Today is Bridgette’s 5th birthday! We celebrated yesterday with a cowgirl party complete with blow-up pool, pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, and hot dogs. Even though it’s summer, some of her friends from her preschool were able to join us.
I’ve always preferred birthday parties at home. We’ve had great fun over the years trying out different themes. One of my all-time favorites was Juliette’s 14th birthday party, which was Cupcake Wars meets Minute-To-Win-It.
This was Bridgy’s party invitation. Last Saturday, we went to The Urban Agrarian at the Oklahoma City Farmer’s market. My Nikon is in the shop, so I took this picture of my birthday girl with the iPad. She picked out this outfit all by herself.
If you follow me on Facebook then you know, Bridgy is quite the fashionista. She likes to wear boots and hats with pretty much everything including bathing suits. Since my kids have to wear uniforms to school, I decided a long time ago to take a laid back approach to their efforts at mixing and matching clothing. Needless to say, sometimes, they each make interesting choices.
So, I hadn’t really planned to do a cowgirl-themed birthday party, but she was wearing boots and a hat in that picture and she’s got the spirit of a cowgirl, so I decided to go with it.
In the background of the first photo, you can see the homemade pennant banner I made. This was so easy. I just cut triangles out of scrapbook paper ($1 at the Dollar Tree) and glued pre-cut letters to them. (I found them at Dollar Tree, too.) I used a piece of crinkle tie to string them together. I loosely followed a pennant tutorial provided by My Blessed Life.
I’m not that crafty of a person, so the first time I made the banner I spelled her name backward. Haha! I should’ve taken a picture. Except I was crying and I didn’t want you to see my mascara running.
We got the horse balloon and the horse pinata at Party Galaxy, a big party supply store here in Oklahoma City.
For party favors, Juliette helped me layer cookie ingredients in mason jars. We found a dozen for $10 at Wal-Mart. I found the idea off the awesome Bakerella.com Mine is kind of the rough version.=)
You are such a gift to our family. You are one-of-a-kind, with a style all your own. I enjoy being your Mommy very much and feel lucky to have you in my life. You have eyes like chocolate pies and you love ladybugs. You like Squishy Baff and playing with your brother and having your toenails painted by your big sister.
You love Sponge Bob and Rapunzel and playing house and taking care of your baby dolls and sleeping with your favorite blanket, Snoofy. You are a treasure, Super Bridgy, and everyone knows it. Continue to be the person you were born to be.
My Dad always said they threw away the mold when they made him. I think this is true about you, too. One of the presents we got you is a microphone. You’ve been playing with it today and singing a song you picked up somewhere: “I follow my dream!”
There is no one like you in the entire world and there never will be again, so follow the dream that’s in your heart. God put it there and it is meant to be.
All my love,