We decided to do two things differently this year.
1. Have her party at the beginning of my spring break instead of the end, so I wouldn't spend a week trying to get all Martha up in here and thoroughly disappointing myself.
2. Have a separate and SMALL friend party so I don't have a house full of people to look after. We decided to stick to the "invite as many friends as your age rule." Just another attempt to keep the total number of bodies in this house to a minimum! We might have to rethink this rule when she turns 16.
So far, I'm very glad we did both of these things. I was still up until midnight last night doing all the things I thought wouldn't take very long, but oh well. All of my plans were EASY and I actually had time to sit down for a few minutes before guests showed up. The party was a hit, everyone had fun, and both girls took a nice, long afternoon nap, (so I did, too)! Here are the pics:
|Sylvia waited patiently for her friends.|
|Baby Claire (who's not a baby anymore!) had no problem keeping up with the big kids.|
|Okay, so maybe I made some Martha pom poms, but they were super easy.|
|AJ was digging his heart shaped ring pop!|
|Margot's all dolled up for big sister's party!|
|Minnie Mouse dress from Brooklyn.|
|Hugs for Charlie - thanks for the Rapunzel doll! (She's sleeping with it at this very moment!)|
|The Princess Bike. I could write a whole post on it. Let's just say it's her dream come true and leave it at that. She is one happy kid!|
|We took a break from biking to hunt for treasures in the backyard. When you're three, every rock is a treasure.|
|Lighting the candles on her princess cupcakes.|
|"Happy Birthday to Sylviaaaaa!"|
|It took them forever to blow them all out!|
|He loves my ladies.|
|This is the best we could do with the grandkids. They aren't all looking at the camera, but they aren't crying either. Good enough!|
Tomorrow we have the Family Party. Just grandparents, cake and ice cream! Here's to hoping she doesn't wake up with a fever, or an ear infection, or a disease caused by eating too many cupcakes!