Thank you for all your kind birthday wishes to Natalie! We started the day with our tradition of breakfast in bed. Natalie chose cinnamon rolls, apple juice, and strawberries with whipped cream. Yum!
I landed on the party theme when, over Christmas, my aunt referred to Natalie as a "sprite." This seemed very fitting to me, and Monica and I let the brainstorming begin. =)
For refreshments, we had star-shaped cheese on flower/butterfly crackers, pink lemonade, and then each girl got to decorate her own star cookie wand. I set out three colors of frosting and 5 colors of sparkly sugar. Fun!
I printed off a fairy coloring page for each girl, and otherwise just wanted them to have plenty of time to play together. At the end of the party, each girl got a bag filled with goodies: fairy fruit snacks, fairy hairbrush, Hello Kitty chapstick, flowery fairy headband I made, sparkly gel pen and a piece of fairy candy. I spent about $7 on all of it by scoring some great deals! My biggest splurge was the darling paper plates and napkins. When I saw the super-cute fairy design, I just could not pass them up, and thankfully I had a partial credit at the store.
The party went great, but unfortunately the day unraveled after lunch. Natalie gave up her nap about a month ago, and it has been a rough adjustment for all of us. We've been putting her to bed earlier each night, but the change is still taking a toll. She has been whining, crying and talking disrespectfully a lot more, which is of course disheartening! (Of course, this is not all sleep-related, but I think much of it is!)
Though the evening wasn't as pleasant as the first half of the day, we definitely still celebrated. I let Natalie choose the supper menu, and initially all she said was cornbread and applesauce. At my encouragement, she then added chicken with noodles and a side of carrots. We had cupcakes for dessert.
She opened her gifts and we tried playing with them but she had hit her limit by that point and going to bed was the best solution. So that's the re-cap of her mostly happy birthday!