Although I am usually against a birthday party, choosing to do a fun family day instead, I finally broke down and agreed to Anna's incessant pleadings to have a party. It was a lot of low-key fun with family and neighbors, and my efforts felt rewarded when Anna announced at 5:01 (the party started at 5:00) that "this is THE BEST PARTY EVER!!!!!"
I went with a Fall theme, gambling on the weather. I was thrilled when the stars aligned to have a dry yard, a cool evening, and a house full of friends even on a week night!
When you have a bunch of hungry kids coming over, you can never have enough desserts!
Playing in the backyard was the main activity of the night, but I also set up a pumpkin-decorating table with glitter glue, paint pens, and a million stickers. It was a huge hit, even with the older kids! I just hope the glitter and paint claims of being washable were true - sorry parents!!
Some of the nibbles, and we also ordered a stack of pizzas!
Anna's party favors - s'mores bags!
Auntie Ally and Cousin Danny were there, of course!
Emily and Rebecca stopped by to say happy birthday!
Grayson, Brooklyn, and Hudson
Bria, Austin, and Jake
All of the kids decorating their pumpkins! You can see Henry and Hollis in there with their pretty mom Elizabeth.
We waited until after everyone had gone home to unwrap presents, and Danny stayed to help!
We had a wonderful time at the party and with all of our friends - thank you everyone, for coming and celebrating our birthday girl!