Everyone handles birthday parties differently. In the cozy brick house, our children have a 'friend party' on their even birthdays beginning when they turn four. We celebrate their big days as a family every year but I've learned waiting until they're four to have the first real friend party makes the most sense. All the guests are potty trained, have overcome separation anxiety from their parents and are all around more capable of enjoying the games and activities.
Since Audrey Mae turned four this year, she invited all the little girls from her church class over to our house for lunch and dancing (her favorite activity) to celebrate.
My little four year old was a HUGE part of making the decorations. Anything you see that's been painted was created by Audrey herself.
I dyed white party streamers to go with the watercolor theme.
The only party activity I planned was dancing. I turned up Audrey's favorite dance music, handed each of the guests a ribbon wand and moved out of the way. The girls LOVED it! The ribbon wands were very simple to make and were a big hit.
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For lunch we served heart shaped peanut butter and jam sandwiches, fruit and crackers. We also had beverages that fit into the color scheme. The one in highest demand? The pink lemonade, of course.
I baked Ina's Coconut Cupcakes for dessert. They're a favorite in our family but I think Audrey's guests would have been happier if I would have omitted the coconut from the recipe. Needless to say, we had a lot of cupcakes left over.
At the end of the party each of Audrey's friends took home a ribbon wand + a little watercolor kit.
This party is right up there with my favorites. It was really low key. I loved creating the decorations with Audrey and seeing her happy smile when her friends started dancing. Plus, I think I spent a total of $25 for the entire event. Favors, decorations, food, invitations, everything. Doesn't get better than that!