The summer is a hugely busy time for birthdays in our family. This past weekend we celebrated four of them: my dad, Aunt Lynn, my brother’s boyfriend Sebastian, and my cousin Leah (who turned the big 3-0). To say Annabel was excited to have everyone come over would be an understatement. She’s been beside herself for over ten days (since Leah’s actual birthday). She kept asking me when everyone was going to come over for the party, and when I would reply, “The party is in X days,” she’d say, “Oh good, because we have so much to do.” I have nooooo idea where she gets her party planner tendencies….
Since Annie was so gung-ho, I decided to just throw over to her and let her plan things. She had very definitive ideas about what a birthday party should include. She absolutely INSISTED there be decorations, so I took her to the Dollar Store and let her pick out whatever she wanted. When we got home, she put her Daddy to work hanging streamers while she set out the hats and noisemakers.
Once the decorations were up, she got her inner Stevie Nicks on.
Annabel really wanted everyone to enjoy a “rainbow princess cake.” I met her halfway, and we baked a rainbow cake, sans princess, and we made ice cream.
I thought it turned out great:
I always add up the ages of everyone we’re celebrating.
My favorite part was when Annie handed out the cards and presents she’d picked out for everyone. She found very special items at the dollar store – she seriously agonized over every gift. Then she picked out cards for each person (none of them appropriate: two of them were for anniversaries, one was for a four-year-old boy, etc) and dictated her message for me to write inside. When everyone was at our house, she presented each gift and explained why she picked them out.
Sebastian was given a dinosaur hat, “Because I love dinosaurs and I love you.”
My dad got a framed drawing, “Because I make beautiful art,” and a jump rope, “because Bampa loves to jump.”
Aunt Lynn received flowers because “Auntie Lynn loves flowers and these are the most beautiful flowers ever.”
Leah was gifted a baton, “Because Tia likes parades and also sparkles.”
James was very into the party.
Annabel was sooooo sad when everyone had to leave at the end of the evening. She’s in her element when she’s surrounded by the people she loves. I don’t know where she gets it.
looks like that apple is very close to the tree, heather.:)
I think she did a fabulous job picking out the gifts. How very endearing!!
This must have been the sweetest party ever! How special that Annie was such a big part of it! I love the whole idea!!!
P.S. I love the picture of Mr. James!!!!!
Michelle H says:
I love that you let her pick out presents and cards to give. I bet those were the best presents received!
So sweet. What a wonderful celebration!
That girl has personality to spare. I love it! What a special party that must’ve been.
Adorable! Great job with the rainbow cake. I love the traces of what look like cake batter around Annie’s mouth. That’s what I look like when I bake, too.
This cracked me up! I love all the gifts she picked out (especially the dinosaur hat), and James’ faces just keep getting better and better. Also, Heather, your dad is a fox!
It was so nice of you to let Annie plan the party. What a good mommy you are. Your pictures are always great. The last one of James made me laugh out loud.
I think Annie did a stellar job. I see her making big bucks being a “planner” of something when she gets older. I loved the gifts she picked out and the explanations too and the cards that totally didn’t go but *did* go. The alligator hat? I LOL when I saw that.
Your girl is a well – rounded young lady that thinks of others and puts a lot of thought into what she is doing.
James? He looked as if he were in awe of his sister’s planning abilities.
I love it! Annie is a WAY better party planner than I am
We always take our daughter maddie to the dollar store to pick out presents too. We put in absolutely NO input..we let her go. Last year ( she was 4) she got me a happy 80 th bday card!! ( I was turning 38) I laughed my butt off! But card ever!
Heather: Lost it at the Stevie Nicks reference and picture. SO funny!