Posted by Rachel at 9:00 AM
I really debated having a birthday party for Jilly this year. I knew she'd love it (and I'd love planning it), but she's still young and I was not interested in hosting a party full of whining, crying girls. So I made it simple- we only invited 5 girls, just planned some basic activities, and had it on a Saturday when Bryan and my mom could be there to help. We had a few tears, but for the most part it went really well, and Jilly loved it.
Naturally Jilly wanted a Princess Party so all the girls come dressed up. We painted their nails, read a princess book, and decorated wands (I hot glued foam crowns onto dowels and let the girls decorate with jewels and foam stickers- I didn't get many pictures but they were cute and so fun to make.) Then the girls had a princess lunch of heart-shaped pb&h sandwiches, apples, and popcorn. We played Pin the Nose on Olaf, Princess Says, and turned on music to let the girls dance and play Follow the Leader. Jilly opened her presents and then we ate cake- a strawberry cake with white frosting and strawberries on top- her very specific request.
Jilly still talks nonstop about how she had her friends over for a party and has already requested a chocolate cake for her birthday party next year so definitely a success!
Jillian was so so so so so so so excited for her birthday. For the last week she asked me every night "when I wake up will it be my birthday yet? So we were all pretty happy when it finally arrived. On the night before her birthday Bryan said he was more excited than he had been for his own birthday.
On her birthday morning Jilly found balloons in her doorway, we had pancakes with sprinkles, and she opened a couple presents. Then we did some shopping and playing at the mall and met Bryan for birthday donuts. In the afternoon Jilly spent over an hour playing with her new princess play doh set (win!) then we went to Chick fil A for dinner (where else would we go?) Later we skyped with Bryan's parents so she could open their presents. It was a happy, fun day celebrating our big four year old.
Posted by Rachel at 8:00 AM