well, lucy is now 4... and a half years old (that '1/2' is very important at her age!)... meaning this party took place half a year ago... really, she'll be five in just a couple of short months... i was very pregnant at the time... then ended up on bed rest soon after her party for the remainder of my pregnancy. but my computer broke conveniently right when i went on bed rest and since my husband was busy renoing our rooms before baby's arrival - a new computer was not a top priority. i'm happy to now reminisce about her sweet fourth birthday party <3
lucy had decided she wanted a 'princess and pony party' basically the day after her 'ice cream party'(!)
she really didn't know any of the disney princesses - the only princess she was really familiar with was 'pikku prinsessa' ('little princess' cartoon) - she's fantastic! (this has since changed... after her party she learned all the disney princesses' names and stories...)
since lucy is really into this 'princess phase' - i'm trying to milk it for all it's worth... emphasizing princesses' character traits (cinderalla is helpful and tidy - ha!; belle loves to read and learn; ariel is great at swimming; sleeping beauty sleeps really well -haha!!) rather than their physical appearances - but really, like her mama, she's a visual person and therefore things that are pretty and sweet are what she loves most. so pretty and sweet is what we focused on for her party.
not only is lucy in her 'princess phase' but she very much attracted to all things PINK!!
with that in mind, i kept things simple - most decorations were made using pink and gold pipe cleaners - heart chains, hanging geometric figures (jewels?) and crowns.
we were inspired by this paper castle and made one together for her to play with and display at her party.
the games were cute and of course just right for four-year olds: pin the tail on the unicorn (i drew a dala-horse version inspired by this poster and this stamp ), a rody-horse race (more like little ponies) and a hunt for jewels in our backyard.
at one point we were expecting rain for the day, so i had also prepared little packages with a paper pony craft in case we had been stuck inside - instead the little guests brought them home to complete.
lucy had requested some of her favourite things for lunch: p&j sandwiches, bagels with cream cheese and blt's. for desert she wanted a strawberry-strawberry cake and yes, it sure tasted like fresh strawberries! my mom also made one of her classic finnish desserts - pepes.
for the loot bags, lucy had wanted everything to be 'shiny' (ha!). the one 'disney princess' detail she really wanted was the rings for her girlfriends. for the boys she picked out those little diamond eye toys (what are they called anyway?!... the ones you look through, and everything appears like diamonds). lucy wanted to make her friends something and since she is starting to 'read' books, we made them each a bookmark that lucy painted herself. she had been eyeing ring pops for quite a while so we decided they'd be perfect for her princess party - but because i'm particular about presentation (ha!), i re-wrapped them all in clear paper and tied them with string. some tattoos, bubbles, bouncy balls, stick-on earrings, slinkies, candy necklaces, eraser rings - sparkly and shiny trinkets later - we had our loot bags filled.
for my sweet princess, i made a unicorn doll based on this beautiful photo. i love making things for lucy because she genuinely appreciates handmade items - she holds them, turns them and asks questions about the production process. she already loves to craft and create with her own hands - can't wait to see where this will take her.
though she once declared "i don't want to be anyone's 'princess!' i'm a fox!" - i'm glad to see her happily going through this magical time in her life <3