Hello Everyone! Well this past week S turned SIX! I can not believe that we have a six year old. Then again most days I’m shaking my head as it seems more like I have a twelve year old. There are honestly days it seems she’s driving the bus around here! This past year she has grown so much. Having her reading words everywhere we go. Reading step one books on her own. Last night she wrote her note to Joe and I on our valentines wall by herself! Her math skills have the potential to surpass me if she keeps at the pace she’s at. She can be super thoughtful & encouraging over the smallest things; K why don’t you have a few chips of mine? K your heart is getting better by the end of the month you are going to be doing them perfect! Ok so I know your probably now thinking I get it your kids pretty great let’s get to the party! I just had to go off on that little tangent as I rarely do and I’m really proud of her. This year S got Lea Clark for Christmas from Grandma and Papa, if not familiar she was the American Girls Girl of the Year in 2016. In the book about Lea she and her family go to Brazil. So S decided she wanted her party around this and she wanted live animals! Always up for the challenge I got to planning and researching!
First I went to Etsy I always find great party invites, etc. here and at an affordable price. I typically print my own or have them printed at the local print shop. One Love Designs, LLC. is who I used for this party. She had the cutest sloth watercolor amazon looking invites and thank you cards among other items. I have a secret obsession with sloth’s don’t ask questions because I don’t have an answer! LOL! But S really liked them so we ran with it as I do know one thing she is a direct take charge girl but she unfortunately has the indecisive gene from me. When she does decide on something we run with it! Next we had to figure out entertainment! She wanted live animals so I went to a site that I have grown to LOVE! Gigsalad where you can find anything in regards to party entertainment needs. We used this site for Santa this past Christmas as well. We used the company The Animal Express out of Illinois. They were so great and easy to work with. They brought seven different animals including a red fox as well as a hedgehog, a skunk, a albino snake, a tortoise, tarantula, and a ferret which we joked was google mapping its location trying to find an escape route! The owner did a great job telling the kids about each animal and letting them hold, feel and touch them.
On to decorations for the party! With Lea heading to Brazil in her story we tried to create the feel of amazon/jungle/rainforest for the girls to enjoy. I think we did a pretty good job I had a vision of animals swinging from trees by vines as well as a waterfall. Nothing a bit of tulle, a sound machine, craft and construction paper can’t recreate; right?! S was awesome at helping cut out all the leaves. Joe was great at hanging in high places. K was great at testing the swinging capability of the vines! Our friends are HUGE Jimmy Buffet fans and they borrowed us a parrot the size of our front door for guests to arrive to! The library rocks in our town and they allowed us to borrow as many of their large stuffed animals for our decor as well! Point being use your resources!
Now we had to add in a bit of the American Girl side of things as we seemed to have covered the amazon side. So the girls moved to our kitchen where we did pictures of them as American Girls in a cut out from tri-fold foam board and painted dollar store stars with each girls name printed on them. At the table we had the girls set up to make bead bracelets for their dolls which they brought!
Last was dessert! S wanted a jungle theme for her cake and Lea Clark for her cupcakes. What my girl wants is what my girl gets! I’m again not nor do I claim to be the cake boss but I do try my best when requests are made. As far as the Lea Clark side of things I again went to Etsy to Edible Party Images and ordered edible cupcake toppers with Lea’s picture on them and they said Happy Birthday Sidnee. They were perfect! I unfortunately did not take a picture of them😥 For party favors I found cute little bags in S’s favorite color Aqua at Target. We put fun colored clip in hair, adventure note pads and pens as well as S made each girl a bracelet from beads with their name on them!
Well there you have it another successful party at the Lisenby Mad House! Remember birthdays are the one day a year that usually is only about you (unless a twin, triplet, etc.)! So make the day as memorable as you can no matter what your budget the smallest thing can make the day the best one! Cheers🍻