or a carnival at the very least! Ha!
This was the first year that I was really and truly excited about a birthday party for Alyssa. The first year she wound up in the ER the night of the party and the second we kept it low-key. This year? Was maybe the opposite of low-key. LOL! It was a lot of work and something we may never do again. However, Alyssa and all the other kids had an absolute blast! Truth be told… I don’t think the adults suffered too much either. 😉
We started with a carnival theme. When Alyssa gets ahold of her venting syringe she cracks it like a whip. Somewhere along the line we began joking about her being the ring master! Well, ideas came together and projects were completed and overall there was a lot of fun to be had! Neil used his artistic talent to make a monkey cutout for the kids to put their faces in. We set up a couple of carnival games and a couple of the older kids ran them. All of the food was carnival themed with hot dogs, nachos, etc. The desserts even stuck to the red, blue, and yellow theme! I made a circus ball piñata to round out the day.
Heather came early with her girls to help us set up and it was such a life saver (of course she packed her camera too! HA!)! We didn’t think we’d need much help … and then we found out no one was coming to let us in. Luckily my ever so resourceful mother went door-to-door with me and one of my kind neighbors managed to locate a key to the clubhouse. It put as a bit behind schedule but did nothing to put a damper on the day!
I said in my last post I love having friends with talent who share their talents. My friend Keri is no exception! She and I went to high school together and met up through Facebook after 10 years of not hearing from each other. Well, she is a face painting balloon twister… and MAN! She is AWESOME! She did Alyssa’s party and was a huge huge hit. Thank you Keri!
Alyssa was not so thrilled about the prospect of having her face painted. However, ever so patient Keri miiiight have bribed her with an oreo to get her to allow her hand to be painted! HA!
I love that in that pic you can see Keri’s baby belly! She’s due a few weeks from now! YAY!
Alyssa got some really fabulous gifts! Not the least of which included the funds to get her a Nintendo DSi XL and the tap to talk program (www.taptotalk.com) which I’ll talk about more later. I simply adore the bracelet that she got from a dear friend of mine!
Also, what kid can turn down the chance to rock out on a guitar?! or use a toy cell phone?! or toy keys that are actually metal?! or take pictures with a talking camera?! Yeah, she’s pretty much on cloud 9.5!
We were quite pleased with how the party turned out and the fact that even with oodles of kids underfoot everyone was courteous and got along swimmingly! I’m so so grateful for everyone that came or wanted to come! Our little girl is so showered with love every day and it felt good that we were able to give her a tangible day of that 🙂
At the end of the day… she’s still our little monkey!
Hard to believe our little one is three-years old… even still. However, I’m so grateful that she is surrounded by so many people who love her every day! Thanks for coming out to celebrate with us!