Since she seems to display a love of all things crafty, I booked a room & instructor at Miche*al's Craft store for a few hours in the morning. I brought some decorations to match the craft being done (a kid-sized apron with butterfly stamps) as well as some very special treats for her and her friends to eat. Her older brother came as well as her BFF, Lacey, and a new friend from homeschool co-op, Sarah (nice and simple - just the way her momma likes it!). The room was spacey and we were given plenty of time for the kids to work on their lovely aprons (goodness did they love this craft) while this momma got some grown-up girl talk in (as well as time to oogle Joyful Mama's newest princess....sigh - I heart babies!).
"Mommy! We can't eat these - we have to throw them away RIGHT NOW!" in regards to the first thing unwrapped - an 8-pack of Rees*es PB Cups! I wanted to crawl in a hole but instead reminded her that we could in fact freeze them for later (and by 'later' I mean, whenever Aunt Becky can get herself over to take them off our hands and enjoy them herself). That faux pas behind her, she gladly accepted the bounty of lovely presents brought for her all the while smiling and posing for the camera (she's gotten quite "America's Next Top Model" about this when the camera's around - lol!) and giving hugs and thanks. She received quite a few crafty kits, a gorgeous handmade tote & hair scarf, magnetic 'paper' doll, puzzles, and her first 'Darbie' doll (having never had a Barbie, this is what she thought we all called it). Jefferson bought her a bracelet with his own money and was so excited to see her open it. DH and I got her some dress up clothes (because every girl needs a tutu and sparkly pink shoes to go with her fairy wings) and a bead bracelet kit.
When we returned home from her party, Nana and Grandpa were up from MD and showered her with more gifts & attention. She could hardly take it all in, especially with the huge influx of sweet treats and was surely a tired birthday girl by the end of the day.
She told me, however, that this was her "best birthday ever!" Bighappymommysigh......