Madison, our #3 grandchild, turned 4 this past weekend. Melissa had been wanting me to throw a special party for her ever since I did Kadence's Pink Princess Party a couple years ago, so I decided this was a good year. I went with a Rainbow Brite theme. All those fun 80s toys are coming back around I've noticed--Rainbow Brite, My Little Pony, Care Bears. Sure doesn't seem like 25 years has gone by, does it? What's cool about putting on a themed party these days is that you don't have to do it ALL yourself. I had wonderful invitations made and emailed to me within an hour of ordering and just printed out as many as I needed. A really special cake topper was mailed out as soon as I ordered it. I even found some themed mini pinatas to use as swag bags as the little girls left. It was a fun party to put together. I had the room all decorated a couple days in advance and I wanted Madison to be surprised. I think it was probably hard for Melissa to keep telling her "No, we can't go to Grandma's now. We have to wait til Saturday!" but Saturday finally came and Madison was obiously pleased.
We pretty much stuck with the same formula as for Kadence's party because it was really just such a winning time. The little girls colored Rainbow Brite pages I printed off the internet as we waited for them all to arrive.
The little girl on the left is smiling so big because she had just asked Madison, "Are you going to be nice to us today?" Madison replied, "Yes, I'm going to be nice." And the little girl had said, "Are you suuuuure?" And everyone cracked up laughing. Ya just never know what you're gonna get with Madison, but we're sure that in the end she'll have been worth it :-)
Then everyone's favorite Professional Party Princess arrived, dressed like a magical rainbow fairy and with little treats for all! :-)
First she did a little face painting on each girl
Then Princess Shoshanna sweetly posed and smiled with each girl so I could make an ornament for them
I ran and made the above mentioned ornaments while she apparently danced with rainbow scarves and ribbon wands. I only know that because when I came back in and saw them being read a rainbow story I saw the scattered remnants (in other words, no one took pics for me)
90 minutes with Shoshanna had flown by, so then we had a mad blast through the gifts
so we could move on to the BEST pink champagne cake in town
And in three weeks, grandchild #4--Jaxson, our token male at the party, is turning one!
I had to come up with the ornament idea at the last minute--I didn't take pics of what the girls took home but used the three leftovers to make some with grandkids' pictures. I was literally out in my studio a couple hours before the girls arrived painting these raw wood stars I found at JoAnn's.
Which gave me the idea--what if we (grandparents) made a different ornament(s) with the kids' photos every year...what a cool tree we would have 20 or so years down the road! I need to stamp 2011 on the white rim of each ornament. That's my good idee for the day ;-)