we kicked off anne’s birthday festival today with something that i never thought i’d EVER have anywhere near me: a princess party. i was too occupied during the actual party to get very many photos of the girls all together, so here are some photos that i took before all chaos broke loose in the house:
each guest arrived adorned in princess gear, and my house had more flowers and pink in it than i’m sure it’s ever had, previous owners included. (learn how to make the flower garland here)
we had a huge dance party with princess skirts twirling and played princessy party games like “pin the ponytail on the princess”, and “poisoned apple”, adapted from hot potato.
the girls decorated crowns, painted their nails, assembled necklaces, and showered anne with gifts.
instead of making a cake, i made cupcakes which each girl decorated with various candies to make a princess face. we inserted crowns, and sang happy birthday to the girl before adding ice cream to the plates and devouring their creations.
as the festivities wound down, each little girl was sent home with a thank you gift from anne, who truly appreciated all of her friends celebrating her birthday with her. each little girl added something special to the party, thanks to all the mom’s who brought them!
just as i was too busy with the party to take many “during” photos, anne was too busy with the other girls to take time to get her nails painted while the party was in full-swing. never one to let the partying cease, anne plunked herself down in the livingroom as the day came to an end, and studiously painted her toes. she has no idea that her birthday celebrations are just beginning though. tomorrow her grandparents are coming to visit, and on monday (her actual birthday) she’ll be getting her gifts from elliot, derek and me. the girly decorations are staying put, and there will be more cake, more celebrating, more dance parties, more presents and more occasions to randomly yell “happy birthday little banana head!”