Flip through the pages of this blog and you will find that mid September every year I write a sentimental post about the way that this girl has changed my life. I write of how she makes everyday an adventure and a fairy tale all at the same time. I write about how she dances when she walks and sometimes sings when she talks. I write about stopping time to catch her, and demanding to anyone who will listen that she will stay small forever.
So instead, I planned a ridiculous birthday party that I hope she remembers for a long time. I resisted her request last year for a Disney princess party and tricked her into a Neverland party instead. I knew that this year I would have to give in.
Here's some shots of the final out come and our fun day...I'll try to give a commentary.
This was the "Royal Dressing Table"(this picture must be after the kids got dressed). I found adorable knight's helmets and shields at the dollar store, plus scored some cheap little crowns there also. I found a 5 pack of princess wands at Target for $2. The mirror was one that belonged to my parents. I knew that they hadn't used it in years so I asked my Dad to spray paint it silver so the little ones could see themselves all dressed up. The awesome part was that most of the kids came in costume....which was absolutely adorable!
Okay, so I had one big splurge! I came across this pumpkin coach at Hobby Lobby one day. It was actually orange and green, so spray painted it silver and it matched the party perfectly. I also picked up a bag of decorating pumpkins in the grocery store that I spray painted white and silver, I scattered them around here and there. I had several sliver frames lying around unused so I framed quotes from the different versions of the Cinderella story.
Okay, here is one of my favorite parts of the party... My friend Beth, not only took the beautiful pictue of Libby, but she also made her princess cake! It was so amazing. I made the little pumpkin cakes around the big cake, and I made little chocolate covered mice out of cherries and Hersey Kisses. The favors were jars of mallow pumpkins. The front of the jar said "Thank you for coming to my party. Here's a midnight snack for after the ball."
Weeks before the party I has scoured the interent trying to find the perfect, yet affordable, Cinderella dress for her to wear. I just couldn't find the right match. In a moment of genius, I remembered I had a hand- me- down light blue dance leotard. I made some changes to the neckline and sleeves and I made a full length skirt out of tule. Total cost about $25. She looked beautiful.
Later on in the party, I heard her whisper to him that she liked his costume, but it took quite a while for her to warm up to the fact hat he was Charlie and not really Prince Charming. I think she was afraid she would have to dance with him.
A month or so ago our friends went to Disney World. As a surprise to Libby they cornered the real Cinderella and recorded a video of her sending Libby her own personal birthday message. We saved it for her party and our girl and all her friends were amazed that "the real Cinderella knew Libby's name."
Earlier in the day I had switched th radio on for background music. As the guest were filtering out, and we were busy tearing things down on came a song that reminds me of her so much and just like that, despite my best efforts, I could feel the lump in my throat forming and tears making their way to my eyes..You know me, it doesn't take much...
Happy 4th Birthday Libs...you're our favorite Libby in the whole world.
Grace and Peace