This girl. She is 5 years old. I cannot for the life of me figure out where time has gone nor can I stand the fact that she starts kindergarten - KINDERGARTEN! - in just a few short weeks. My Mary Ella - my sassy, spunky, imaginative, independent, big eyed, curly headed Mary Ella - is 5 years old.
She wanted a fairy party this year so we did just that. We went the simple route - used stuff we had on hand and the rest we bought at the Dolla Tree or on the Dolla aisle - I'm a little party tired, if you can't tell. :)
Mary Ella provided the backdrop for the party - I drew a "fairy garden land" as she called it and she colored it. It included all of her favorite things - fairies, unicorns, butterflies and a rainbow.
We decorated with a Walmart party banner, some balloons, some pictures of my girl and used some funky wrapping paper to cover the tables.
Lucky for me, Mary Ella is a lot like her momma, in that she plans in advance. After her Under the Sea Party last year, she immediately began thinking about her next birthday party and knew she wanted a fairy party. So right before Christmas we found these fairy petal tutu skirts, along with wings, wands and flower petal crowns on the dollar aisle at Target. We snatched them up and brought them home.
On the day of the party, we hung the skirts from the mantle and used our Ikea cart for the wings, wands and head bands. The girls loved dressing up when they came in.
As for food, we provided a small fairy feast - twigs, acorns, berries and grapes, and cake of course.
We cut the flowers out of foam paper from Hobby Lobby and just poked a small hole in them and inserted the straws.
The fairy toothpicks are actually a cupcake topper set from TJ Maxx. We used them for our cheese.
And literally, as luck would have it, on the DAY OF the party I went to Walmart for cupcake ingredients and this was sitting there in the bakery just waiting to be purchased. Walmart saved the day! I did add the Tinkerbell candles (also from Walmart, in the party section), but hey - could it be more perfect for our party? No.
We made the acorns using Hershey kisses, mini Nutter Butters and chocolate chips. Used a little chocolate icing from a squeeze tube to hold them together.
I love this picture of my girl waiting on her fairy friends to arrive.
And arrive they did! We were so blessed to have such a sweet group of school friends join us for the afternoon.
And Miss Khloe, a friend that we'd never met in person, came all the way from New Orleans. She walked in like she'd known Mary Ella all her life and joined right in with the rest of them!
It was such a fun day celebrating and seeing her have fun with her buddies. I hate that most all of them will be at different schools next year but we are going to try to keep in touch with everyone!
On her actual birthday we invited family over for cookie cake and ice cream. Mary Ella wanted to have a "yogurt mountain" style ice cream buffet so we did our best to accommodate her wishes. :)
My ice cream set was a Home Goods clearance score. Love it.
And once again, Walmart for the WIN on the cake. I added the Aurora figurine and a number 5 candle and we were good to go. (Walmart may save me from ever baking again...eek!)
I love Sam's face here; so happy for his sister. He loves her so much.
And I love her face as we were singing Happy Birthday...
... and as she made her wish...
Her cousins and brother helped her open her gift from me.
She couldn't believe it and I love her reaction.
Her first real American Girl Doll.
We chose the classic Molly doll, for a few reasons... she is being retired this year so they won't have her at the store anymore. And my sister and I had her when we were younger. She's also the American Girl I think about when I think of the 4th of July because of her stories (which take place in the 1940's during the war) and because of her "Miss Victory" red, white and blue tap dancing outfit; I always think of Mary Ella as my '4th of July baby' because she was born around then and because I remember so vividly hearing and watching the fireworks while I was in the hospital with her.
So I was proud to introduce her to Miss Molly.
Her daddy also surprised her with a gift (on his own)
A new bicycle (her first!)
He figured it was high time she learn to ride a real bike. She's been pedaling her teeny Minnie Mouse trike up and down the street for so long. Daddy said "Time to upgrade." Maybe by next year those training wheels will be gone!
We are so thankful that God has given us 5 sweet years with this girl. She definitely keeps us on our toes. Happy 5th Birthday, Mary Ella! We love you so much!