My Gracie Bear turns 3 tomorrow!
July “fird” as she says :)
It’s her golden birthday which is kind of a bummer since she doesn’t get that concept. But then again I didn’t know about golden birthdays till after mine either and I survived.
This year’s birthday festivities have been SO MUCH FUN. Grace has been to a handful of birthday parties in the past year and has watched kid after kid get presents, eat cake, and enjoy being the guest of honor.
So, when she realized that this was HER party, she was so excited!
The night before the party, I stayed up late hanging crepe paper around the dining room, kitchen, bathroom and her bedroom doorway. When she woke up the next morning and came out of her room I picked her up to wish her a happy “party day” and she saw the paper, grabbed my face and squealed, “Thank you so much for all these things, mommy!”
It was probably the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.
She wandered around the house “oohing” and “aaahing” over all the decorations.
Best $3 I’ve spent. HANDS DOWN.
We went to church, had bagels with Andy’s family and then headed home to finish setting up for the party.
I wanted to keep it low-key this year so we really just set up some tables, hung a banner and some balloons and picked up a bunch of chicken, potatoes and coleslaw from Chicken Shack.
The most effort I put in was making homemade strawberry cupcakes with strawberry royal buttercream frosting. Annie’s Eats recipe in case you’re curious :)
My little princess requested pink cupcakes with pink frosting and pink sugar, so I had to deliver!
The frosting on these bad boys is so smooth and silky and tastes like strawberry ice cream. For real.
I’m always bummed at how the pattern on the cupcake “wrappers” disappears when you bake the batter inside, so I set each cupcake into another wrapper to try to show the princess pattern, but it ended up looking a little goofy. Oh well…
Because I didn’t want to stress out or go overboard I didn’t even take pictures of all of the decor elements which is bumming me out a little, but I got a few shots of the party action and my sweet sister was sure to capture Grace opening her gifts. Here’s a little peek at the festivities (sorry for the poor picture quality)
Overall it was a great day with family coming together to celebrate our sweet little princess. She had a ball playing with her cousins and she was so sweet about each of the gifts that she received. Giving hugs and saying thank you to everyone made me so proud :)
I’m brainstorming what we’ll do tomorrow on her actual birthday and think we’ll keep it simple like pancakes for breakfast, maybe a trip to the zoo (weather permitting) and whatever she wants for dinner which will probably be a PB&J.
I’m so very thankful that I get to be her mom. God’s goodness is evident every time I look into her sweet blue eyes :)