Planning for Emma's 4th Birthday party actually began when we were at a friend's baby shower. The theme was woodland/forest and I was looking at all the cute decorations and thought this would be perfect for Emma's birthday. So I approached the host, we made a deal for me to purchase the decorations and I began pinning party ideas that were related to children's woodland birthday parties.
First up - party invitations. Can't believe I have not figured this out earlier...invitations on Etsy! So glad the host of the baby shower mentioned it to me. You pick the one you like, place your order, they e-mail you the digital copy, and you print at home. All for a very reasonable price. Here was Emma's by Printable Candee Designs.
Next came the decorations. I was more than excited to be reusing decorations from the baby shower including the banner that I just put new letters on.
For Dustin's First Birthday Party I had planned some children's games for the older kids in attendance. They were somewhat of a disaster so I was a little nervous to plan some for Emma's party. I'm certain the kids would have been happier to spend time on
our play structure but I organized everybody (including some parents
who were very good sports!) to go on a nature walk. Emma kept saying
her favorite part was the nature walk so I hope the kids enjoyed it! The
nature walk ended with painting bird houses and a little pin the eyes
on the owl.
We'd already had two birthday cakes so this party got owl cupcakes.
recipe. I found I had to add a little more bird seed than what the recipe called for and I greased the inside of my cookie cutter with some lard but other than that they worked perfect.
And of course, no party would be a success without the help from my fantastic family and friends (and parents who stayed for the chaos!) - everything was covered-crafts, food, and clean-up. Thanks for all your help and generous gifts for Emma! We are so grateful for the love you surround us with everyday!