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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 stumbled on your blog today... what a great party! I love the transformation of the pinata! Genius!

02.25.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim

You are SERIOUSLY talented!

02.25.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

Ahh so amazing, love the Pinata and cupcakes!

02.26.2010 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

That is the most beautiful pinata I have ever seen, must have hurt to see it broken up. What a great party Bee had, I bet she loved it.
Have a great weekend.

02.26.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEngracia

Aw, this is the cutest thing I've ever seen! I hope you don't mind I blogged about it, I couldn't resist.

02.28.2010 | Unregistered Commenteraudrey

What dreamy colours. The pinata is fantastic - beautiful.

02.28.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCat

The party hats are so cute!

Adorable birthday party theme. And that piñata!! Happy birthday to you little one.

03.1.2010 | Unregistered Commenterpatricia

Stunning! I think I may try this with my daughter and some of her friends. We're all so anxious for spring that I think a spring welcoming party is in order.

03.1.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I actually lived in Korea for a year and a half, and we played that balloon game all the time. You should try to playing it with adults, I love it!

03.1.2010 | Unregistered CommenterShauna

i think that balloon game is for adults with a bit of drink in them! 'cuz i remember it being super fun, too, but now that i'm around little kids all the time...i know they would cry at the first pop, "its not fair!" i hear ya!

03.1.2010 | Unregistered Commentermolly

I adore this party. Gorgeous details and all handmade. Just super!

03.1.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharnel

I love the hats!!! Brilliant

03.2.2010 | Unregistered Commenternancy breslin

I LOVE your theme! The pinata is so pretty & fun, but the cupcakes are my favorite. great job -the party is picture perfect!

03.9.2010 | Unregistered Commentermeg

I love your blog- just found it from Martha's craft blog. Really enjoy your ideas for this beautiful birthday. The pinata is genius and sweet as can be as are the cupcakes. The party hats are just as adorable as the pinata. I really can't say which I think is more adorable.

We have a traditional game we play at all the birthday and Halloween parties for my kids (11 and 4) that reminds me of your game. We put a small candy such as a Jolly Rncher or Starburst inside a balloon, blow it up with air, and depending on the party I make a story of why they have to pop the balloons with their hind ends. It started with a Harry Potter party where they had to pop the balloons to get the dementors to go away but has been adapted to everything from a "ball" theme" party to a "Horton Hears a Who" theme. No matter the age they all think this is ysterical and because the actual "pop" is a little startling, somebody always is a little too timid to pop the balloon and everybody has to chant and cheer that partier on. Such fun and memories to treasure for a lifetime.

03.18.2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanee

Hi! I´m a spanish mother and I love you work. Kisses from Madrid!!!



03.20.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEsther

That pinata is wonderful! It does look like a little bee hive.

03.24.2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin

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

04.3.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBaby Bedding

i just found you via oh happy day and can't wait to peruse the rest of your blog. you are such an inspiration!

04.21.2010 | Unregistered CommenterDesign Darling

this is the most lovely party! i am so inspired!

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