My oldest daughter is now five! I can't fully comprehend how she got to be that old, that she is entering kindergarten in a few short weeks, or how I'm remotely old enough to have a child in elementary school:)
To celebrate, we hosted a butterfly themed birthday party.
I hung butterfly decorations, which my mom purchased at Pier 1, from the chandeliers in the dining room.
Butterfly clips in the flowers too.
I used the dining room table as the crafts table, since the kids made their own butterfly wings and butterfly finger puppets as the first activity.
The kitchen island served as the buffet for all the food. You can click here to see recipes for all the food we served, know that the food was yummy, and very butterfly-ed.
The champagne and beer were served outside in the orange cooler we bought way back when.
I used little tabs from Target to mark the drink glasses so we could tell them all apart. Not exactly my washi tape party cups, but it turns out I had forgotten to buy more plastic cups for this party!
Our new cantilevered umbrella worked wonders to provide a bit of shade on the deck.
The view was ah-mazing that day.
And I brought out an adjustable height folding table, set up our kid chairs, and that's where the kids ate, and where we did the whole cake thing:)
I did make a few crafty things. My husband is smirking somewhere since he thinks I Martha-Stewart-ed-out on this party. Not even close, my dear. See how calm I am?
You can find the tutorial for how to make baby food jars into sippers in this older post.
Since the kids were eating outside and we had a butterfly pinata, I set up a sunscreen station by the doors that lead onto the deck.
The birthday girl.
My dad, teenage sisters and our baby. This was her first day wearing a clip in her hair, I'm so excited for the hair accessories to come!
More party pics...
The pinata scrum:)
My mom got our daughter an American Girl doll. It's Marie-Grace in case you know about these things, and she is over the moon. I love it since I could coordinate all the grandparents in purchasing accessories for it. I'm hoping this can last a few years:)
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