September felt fast and furious and full of change. In the midst of it, my baby girl turned 4. I can't quite figure out if it is the pregnancy hormones kicking in or if it is just part of the natural process, but watching her growing up so quickly is becoming more and more difficult.
We celebrated Dylan's birthday with an ice cream party. You can't tell by the pictures, but we were actually experiencing a week of relentless rain. At the last minute, I moved the party to an indoor location. Thankfully, we also had access to a grassy area just outside the door. This was pretty critical for a bunch of young children strung out on sugar. For future reference, an ice cream sundae bar, cake, and a pinata stuffed with candy produces a bunch of really hyper children. Be prepared for absolute chaos.
Dylan fell in love with the whole idea of pinatas last May, when her pre-school celebrated Cinco De Mayo by making their own pinatas. She loved them even more when she attended a friend's birthday party early this summer and he had a dinosaur pinata. Just look at her expression when she received a picture of her with the pinata at that party.
Dylan likes pinatas so much that when she got to choose a reward for filling up her sticker chart, she picked a pinata. Thankfully her birthday provided a good opportunity for me to pay up on my obligation. We found this pinata at a cute little shop on Etsy, Miss Suzi Q Creations. From what I could find, she had the highest quality pinata's for the price.
I designed and printed her invitation with the idea of actually incorporating an ice cream cart into the party. Reality set in and I quickly realized that it was not practical nor did my budget allow for the purchase of a vintage ice cream cart.
The other idea that got cut at the last minute was incorporating an idea I saw on Kinfolk. Her party was originally going to be held outside in a gazebo. I wanted to string the ice cream flower bouquets between the posts. The biggest obstacle was trying to figure out how to string them without being top heavy. After much trial and error, I ended up coming up with a loop system. However, when the weather started to turn against us, I decided it wasn't worth the time or money to invest in a bunch of flowers that may or may not be used.
The one thing that actually happened was the cake. Her masterpiece was created by Cakes by Susan. The week before her party, Dylan told me she wanted a princess party instead of ice cream. Susan graciously eliminated the cherry and added the tiara to the top to make it more princess-like.
There were a lot of last minute changes to her party, but all in all it was a success. It wasn't my typical all out party affair, but I will blame that on the pregnancy too. I am pretty sure Dylan or her friend didn't even notice the missing ice cream cart, flowers, or princesses.