These days, I see so many articles about the “Pinterest Moms” and how too much is spent on birthday parties. These articles argue that “going overboard” teaches kids to have such high expectations for everything and how it is doing such a huge disservice to them. I’ve read how it’s more for the parents than it is for the kids, how doing anything more than slapping a “Happy Birthday” banner on the wall and ordering pizza is just showing off and some sort of status symbol, how it isn’t about the kids. You know what I say to that? Whatever! 🙂
I love throwing parties for my kids. I love spending time on all the little details that make their faces light up. It’s not for everyone, and that’s okay, but it is for me and my kids and I don’t intend to stop any time soon!
I may have spent way too much time making that silly little braid (the vision in my head was MUCH better, but I didn’t have time! That little sucker took forever to make!) on the chandelier. The little princesses may not have noticed that the jewels on their tiaras matched the table cloth.
I’m sure they had no clue how stressed I was over the photo back drop, trying to figure out where and how to hang it, and how to actually take pictures at it since the dining room table was in the way.
I’m not even including the pictures of the rest of the set-up, because it doesn’t even matter. What I wish I had a picture of was them making a mad dash from the play room to the front door when I told them Rapunzel was here. I wish I had a picture of their faces looking up with her in total awe.
Rapunzel came to visit for two hours and the girls had such a great time with her. First, she got them all situated on the couch and read them a story. I’ve never heard these girls that quiet. My friend Michelle came in while Rapunzel was reading and thought she was at the wrong house. Surely a birthday party for a 4-year-old couldn’t be that quiet?!
Next, the girls moved into the dining room where they were pampered by Rapunzel! She did their nails..
And fixed their hair (and they even got to keep the flowers she put in their hair!)..
And did their makeup..
And if the picture below doesn’t warm your heart, I don’t know what to tell you. Seeing my sweet girls face light up like that was absolutely priceless. She loved every second of her party and I loved being able to make her day so magical.
Sure, my photo back drop didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted.. and we had to shove the dining room table out of the way, making a huge mess of the room, to get pictures. But I bet you not a single one of those little girls noticed.
After makeovers and an official princess coronation, Rapunzel took the girls into the living room for a dance party. She brought a CD of songs from Tangled and the girls danced and sang and giggled..
I loved sitting back and watching them twirl around in their princess dresses, each taking a turn spinning around and around with Rapunzel.
Look at the smile on Mackenzie’s face in this video – she was so happy, the entire time. That’s not about me, that’s totally about her. She was in her element, with her best friends, having the time of her life.
After the dance party, the girls and Rapunzel sat and chatted for a few minutes. I have no clue what they were talking about since they were whispering, but the girls kept covering their mouths with their hands and giggling like Rapunzel was letting them in on the best. secret. ever.
It was almost time for Rapunzel to go, so we hurried over to sing Happy Birthday to Princess Mackenzie and dig into her delicious birthday cake and cupcakes!
I’m laughing at myself because I was a bit upset that day because I couldn’t use my nice camera to take pictures of us singing Happy Birthday to her, but in hind sight, it doesn’t matter. My iPhone captured the moment perfectly – look at how Kenz was looking at Rapunzel, surrounded by her friends. She was so, so happy. <3
After lots of goodbye hugs for Rapunzel, the girls tried really hard to sit in a around circle Kenz while she was opening presents. It’s hard to stay on your toosh when you’re so excited to see all the fun things she is opening!
After presents, some of the girls had to head home and some stuck around to burn off some of the sugar outside. I can’t even begin to tell you how cute it was seeing them all running around the backyard in their princess dresses.
Happy Birthday to my beautiful girl! <3 I can’t wait to celebrate many, many more with you!