She is very much into all things GIRL these days. So of COURSE we had to have a Princess party.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
All Princesses, Princes, and Knights in Shining Armor!
Her Majesty, Princess Adalen of the Royal house of [Our Last Name] requires your presence at the magical celebration of the 4th year of her birth.
The celebration will be held at our castle at [Our Address] on Saturday, the 28th day of August between the hours of 9:30 and 11:00 in the morning.
Royal attire is encouraged, but not required.
As we need to prepare for your arrival, please alert the Queen and King of your coming by phoning [Our Phone Number], or sending an email to [Our Email Address]
I spent about half a day making this banner. A little excessive, but I thought it was kind of cute.
The rest was just balloons and streamers. Lots and lots of pink, of course.
Mommy and Daddy like it when everything is ready before the guests arrive. The kids don't. Even if it's only 5 minutes, the waiting is torture!
So, we took some pictures while we waited.
As the guests arrived, they each got to pick a "royal cape". I got some really cheap costume satin fabric from Wal-mart, cut it into rectangles, finished the edges and added a little piece of velcro. I had blue and brown for the boys and pink and purple for the girls. They weren't super fancy, but I think the kids liked them.
I also had some foam crowns I'd ordered from Oriental Trading. They came with stickers and some little jewels. The kids got to decorate them. Some of them were more interested than others.
We had another game where we had the kids "Dig for the King's Treasure". We had trays of rice set out and we had buried candies in it. They had to try to find them. We gave each of them a paper bag to put their finds in. They were pretty good about it, for the most part. (No pictures, sorry)
Next, we moved on to "Musical Thrones". The kids didn't really get the concept, and some of them were more interested in playing with toys.
Then, we built "Castles" out of sugar cubes, gum drops and marshmallows, with frosting as the mortar. Some of the kids thought it was more fun to eat the building materials than build with them. I'm sure their parents appreciated that.
Then, Ady opened gifts. Of course this was her favorite part.
Then it was time for the cake. I made it... I made a few cupcakes too, and my original plan was to put the candles on the cupcakes. But, I made the mistake of leaving the cupcakes alone with my husband and children. They didn't survive. So, Brandon asked Ady where the candles should go. This is what happened.
We also had some pink punch - Sprite and raspberry sherbet. Quite tasty.
We still had a little time left, so we played "Freeze Dance". I played the music, and when it stopped the kids had to FREEZE. They had fun with it for a while. Then they got a little too wound up. We played duck, duck goose. Crazy results there too.
I think the party was pretty much a success. I think the kids had fun. I was pretty worn out by the time it was over.
After the party
After the party, we went to lunch at chick-fil-a with Gran & Papa, Ashlee & Drake, and Uncle David & Aunt Lois. Ady insisted on wearing her princess dress and princess crown. It was fun.
Later that day, we were driving around and it started to rain a little. We don't get a lot of rain here in Phoenix, so it's kind of exciting when it happens. Then, we saw something REALLY rare around here. A RAINBOW. Ady got really excited and said "I wished for a rainbow for my birthday, and I GOT IT!" So sweet!
That night, she got to sleep in her new "Princess Bed". We put a new mattress on the top bunk, and she got new princess sheets. She was pretty excited about it! (Gran and Papa gave her the new princess nighty. She doesn't like to take it off!)
So, now I offically have a Four-Year old girl. Who sometimes acts like she's 13. It's hard to believe it's been four years since she was just my tiny little baby girl. Only 5lbs 11oz!