I really, really wanted to have her party outdoors so that I could go all out. My thoughts were to do a costume party, have all these fun themed snacks and games, and decorations & the whole nine yards. BUT every year it has stormed on her birthday/party day. So I decided to book it at a local jumphouse.
Well, wouldn't you know the weather today was absolutely perfect. Sunny, not too warm, and just great outdoor weather. However, this still turned out to be the BEST decision made, since we have just sold our house and we're knee deep in garage sale, decluttering, getting ready to pack up!
We invited about 20 of her little friends and she had the greatest time!
She was just beside herself all morning before we left the house.
This age is SO FUN because they are aware of what all a birthday entails. She had been talking about this day to every stranger she'd see the past week. She was thrilled when we went in to get her out of bed! I wish I would have recorded it.
She was patiently waiting for all of her guests to arrive!
Sheila french braided her hair and I can't get over how grown up she looked! So bittersweet!!
The decorations in our little party room...
These ruby red slipper cookies were just as delicious as they were beautiful! My friend made them and she now has an Etsy shop here. She can make ANY COOKIE!
We ate pizza...
We sang happy birthday as Ava grinned from ear to ear, sang along, and ate up all of
the attention. She was singing while tilting her head from side to side. It was the
One of my ex student's mom made this ADORABLE cake for Ava. I was so blown away by how cute it turned out. The characters were so darling.
Some more pictures of her party...
We are so blessed to have such sweet, sweet friends come out to play, celebrate, and bounce! Thank you to all who made her day so very special. She has talked about it nonstop since we got home. In fact, I can hear her in her bedroom, at 10:30pm, talking about her party. Might I add that she has been in bed since 8:00! Haha!
And the fun continues tomorrow on her real birthday....