SUCH a fun little party with a few special friends. Adeline can't stop talking about it and she loved every minute of it - carriage ride, tea party, treasure hunt, dancing, cake, bubbles and playing with her friends. Riding in the carriage was like being in a parade - everyone smiled and waved at us and the girls waved right back!
I couldn't see Adeline's face, as she was on my lap, but I'm told that this satisfied little smile never left her face while Ruby carried us through some quiet beautiful streets down the to ocean and then back to meet the Daddies who were waiting for us.
Back at our place it was time for a tea party. I went to the thrift store and bought a little tea pot for each of the girls to use to pour their own iced tea, which was pretty thrilling.
I used my fanciest tablecloths and some fairly fancy china, put out a bouquet of flowers and made a special felt birthday crown for each girl. We tucked the tea party under the Japanese maple to stay in the shade as much as possible.
After tea time we had our treasure hunt, which was definitely Adeline's highlight of the day. I had taken pictures of various things in the yard (watering cans, the slide, the stairs, etc) and then hid the pictures under or in each of the things and the pictures led you from one place to another until you finally got to the treasure. I wasn't sure if this group of two newly three's, a three and a half year old and a four year old could figure it out, but these brilliant girls were so smart and worked together to go from clue to clue.
The treasure was homemade sparkly capes, ribbon wands I bought on etsy (I can't do everything!) and some shiny necklaces.
The girls all got dressed up and danced and danced and danced! David took lots of video of the day and I'm glad because they were all SO SWEET.
Then it was time for cake, of course.
Then bubbles... Adeline got the bubble machine as a present from her honorary Auntie and it actually works amazingly! It's probably our third bubble machine and the first two were duds, but this one seems to really deliver and the girls laughed and laughed as they chased and popped the bubbles.
After that the girls all wanted to play with Adeline's new playdough and they must have sat around the table for at least an hour while the grown-ups all relaxed.
It was a great party, with great people, and my big three-year-old loved every minute of it!
Adeline keeps asking "Am I three?" and I keep telling her she is. I think even she can't believe how big that is.