There were just too many memories made at Amara’s 8th Birthday and Slumber Party to capture all in one post so I decided to split them up. I hope you enjoy her party as much as we did.
Jenna and Justin had worked hard in advance to make the party a huge success. They got to our house early to do lots of decorating and to get the food and beverages all ready. Jenna had made a beautiful pitcher of lemonade with fresh cut lemons and maraschino cherries in it. It looked and tasted fabulous but the best part was the ice she had made.
She had used small flexible cupcake hearts to freeze the ice cube, each one had a piece of lemon and a cherry inside it, and instead of water, she had used lemonade so it would not get watered down! How smart is my girl? While she got things ready in the kitchen Amara and Justin blew up the balloons and hung the crepe paper. It was going to be a fabulous party.
As each girl arrived, Amara showed them her room here and helped them stow their sleeping bags. Then they went out in the backyard to play on the swing set and wait for the next girl. We had perfect southern California weather. We always have great weather on Amara’s birthday. Since she was having a slumber party, her Mom and Dad had decided not to get a bouncy house this year. That meant they had lots of extra room in the backyard for things like hula hooping and jumping rope.
They worked up big appetites waiting for the pizza to be delivered. They all sat around on the floor eating their pizza, drinking their lemonade, and discussing who was going to fall asleep first. Unfortunately, during pizza one of the girls came down with a very bad stomachache and had to go home. We sure hope she is feeling better.
Pizza was followed by the most yummy birthday cake that Jenna had made. They have always gotten a big birthday cake from ABC Cakes but since there weren’t going to be so many of us this year Amara wanted her Mommy to make the cake. All of the girls raved that it was the best cake they had ever had — made better by the vanilla and chocolate ice cream.
Now that they were nice and full of sugar they all climbed into their PJs and brushed their teeth. Jenna had brought a huge assortment of makeup. She had originally planned for them to have a fashion show but the girls weren’t up for that part. They just wanted a makeover so they would look fashionable while they designed gowns. “We’re all into fashion Grandma.”
The time flew by and one of the Moms arrived to pick up her daughter who was not spending the night with us. We hated to see her go and she was sad when it was time to leave. We used her departure to wrap up the fashion session and to wash faces before the girls crawled into their sleeping bags to watch a little Wallace and Gromit and get ready for sleep. They looked so cute all lying across the front room floor. Grampy and I watched the end of Wallace and Gromit with them and then we went off to bed.
I knew the cats were going to be very unhappy about not having the house to themselves. It is one thing for Amara to come and visit but she was bringing lots of other people with her this time! So in getting the house ready I had taken Twursula’s favorite blanket off of Amara’s bed and put it on the floor in our room. I woke up a couple of times that night and looked down to see her sleeping there. Twiggy slept on our bed all night, and Shebee was nowhere to be found.
I will back with more on Amara’s 8th Birthday and the wonderful adventures from Saturday so be sure to stop back.
This post has been linked to Say it Saturday at Family Home and Life.