Last night we through Anni's Barbie Island Princess party! And it was so fun! And it ended a very busy week (although still one more party at shule tomorrow). Jason commented earlier in the day as cake preparation, crafts planning, wardrobe decisions, and decorations were being finalized that he was not sure who was more excited: me or Annikah! Confession: I love throwing kid's parties. I love seeing Anni get so excited she asks everyday "how many more days til the party?" And on the day "how many more minutes?" I love the challenge of throwing a party with minimal expenses & resources but lots fabulous-ness! I remember as a kid not being able to sleep the day before a party or a field trip because you are THAT pumped. I want to give our children that feeling of being special, loved, and celebrated because they are. But I want them to always know it is not about "the stuff" it is about being together, being creative, celebrating, and thanking God. Ok, and eating. It was a special party!
me & "Island Rho" after she was shipwrecked on a tropical island waiting for the guests to arrive
the scavenger hunt included everyone crossing the "ocean" with the help of 2 dolphins
...painting shells to decorate the castle, gathering fruit, and mixing special "tonic" to save the animals (trust me it is all in the story:)
blowing out the candles on Mama's sad but yummy attempt at a Barbie cake
how fun is opening presents?