|Striking her "fancy" pose|
Alethia knows these books well and loves Fancy Nancy. So, it seemed like an easy choice for a party theme. The party was for Alethia and one of her best friends, Moriah. We had the tea party at the youth building where Anthony works. We decorated the room with rolls of lavender tulle and strands of twinkle lights. We made up the table with a friend's pretty European china set. And we made lots of fancy petite food.
|The birthday girls|
There were six little girls in all. Each guest was greeted at the door with a tulle flower corsage and a pile of fancy high-heels and other accessories to put on. Then, we made tutu skirts (with lots of help from their moms) which all the girls wore for the party and could take home. They had their tea party complete with petit fours and chocolate covered strawberries. Most of the girls opted for hot cocoa or cider in lieu of tea, though. We ended with a fun game of hide-and-seek (one of Alethia's favorites at the moment).
Alethia had been anxiously awaiting this party and it met her every expectation. She had a great time. When we got home, I had saved a few last birthday gifts from family for her to open. Among them, her American Girl doll look-alike. Here's the back story: for months, she has been asking for an American Girl doll. Some of her older friends have them. I feel like they are a bit expensive for a 5 year old girl. So when she received birthday money from her grandparents, I went on-line with her and let her pick out a Madame Alexander doll (much more in our price range) and she even had enough money to get a couple of outfits with her. The deal is that if she takes good care of this doll, then we will consider getting an American Girl in the future. So, her doll arrived in the mail the week of the party, and I saved it for her to open afterwards. She was ecstatic! She has barely put the doll down since she opened her. Alethia has named the doll Emma and changes her daily from her PJ's to her clothes to her bathing suit and back again.
|Alethia & Emma|
All-in-all, 5 will be a birthday she remembers with joy. And that makes me one happy Momma!