Our little bean just keeps growing and growing. As often as we demand of her to stop growing she just keeps eating and sprouting. As she tells us, she wants to "be a big girl and go on the blue part at gymnastics." Translation and interpretation of this - the little kids at gymnastics work out on the red part and the older advanced girls get to work out on the "blue part". After gymnastics class she will often demand that I take her to watch the big girls work out.
Her chosen theme for her birthday was fairies/wizards. We added the wizards as she, like her mom, has more boy friends than girl friends. Plus, her brother absolutely refused to wear fairy wings even though Tinkerbell has boy friends who have wings.
I posted several photos of the actual party on her blog. However, I did want to show some of the crafted items I made for the event, too. Hubby asked me if I was working too hard on this party. I did spend a lot of time on just the invitations but as I told him, they are only tiny once and this is my chance to do all these crafty things while they still like them and want them. Soon they will just want to have a slumber party and insist I ignore them. I'm trying to embrace this stage as much as possible.
First, though, I want to mention her birthday dress. It has all the fairies from Tinkerbell (except Vida which Lil Sis pointed out). Secondly, the fairy wands are also crafted. I crocheted the stars and then my mom attached them to the rods.
The wands were used for the traditional and annual fishing game. They threw their line over, waved their magic wand, and then a special crafted item magically appeared. The kids LOVED this game and kept asking to play again and again. When I said only one turn, one cleaver young lad asked if his dad could play, too.
Some of the crocheted creatures I worked on during my lunch hour at work. My patients loved seeing them sitting in my office - I even received a few special requests. The camo snake was especially popular. The crocheted food was for a child who does not like stuffed animals but is really into his pretend kitchen. The pink unicorn was my own design and the rainbow unicorn (for the birthday girl which was also her actual birthday gift) was a pattern from a new book I received for my birthday. The bucket of fish was for T Rex - he has been asking for some fish for his toy penguin "Beak".
The cupcakes were a special touch for a young guest with egg and milk food allergies. These vegan cupcakes were spectacular and that is the opinion of more than myself.
Lastly, I have to say I had a great time getting my own little doll ready for her party. I remember being little and getting dressed up for a couple special birthday parties I had. She was so excited she could barely sleep the night before. Then on the actual day of the party she paraded around in her new dress and insisted her hair be fixed like Rosetta the fairy with a twist of Tinkerbell fur. She was especially exited to get to wear her pink tights. When I asked her about her party she just kept saying I love my new jump robe (which she won as a prize from the party). I had to laugh that the $0.50 item was what impressed her the most.
A special word of thanks to my mom and sis for all their help with the preparation and T Rex Dad for being my heavy lifter and for cleaning everything up after the party. Thanks to all who attended and participated. It made her day just so special.