Yes. I hand made each invite, drawing a map on each one. And yes. I burned and tore the edges to make it look like old parchment. I'm apparently a glutton for punishment. But you guys. These invites were SO cute.
We decided to host her party this year at the same spot we had her two year old party- the Eno River State Park. It's close, it's nice and it's got a potty close by. All requirements for a group of preschoolers. Plus? It kept (most of) the mess out of my house. It also had a covered picnic shelter, which was essential because we're in North Carolina and we never know what season it will be each day. Saturday, it was 70+ and beautiful. Today, we're under a winter weather advisory for ice.
Because I was expecing two doula clients to give birth any day, I wasn't sure if I would have time to do all the party prep the week of her party (remember last year?). So, I spent the better part of the last month collecting things and coming up with games and ideas to bring the Pirate Bash to life. Good thing too. I ended up being called into THREE births (twins plus another) at two separate hospitals on Bea's actual birthday. But by then, the preparations were in place and most of the stuff had been completed.
So, for once, instead of running around crazy the night before trying to get last minute things done, I actually got to enjoy Beatrice Kate's (you know, my ONLY child's) party. And thus, the reason why I have hardly any photos of the event. But I do have a few.
The food, of course, was plentiful and I spent way too much time making signs for the food, but they were oh-so-cute:
Sometime in the last two weeks, my husband as fancied himself a Rib Master and offered to smoke a few racks of ribs for the party. I did not decline his delicious offer:
Cake Wrecks, I think it actually turned out alright:
|Trampoline was not at the party.... this was before. At our house.|
Naturally, there were presents:
It was such a fun day. While I'm a little sad I didn't take as many photos as I normally do, I'm even more happy I got to live the moments with our girl. This probably goes down in my books as one of the most fun days we've had in a while! And one of the most exhausting.