Honestly, the magical thing about this party was how much Lizzie enjoyed it and that friends and relatives that don’t see her very much were able to celebrate this fun day with her.
Poor Lizzie does not like being the center of attention though, so as soon as people started to come and say with excited smiles, “Happy Birthday Lizzie! How old are you today?” She ran away and hid. I do not understand why she does this, because I have never dealt with shyness. I don’t know how it feels to be shy – even as a little girl I loved to perform, tell stories to a room full of people and parties with lots of people thrilled me!
But after awhile she started to be more comfortable with everyone being there and came down to enjoy the party.
It started out with a cook out – hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, deviled eggs and some fruit salad too! I didn’t make the food Disney Princess themed, I am just not that creative. After food was the cake!
My sister in law saved the day! I designed the whole thing, but I have no experience or knowledge of cake decorating or making. Before it was the masterpiece you see here, it looked like the shipwrecked Titanic. She trimmed a little here, showed me where to place the towers and turrets, and told me tricks that I never knew before. One tip I will forever remember – place wax paper in the bottom of your pan when you bake your cake! Another one – the pink tower Cinderella is in was dipped in melted frosting. I never would have thought to dip it in melted frosting without her. Now the 4 corner towers I did all on my own and I am so proud of them! I dipped them in white chocolate and they stuck together very well!
After cake we opened gifts. She was so excited with every single gift. The cutest part of all was when her 3 yr old friend Dawson ran up to her to give her his gift. He helped her open it and you could tell how happy he was that she liked it. It was a small Thomas the Train track set. And when she was done they hugged each other, I just melted, it was adorable!
That dress cracked me up. It has the longest sleeves of the 8 or so dress up dresses I brought for the little girls to play in. And it was hot that day too! But she really wanted to wear that one, not the cool sleeveless ones, the longer sleeved dress. She’s the birthday girl!
At the end of the party we had a pinata! I had planned crafts time – frog visors for the boys and crowns for the girls – but they all wanted to play on the swingset or jump on the trampoline the whole time so we let them. We were able to decorate one visor and a couple crowns, but I could tell the kids enjoyed being outside more.
The pinata is always so difficult to break, so my mother in law weakened it as best she could. She cut slits in it and tried to put holes around it. Thankfully my 8 year old nephew was able to break it! We filled it with fruit snacks, chocolate and 100 calorie pack snacks too.
All in all it was a really fun time! I am so glad her birthday is a year away, I am tired.