Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Lydia's Birthday Party: Friends Edition

Lydia had the first of two birthday parties last Saturday. This party was full of friends; next Saturday, we will celebrate her birthday with family members. As is now our Minneapolis tradition, we reserved Michelangelo's Master Pizzas and let the kiddos loose while parents were able to snack and mingle. This year we added a new element to Lydia's birthday. In lieu of gifts for Lydia, her friends brought books to donate to a local charity via Milk and Bookies, an awesome non-profit that facilitates book donations to kids in need. We collected over twenty books, and Lydia will deliver them to our local Boys and Girls Club this week. Lydia had so much fun at her party, and so did we; singing "Happy Birthday" to our little girl has yet to stop bringing tears to my eyes, and it is so fun to set aside some time to celebrate all that is Lydia.

Goodie bags filled with bookmarks, balloons, and cookies.

Our book donation box.

Craft table for decorating book plates and a Fancy Nancy craft.

Lydia read about decorating butterfly placemats in Fancy Nancy: Tea Parties, so we decorated placemats at her party!

The kids could've crafted for the entire two hours, I think.

Listening (kind of) during story time with Fancy Nancy: Aspiring Artist, a gift from Lydia's godparents, Mikey and Mimi.

A cake per Lydia's request: chocolate with lavender icing and blackberries on top.

Listening to "Happy Birthday."

Holden slept nearly the entire time.
Guests, minus Marit, Avery, Sam, Elliott, and Harrison.

Mike and Britt, aka Mikey and Mimi, and Harrison made the trip from Chicago to celebrate Lydia's fourth!
Lydia and her friend Avery (who was not in the group picture.)
Sam took his spot under the table during the group pic, but I had to document his presence. :)

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