Our back garden, ready for the guests to arrive...
The painting table, where the guests helped the animal and garden fairies paint butterflies...
It was very popular - each guest got to paint a butterfly mask.
The guests helped the light fairies make colours for the rainbow by squishing and mixing bags of rainbow stew. David used this recipe and it was fun for both the little girls and the grown ups!
Tinker fairies worked hard using all sorts of interesting bits to make fairy houses.The birthday girl was too busy playing to make a house during the party, but she worked on hers the next day.
The most popular station was helping the winter fairies free animals and bugs that had become trapped in the ice using spray bottles of warm water and lots of bashing. Most of the girls spent a LONG time working on this project. David was the ice master and did a great job filling our freezer with blocks of ice.
There was a sheet hung up for a photo back drop and all our dress ups were out, which some of the guests really got into. I'm not really sharing any recognizable pictures, as I don't have permission from the other Moms to use their child's photo in my blog, but trust me - CUTE CUTE CUTE. Adeline STILL won't look at the camera, so there really weren't any good pictures of her from the entire day. GRRRRRR. Adeline was also super super tired as her party was right at nap time (good planning, I know) and I can really see how sleepy she is in the pictures.
We started off the party with a treasure hunt and ended off with a pinata. The pinata was something Adeline REALLY wanted. I wasn't sure about how it would go at a party with four and five year olds, but it was super. I made it myself using 6 layers of paper mache over a balloon, some crepe paper and some pom pom bees and it was filled with a little bit of candy, plus some fancy ponytail holders and barettes and some stickers and little toys and surprises. I was worried that the pinata would either break too soon or it would take a beating from some of the Dads before it broke, but it was just about right. All the girls got two turns to really hit it hard and then our three biggest hitters took another whack and it opened up. It was declared the most fun part of the party by Adeline and many of her guests too!
I made the big tissue flowers that are dotted around the garden during an evening of watching television. This part of the garden is mostly just shady and green this time of year so it was nice to give it a bright flowery vibe with these big blooms. The bunting (which I absolutely CAN NOT get a decent picture of) was made before Adeline's party last year and it comes out for every birthday celebration at our house. It is a really pretty mix of vintage sheeting fabric - pinks, yellows, greens, blues and purples - but it always just looks white in my photos.
It was a fairly mellow party for me, as once everything was set up, the guests could just choose what they wanted to do and move around the activities or go for for a jump on the trampoline or for a swing. I KNOW Adeline had fun and made some wonderful memories and I'm sure her guests did too! Yes, it was a lot of work to get it all ready, especially with David confined to the light work like making ice and rainbow stew and leaving my Mom and I to drag furniture all over the garden, and next year we might decide that it's time to have an easier away-from-home birthday, but for this year it was just perfect.
FOUR. I still can't believe it.