So I gave in and started planning it. But with her constantly changing mind, I really didn't do my normal party etiquette. I was actually quite ashamed! Instead of sending out proper paper invitations 2 weeks out, people got a text message the day I finally picked a date. Even my sister made fun of this very out of character move! I can't stand last minute text invitations to birthday parties. I never really understood them because, come on, you know your kid's birthday is coming and what you are going to do before a week out. Except apparently sometimes you don't. Ha! Literally over breakfast Saturday morning I caved to her party requests, looked at the calendar we had one Saturday available the one 7 days away, and started planning it.
When Sarah started naming all the people she wanted at her party I decided to change from just taking her and Jessie to Sweet and Sassy and I found a face painter on facebook. I sent them a message to get a price quote and as soon as they confirmed they were free for the date I sent out the text messages inviting people to the party. Classy. The one good thing about such a short turn around to the actual party is I kept it pretty low key. No crazy decorations. No personalized water bottles. I spent about $5 on decorations at Walmart and while I was there I bought fairy wings for the girls and ordered pirate swords for the boys online. Done and done. With the late notice on the party we had a small turn out which was fine since we don't have a home conducive to throwing parties.
The facepainter, Ms. Janine did a fabulous job! I sent her a message saying it was a fairy/pirate party so she could bring examples of that for the kids and she even came in costume. I was impressed. She was very talented and great with the kids. Even Cody let her paint his face and he normally doesn't go for that.
Butterfly Princess Tinkerbell Sarah
Pirate Cody! Arrrg.
Cody was so funny, after everyone got their faces painted he referred to them by their face paint and their name. Pirate Wy-Wy. Spiderman Jack.
Jessie, Sarah's best friend. She was waiting on her nails to dry. I put pixie spray in the girls hair and painted their nails for them with the princess nail polish Sarah got for her birthday from Susan and Steffanie.
Fairy Sophia with Addie Beth in the back.
Unfortunately, the date of Sarah's party conflicted with the H's pinewood derby so they weren't able to make it. Grandpa Schwartz also had to miss for that same reason. And that left us with some extra time with Ms. Janine so I teased Chris that he needed to participate and that Sarah got to pick.
Sarah picking out Chris's face paint.
He's such a good sport.
Sarah and Chris
The whole rest of the party every time I looked at Chris, I laughed and then felt a little sorry for him. I probably should have talked Sarah into letting Chris get the pirate face like the other boys. Oh well.
Then while we waiting on our last guest to arrive Em got her face painted. After the party we went to CFA to get lunch and as she walked past a table she heard a girl tell her mom, "I want face tattoos like that lady!" Ha!
Best attempt at a group shot.
Singing Happy Birthday to Sarah.
Blowing out the candles.
New record for how many kids we crammed around the picnic table.
Cupcakes and Kool Aid pouches, yum.
It's what Sarah wanted to serve.
She was very specific that she wanted the Tinkerbell cake from Wal-mart.
Then it was time to open some presents!
Magic Clip princesses from the movie Frozen. Sarah's current favorite.
I like these new magic clip princesses way better than the rubber dress ones because she can actually change their clothes herself.
Addie Beth and Jack gave her a flying Tinkerbell doll. Thankfully she's not strong enough yet to pull the zip chord hard enough to get Tink to fly. Otherwise she would have already been hit in the face multiple times. She can only get Tink to spin on the base.
a baby Ana doll. She LOVES this thing. It is her current must carry every where with her toy.
Cody checking out Ana.
Opening all the new cute clothes from Grandma and Grandpa Schwartz.
Cody had a mini melt down during presents. Thankfully, this isn't Grandma's first rodeo and she brought something for Cody to open too. They found the other 2 pieces that go with the wall ramp we bought Cody for Christmas. It took Chris 2 tries, but he finally got the whole thing put together and it's glorious. The kids love it! I'll try to video it later to show it off in all it's glory. But the little meltdown is why his face paint got smudged up.
Sarah and Cody
Happy Birthday Sarah! Now can we quite talking about birthdays for the next 6 months at least?
The answer to that is no, no we cannot because sure enough at breakfast Sarah started helping Cody plan his next birthday. Ahhhhhh!