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a party for bee

I had such lovely dreams for Bee's fourth birthday party. A flower theme, out in the backyard. Children running around the backyard on a scavenger hunt to find various flowers in the garden, potato stamping flowers onto goodie bags, planting their own flowers to take home in little pots, a flower pinata, etc. And then it rained. Again. (Remember C's party this summer?) So we moved the party inside. Again.

At least the kids had cute hats to wear. I made these out of paper I had around, and then fashioned a few more tissue flowers to staple to the side. (I'm pretty fast at making those now!) The kids looked awfully cute in their party hats.

And we somehow came up with enough games to entertain them. Do you remember that great party game where you tie a balloon onto everyone's ankle and then you try to stomp on everyone else's balloon? I remember it being great fun.. the three and four year olds felt otherwise. Bee was the first to cry when her balloon got popped.

But they all perked up for cake. Bee wanted cupcakes this year, with flowers on them. We piped frosting into little petals and laid a Necco wafer in the middle. I cut out a few leaves for them to sit on.

And then the pinata. I hoped to find a pretty flower pinata at the party store, but there were none. So we bought a soccer ball pinata that was white with bits of black tissue on top. We pulled off the black tissue and then covered the entire thing with rows of tissue paper petals. (Special thanks to JR who did most of the work.)

Here it is almost finished. We were hoping it would look like the camellias that have just bloomed in the front yard. I think we came pretty close. We were a little sad to have the kids bash it into a million pieces.

And so, our little one is four! We can hardly believe it. We love her so. Happy birthday sweet Bee.. I'll be praying for sunshine for your next birthday party!

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so adorable! i am so glad you shared! i love that this year b was ready with a theme idea. so fun when it starts reflecting their ideas, too.

02.19.2010 | Unregistered Commenteramy

I love, love, love the party hats.

02.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Kinne

That pinata is gorgeous, B. And I love the hats. And I love that it was all homemade and thoughtful. What a good mom.

02.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterApes

I'm a total fan of your blog--read it all the time. I LOVE the pinata, and the cupcakes, and the hats. Really looks like you were inventive and creative and everyone had a great time--except for the balloon thing. Maybe when she's 8?

Thanks for posting and sharing with us. You really have a nice flair for making the important things of life . . . important.

02.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

a. I love the hats - they remind me of elf caps

b. That pinata is perhaps the prettiest I've ever seen!

02.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMallory

so beautiful and simple. love the pinata! I don't think I could have smashed it, being so pretty.

02.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

What a pretty party for your sweet girl.

And I smiled at your tale of howling kids when their baloons got popped. I think our youngsters are somehow less robust than we were!

02.20.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAli

what a beautiful pinata!
and what a sweet party.
happy birthday to your little girl!

02.20.2010 | Unregistered Commenterabbie

I adore the "homemade" pinata. It turned out so much better then the ugly party shop ones. Great inspiration.

02.20.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Happy Birthday Sweet Bee!

Even if your parties are rained out they are still stunning Brooke!

Sutton will be four in June. I will show her these pictures and see how she feels about a flower party. She is currently wanting a purple princess party... I will do what she wants as it is her party but I would love to do something other than princesses.

02.20.2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Happy birthday little Bee!

02.20.2010 | Unregistered CommenterShokoofeh

How cute!! I love all these little flowers...how beautiful!!
Happy Birthday, little girl :)

02.20.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLillian Chang

happy birthday, bee! i'm dying over that flower pinata.

02.20.2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoanna goddard

So cute. I did a flower theme last year, but it didn't fully get where I wanted it to be. Now looking at your posts, gives me a lot of ideas for next time. Thanks for sharing.

02.20.2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Really beautiful. It takes a lot of effort to put on a birthday party for any age! But I find it's always worth it. You did a great job. Well done. Beautiful.

02.20.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEstelle

Beautifully done! Really liked how the pinata turned out.

I know what you mean, my little one's bday is the first week in December, and I always have to plan for the possibility or rain.

02.20.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

ok i just had to comment first of all i love this party...second have been reading for some time now and a hair client of mine was talking about your blog and i told her i read it. now if i am not mistaken that is her son next to B in the cupcake photo. (the cute one with the curly mop of hair! J and he has a brother H)

02.21.2010 | Unregistered Commenterheather


02.21.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMolly G.

Your decorations are just beautiful!! That pinata is gorgeous. I'm tempted to make one just to hang. Or maybe find a way to make it into a pendant lamp. (Sans fire, of course.)

02.21.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCitricSugar

so fun. happy birthday Bee!

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