be a sweet and sporty seven year old with a little bit of sass. The saying is true for her...she's made up of a both sugar and spice!
Blondie had very specific ideas about what she wanted to do at her party. So much so that she wrote it all down for me to refer to as I planned the details of her party. My type A planning might have rubbed off on her just a little. ;-)
I set up our dining room with the party decorations and here is a tip that I want to share with you all. Use party stuff over and over again! I have two plastic bins full of all my party stuff. I have every color I could possibly want and after each party I carefully pack everything away until the next birthday. Then I can pull out the things to hang from the lights, the table decor, the banners, etc. and not have to re-make or re-buy it all. The birthday banner and signs were actually from Blondie's 4th birthday party and I pulled the corresponding colors for the lanterns and other hanging decor from my stash! The runner was a gift from the Mr.'s grandmother to me this Christmas and it looked PERFECT on the table!
When the girls first arrived they took off to Blondie's room and played for a little while. I had originally planned a craft for this time, but we decided to cut that idea at the last minute. I saw some cute ideas for decorating pillow cases that I thought were darling, but Blondie said they would rather play "school" so that is what they did.
While they were busy playing I got everything set up for the scavenger hunt. I had made up clues to lead the girls around the house. At the end they would find a special prize!
Next it was about time for dinner. We ordered pizza and the girls toasted with sparkling cider.
We used these pink depression glass that I found tucked away in a box at my mother-in-law's house last weekend. I had totally forgotten about this box of treasures and was so happy to find it. My grandmother gave it to me just after I was married and I remember using it at her house as a child. I always felt so fancy and grown up using it so I hoped the girls would feel the same. Plus, it matched perfectly!
Instead of having cupcakes or cake, Blondie really wanted to go for frozen yogurt so that is what we did. I had the girls in my car and Mr. took Boo-Boo with him. They loaded up their cups and giggled the whole time.
When we got back they changed into their PJ's and she opened her gifts. I loved the smaller setting with just a few friends! Next they decided on a movie and I felt like I constantly was refilling their popcorn bowls.
Finally it was time for bed. I let them set a timer for 15 minutes to "talk" and then told them they needed to go to bed. They were still up giggling past that time and I knew they all had to be exhausted so I sat in the room with them so they would stop talking and they were all fast asleep within minutes.
The next morning they woke up bright and early, but thankfully they were happy to play a little on their own before they were ready for breakfast. That gave me time to get the waffle bar and other goodies ready.
I had made homemade waffles the night before while they were watching the movie so all I had to do was heat them up and set out our toppings. We had chocolate chips, sprinkles and strawberries for toppings. I also made kabobs with fruit and donut holes. They all loved breakfast and it was a sweet way to start they day!
They had just a little while longer to play before it was time for everyone to get dressed and go home. Then I was ready for a nap! I mentioned to Blondie that I was tried and she told me she was more than tired...she was exhausted. I asked her if it was worth it though and the huge smile on her face gave me the answer. She felt special, love being the birthday girl, and was happily surrounded by her closest friends to celebrate her big day. Yes, it was a lot of work for me, but it was worth it!
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