Tuesday, November 16, 2010

All Girls Momma!

Devi, the Birthday girl turns 4

While one small princess drifted off to dreamland the eve before her birthday party, the house became a flurry of activity as Pat and I brought the Ross kingdom to life. At Devi’s request, a Princess party - “All girls mom, no boys” - was planned to celebrate her entering her 4th year.

As usual, these themed events have a way of taking on a life of their own as the creative side of Pat and I are sparked and the party, once geared for a 4 year old, becomes an outlet for the adult exploration. For the past couple of weeks, long after Devi had gone to bed, we have been secretly having a blast creating a castle, puppets, games and treats in our basement. Much to Devi’s surprise, our house was decorated for royalty when she woke up on the morning of the party. I absolutely love that breathy awe and wow that follows when surprising little kids. It makes it so worth every bit of the effort.

The air was magical on party day, as 8 mini princesses entered our home in their glitter and finery. Devi had been practicing her curtsies and twirls wearing her new princess dress in the mirror long before they arrived and was ready to greet her guests. I had to laugh as each of the girls, whom I know from Devi’s school, arrived in character dressed as the beautiful princesses that they all are. It was so cute.

Our party was designed to help these budding girls learn the qualities that a true princess must possess and with each activity they earned a gold nugget candy to put in a wrist bag to mark their accomplishments. We expressed our “friendship” through hugs and posing for a group photo whilst holding hands. They showed “bravery” while tossing apples to a hungry dragon that had wandered into our living room. Music brought out their “grace” while twirling and dancing with scarves. The “kindness” of kisses were given to our troubled frog who magically turned into Prince daddy after much kindness contemplation. He helped them to engage their “brains” while focusing on the reading of “Do Princess Really Kiss frogs”. True princess “manners” were discussed and displayed throughout lunch which consisted of the guest of honors favorites - PB an J in crown shapes, mac-n-cheese, and magic wands made of fruit. “Sharing”was the attribute in play while meeting our puppet friends, Pricilla the princess and her prince Henry, Aneil and Asha, the Indian prince and princess and lastly Oscar, our friendly pet dragon. After showering Princess Devi with gifts, the girls demonstrated their ability to carry the sweetest of tunes while “singing” the birthday song, earning their last gold nugget. Devi required some help blowing out all four candles and invited her guests to give a blow, which was very cute.

The Cinderella carriage that Devi really hoped for.

The cake from Blue Vanilla Bakery - my friends new store!

One of our gifts to Devi was the table cloth castle and puppets I made.

As each guest left, they showed me a glimmer of the gold in the bottom of their wrist bag which entitled them to a “happily ever after” prize of goodies to take home. Soon thereafter, our little princess drifted off to dream land, napping in her princess gown with her hair still up in a royal bun! When she awoke, she threw her arms around my neck and said, “Thank you for the Princess party mom. It was so great!” which naturally melted my heart.

The Old Spaghetti Factory was her choice for dinner on Monday, her actual birthday. She wore her crown and announced to anyone who would listen, “It’s my birthday. I am four. On my next birthday I will be five. I’m gonna be a big sister.” We had to finally squelch her enthusiasm when she started yelling this trivia to people seated at tables outside of earshot. Once home, we opened a few gifts from us and a couple that had come in the mail with our friends DiAnna and Tim. Tim brings a bouquet to Devi every year, a tradition that he started with his own girls now grown. She thinks it is quite grown up and so therefore it is really cool.

Posing with her favorite toy, new nightgown and twirling skirt.

Falling into bed was an understatement with all the celebrating that had been done, but soon after saying our good nights, a huge wind storm blew in and we lost power for the first time in 14 years since living in our home. As soon as the night light went dark, Devi let out a blood curdling scream of terror. I dashed up the stairs and rescued her, having not heard this kind of cry from her ever before. We made camp around our fireplace and got everyone calmed down when “John-boy Walton” arrived. “Good night mommy...I love you....sleep well....have happy dreams." Later I heard, "It is okay, Mother Nature, I forgive you for being so mean. Why did you make Mr. Wind so mad?" Honestly, I had to bite my lip in the darkness as I listened to her continue to lull herself to sleep.

Another favorite gift...a unicorn pillow now named Mckenna.


Shad and Maggie Alsworth said...

Looks like a great time! You should be a party planner Julie! Great job!

Cindy said...

Wow! You guys know how to PARTY!!! I love this post Julie...Happy, happy birthday to Miss Devi....I love to hear Devi stories. Great pics as well.

Peter and Nancy said...

I love the way Devi talks -- everything (weather included) has intentions and a personality! Anya Rashi does the same thing. :o)

What a wonderful celebration for your equally wonderful girl! Happy 4th Devi!
From your friends,
Nancy and Anya Rashi

Our Family of 5 said...

WOW,looks like a FUN PARTY to be at!!! Can I ask you to plan Bailey's party on DEC 11th!! He wants a soccer party,any ideas? The cake and castle are awesome and the puppets are the cutest!! Tell Devi she is a real princess!! Gidget

Anonymous said...

Again you amaze me at the detail you give in your description of everything---the party sounds delightful and every little girl's dream.Just think next year you will have two little sweeties to play dress up with...(o:

Emily said...

Happy Birthday day Devi! And way to go to you and Pat for being exceptionally creative and crafty! Who wouldn't love a princess party with a castle and dragon and frog that turns into a prince?? It's lovely to see how much fun you and Pat have together :) I will continue to take note of your imaginative birthday ideas. Emily

The Pfeiffer Family said...

WOW! What an amazing party! Can I come to Devi's party next year :-)....okay maybe Alesha can and then I can experience it too...LOL You and Pat sure know how to plan a party right down to the very last detail. You can tell by Devi's face that it was everything she could have asked for and more. What special memories she will have for years to come. Can't wait to see her baby sister at her 5th birthday party!

April :-)

Beth Shepherd said...

Wowzer. I wanna be a princess too! Love the party ideas (especially their involvement) and where did you learn to make puppets like that?! Awesome.

Nikki said...

She is so sweet ...happy birthday!

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