I really do enjoy the whole glue-gunning/sign-painting/ribbon-dangling part of planning my girls’ parties, but the best part–the part that grips me for a tears-welling second–is when friends start arriving and music is playing and my girl is all shy-smiling with happiness.
The horses were a huge hit. There were a whole lotta little cowgirls with shy, satisfied grins, and then some who couldn’t hide more obvious radiant smiles…and Nella was one of them.
We panned for gold.
And ate good grub.
Our “Aunt Rebecca” came down from Indiana and performed a nice reading of a cowgirl story for the kids…with the perfect southern accent.
And the kids took care of the rest. Yee haw.
Bandanas stuffed with goodies and tied to sticks made some nice hobo stick party favors.
…and some trail mix for the mamas.
Oh, did we ever have a good time.
And in the end, a four-year-old girl who felt loved and celebrated.
So ‘thar you have it.
A happy birthday indeed.
Congratulations to the winner of the Piccadilly Circus $50 gift certificate: Comment #592, AFD Jewelry: Happy birthday to your sweet girl – she is just a doll! And my oldest (who turned 4 in January) requested mac n cheese for her birthday meal as well 🙂
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Addendum: To answer many of your questions, the following are some more specific details regarding Lainey’s birthday party.
The Invitation: I designed the invitation with my trusty old Microsoft Digital Image Suite, but you can create something simiilar in Photoshop/Photoshop Elements or whatever layout software you use. It’s a 5×5 trifold card printed by WHCC Labs. I burned a CD full of kids western songs, printed our own label, and attached it to the card using a foam CD hub like this one on Amazon.
Play Money: Poppa made it.
The Barn: Lainey actually received two fold-up cardboard playhouses for her birthday last year, so we saved one and pulled it out this year for her party. My dad slapped some red and white paint on it to transform it into a barn.
Wood Signs: You can get thin sheets of plywood from Home Depot for a couple dollars. A little bit of craft paint and some wood embellishments, and Voila.
Horses: If you’re in the Naples area, we got a great deal on two horses from Ponies for Parties. They stayed about two hours, and the owners were fabulous with the kids. Phone Number: 239.200.6010.
Party Favors: Most everything came from Oriental Trading. They have a fantastic variety of inexpensive treats, and a slew of western stuff to choose from.
Cake Banner: Blu Embellish on Etsy.
Lipstick: Ha ha. Funny question, but several asked, and it happens to be a to-die for shade that flatters anyone and everyone. Lorac 3D gloss, Color: 3D (beachy and rosy/bronzy).