Where to start?!
First, the girls concept of time is nil. The concept that it could be their birthday party day, but not their birthday was so confusing. Caden kept asking “Can I tell people I’m four?” Yes, you can.
We ended up skipping dance class that morning. I hadn’t intended to, but Caden’s stomach hurt and as soon as the idea popped into my head, I knew it would be our saving grace and it was. It allowed me to take a shower, get everything prepped and ready before we went to our neighbor’s birthday party at noon. Once we got home from that, it was just piping frosting onto cupcakes, getting into birthday outfits, and loading everything into the car.
We had the party at Pump It Up. It’s your standard inflatable indoor playground … place. It’s awesome because all you really have to do is bring the cake. They order the pizza, they do the balloons, they help open presents, and they clean up. The best part? It meant I didn’t have 24 kids and their parents trying to cram into my house!
Sadly, this is the only picture I got of the two birthday girls! I always think there will be a chance later, and by the end of the party I’m wiped. Next weekend there will be nice pictures. Anyway, you can kind of see their birthday shirts. Jessie and Bullseye, the number 4, and their name. They were adorable. Delaney classed it up with a cowboy hat and her cowgirl boots. They were beyond excited, especially as their friends started arriving.
Here’s Laney coming down the big slide with her sister cheering her on. Caden spent most of her time in the bouncy house. One of the dads climbed in there and was throwing balls for them, and then our helper guy climbed in and had them all screaming with joy.
The party was a mix of cousins, neighborhood friends, and daycare friends. I found myself telling daycare parents how we are blessed with such an amazing group of neighborhood friends. And then telling neighborhood parents how I love our daycare family and how blessed we are that it’s such a great group. Delaney and Caden’s best friends were both there and both moms told me they wouldn’t have missed it for the world. We are very blessed to have the people around us that we do. It takes a village and my girls have an awesome village.
My mom got everything set up in the party room and she did a fabulous job. I loved the stainless bucket for the cake pops, it was perfect. I hate that this is an awful picture of the set up, I promise to do better next weekend.
Gifts and goody bags – oh my!
Blowing out their candles! I made devils food cupcakes with chocolate buttercream for those who didn’t want the cake pops. It also gave us something to shove a candle into so the girls could blow them out. But, the cake pops were a huge hit! Everyone loved them and was surprised that I made them. They looked store bought. Woo! Best compliment you can get. I kept urging the parents “Please eat!” I ordered enough pizza and made sure there was enough cake pops and cupcakes for everyone, and I didn’t want to take any home. Luckily, we only went home with a few cupcakes and those are in the lunch room at work today getting eaten by people other than me.
Overall? Huge birthday success.