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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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i love it!
i love the pinata!
i love the hats!
i love the pictures!

this blog makes me so happy.

02.22.2010 | Unregistered Commentermadesweet

what a charming party! i hope that your little one has a fantastic 4th year.

02.22.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

Love the Camelia pinata. Gorgeous.

My littlest on turns 4 in a couple of weeks. I think I'm in denial.

02.22.2010 | Unregistered Commenteremily

the picture of her getting ready to blow out the candles is the greatest. happy birthday bee!!
also! you have a yard! with camellias in bloom in february! i still can't wrap my head around it, brooke!

02.22.2010 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

Just beautiful!!!

02.22.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLise

thanks for sharing. how sweet. you are so creative, you have such simple beautiful ideas. happy birthday to b.

02.22.2010 | Unregistered Commenteramy

Beautiful party! Lately ours have been rained out as well, or I had melting 4 yr olds in my backyard this past June! I'm not sure which I like most about my kids parties...romanticizing them (dreaming of beautiful kids frolicking and blissful) before the big day or the actual real party. :)

02.22.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJust Deanna

That pinata is so adorable - everything looked absolutely perfect. I love how you always make everything look so simple!

What a lovely party - the hats are my favorite. We just had our 3rd birthday party and I'm already excited about next years...perhaps a flower party.

02.23.2010 | Unregistered CommenterHelen


02.23.2010 | Unregistered CommenterConscious Kids

i love everything about this post. it looks like an incredible party. great job!

02.23.2010 | Unregistered Commenterwishful nals

soooo cute! love the hats, pinata and those super cute cupcakes.

02.23.2010 | Unregistered Commenterjackie

That pinata is so perfect! I am absolutely loving it. Sorry for the rain, I know there is so much more you can do with an outdoor party. I'm sure it was just as fun for the kids though!

02.23.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

The flower pinata is so sweet and classy! My mom used to make pinatas for our birthdays when I was a kid, so I'm looking forward to doing the same for my kids someday. My favorite one was Little Miss Sunshine -- although it felt cruel to beat her with a baseball bat! :(

02.23.2010 | Unregistered Commenterr8chel

I just stumbled upon your blog...

happy birthday to your daughter! what an adorable pinata, hats... and gorgeous cupcakes. what a lucky girl <3

02.23.2010 | Unregistered Commentermarisa

What a gorgeous party!! Loved your beautiful cupcakes - so pretty!! x

02.23.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

So fun and lovely!!!!

02.24.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJill

May I ask about party favors for the party goers? My little girl is turning 4 in just a few days and I'm at a loss as to what's appropriate for the little bitties that will be attending her party.

02.24.2010 | Unregistered Commenteremily

Oh my, those Necco centers are inspired! (And the whole she-bang, smashing, of course). My favorite, though, is that blurry shot of every last child, which is the true mark of a successful 4 y. o. birthday party, no? A most happy birthday, Miss Bee!

02.24.2010 | Unregistered Commentermolly

Those cupcakes look divine. And the pinta turned out beautifully.

02.24.2010 | Unregistered CommenterNathalie

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