Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Unicorns, Rainbows, Fairy Ballerinas: Whatever the Birthday Princess Wants.

I have all sorts of thoughts about my little girl turning four. There are lots of things I want her to remember about who she was and what we love about her at this particular time. But it's overwhelming to get them all down and upload and format photos on Blogger.

So for now, a photo collection of N.'s two, yes two, birthday celebrations.

We go big or go home for birthdays around here, if you haven't already caught on.

First, it was a unicorns and rainbows themed party with the family the weekend before N.'s actual fourth birthday.

I'll admit here that this party was heavily Pinterest influenced, and I might have gone a teensy bit overboard with the rainbow thing. Don't blame me. The 80's were my formative years.

Taste the Rainbow!

Rainbow cake, rainbow fruit skewers, rainbow veggie tray,
and Bugles (unicorn horns!)
We also had homemade mozzarella cheese stick unicorn horns.

N. helped me with the flowers: white daisies and carnations with a different color of food coloring and water in each vase. The idea was for the flowers to take on the color, but it only worked slightly on a few. This is the second time this summer we tried this experiment with little success. When I was a kid, we did it all the time with Queen Ann's lace at the cottage. Has food coloring changed?

N. seems to associate a successful birthday party with guests leaping out to say "Surprise!". (I blame two books that N. would read every night if we let her: Eddie and Sarah's Little People Birthday, and My Little Pony Pinkie Pie's Special Day) She asked several times whether or not this was going to happen at her birthday party.

Even though she was well aware that she was having a party this day, and even knew who was coming, we wanted to try to make this happen for her. So while Jim had the kids at the pool that afternoon, I brought L. home, finished up decorations for the party and had my family arrive and park down the street. When N. came home, we all hid on the basement stairs then jumped out with our "Surprise!"

She was thrilled.

We played Pin the Horn on the Unicorn

and Unicorn Ring Toss (I was planning to use
a stuffed unicorn, but O. had a better idea).

We tried to get a picture of all five cousins, with mixed success.

Mostly, N. reveled in pure girliness.

A week later, we traveled to St. Louis, and J.'s sister's lake house. We celebrated Labor Day, the end of summer, and N.'s true birthday. (Oh, and mine too. Yeah, the proximity of our birthdays is cutting into my own birthday princess mojo for now, but that's fine. Joint parties on the horizon!)

This time the theme was Fairy Ballerina Princesses. More emphasis on the costume and gifts than the food, decor and games this time. There were cupcakes she helped decorate with sprinkles and glitter, a special trip to the grocery store with Mommy and L. at 6:30 AM for doughnuts and a Rapunzel balloon, and swimming and boating in the lake all weekend.
She was thrilled with every gift she opened,
and was doing princess poses for every photo, unprompted.

It was pretty fun to watch her become four.


Stacia said...

Ohmigoshsheissocute! What fun parties! (Love, love, love the rainbow fruit and veggies.) And we are big Pinkie Pie fans over here. Huge!

Happy Birthday, N.!!

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mep said...

I am finding it very fun to watch her turn four in these photos! What a beautiful, happy, lively, joyful girl. What awesome parents you are to coordinate the surprise to make her party even better! And, can I just say, how impressed I am with the Pinterest-ing going on here! If only the The Rainbow Shop at Tri-County Mall still existed.

Heather said...

Ahh, four. I have such fond memories of my kids at that age...I just know you're in for a great year with N!

GREAT pics, by the way, and good for you, doing the birthday up right. What little girl doesn't love rainbows and princesses? (Okay, I'm sure there's a few, but still...)

Happy (belated) birthday, to you and N! Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing - what a beautiful fun party. These are great ideas. My little almost-4 requested a unicorn-rainbow-princess-ballerina party, so we will certainly be lifting some of these sweet ideas - thanks!