Our favorite mermaid/princess/dinosaur/fairy/bumblebee/superhero recently celebrated her birthday, and we wanted to make sure it was a memorable one for her, so we planned and decorated and loaded the day with surprises:
The best part is that she had no entitled expectations but had some hopeful convictions that were easy for us to execute. Surprise doughnut for breakfast? Check. Balloons? Sure thing. A party hat? Cliche, but an important detail for a 4-yr-old. Chocolate cupcakes with purple frosting and sprinkles? Getting a little specific, but still doable. Mermaid tail for the swimming pool? Fine...I guess we can do that too. (OK, OK, it was the best ever! She saw that it was purple and sparkly, and after that was determined to spend most of the day hopping around in that thing. Major parent win.) And then, in case all that wasn't enough, when she realized her birthday lasted ALL DAY LONG, she nearly burst with excitement!
She had her first party with friends (and some special visitors who totally made her day!) and then we had extended family over for the after party. We were so tired from changing the party last-minute into an indoor instead of an outdoor one, that we were both exhausted by noon. We're a bunch of party animals around here. It was fun to make her feel special and say "yes" to every request to play or dance together and give her all the attention she could ever need in one day.
She had the best birthday ever and didn't want to go to bed because she knew her day would be over. But so many people did so many kind things for her that it made her feel super important, and she's been enjoying the after-effects of the goodness ever since. It was a pleasure for us to watch her wide-eyed enjoyment of everything we hoped would go well for her special day. And, as per her request, we recreated and reenacted many moments from her birthday in the following days to continue to bring her excitement and make her feel special.
Gosh, we love that crazy kid!