Rowan turned six on Thursday and on Saturday we threw her dream party - Because when your five and a half and you have to spend a month in a hospital with a life threatening disease, you get whatever you want. Rowan has overcome so much the last six months that she deserved it all!
And you guys, I threw a party and remembered to take photos!
We had been discussing a ice cream party for awhile now and it was so fun working with Rowan to put it all together. I tried to stay away from Pinterest as much as possible and just sort of let it unfold based off of things she liked and different things I saw here and there that I wanted to incorporate.
She handed out the most fabulous one-of-a-kind invites to all of the girls in her class along with some of her best friends from preschool. She really has some great friends this year and they all got along so well. I tried to keep the "look" simple and stuck to just decorating the table - it's too overwhelming trying to cover the whole party area and usually more money then I want to spend.
I ordered a roll of chalkboard contact paper and a white chalk pen so that I could create a fun table runner. I doodled and labeled until most of the roll was covered then placed all of the table items accordingly. Since it was a ice cream party we did eight different topping, three syrups, and three cone/bowl choices. I didn't expect so many would choose a cone over a bowl so a lot of the toppings didn't stay on too well, oops!
For over the table I had so much fun creating the paper chain chandelier. I forgot how much work paper chains were and after weeks of working on a just a couple strands I broke out my glue gun and was able to finish in one night (I was using Elmer's before). I just used two packs of card stock from Michaels in colors Rowan chose and using my paper cutter sliced out each color in different lengths and widths. It turned out so cool we decided that I will rehang it in the girls room after we're done enjoying it over the kitchen table.
As usual our most awesome cake lady Denise made my vision a reality, in fact blew it out of the water. She always create the most one of a kind cakes for my kids, I would be sad if the tradition of hiring her ever stopped. She isn't even an official pastry chef - We were introduced through my good friend and she has been creating our cakes since Stella's first birthday.
We surprised Rowan with a face painter, who was actually a gift from our good friends Dylan and Amy. It was such a wonderful treat and a much better option then cheap favors if you ask me. There wasn't a request she turned down and she was happy to oblige four hello kitties even. I even got my face painted - How could I not?
Rowan ended the day telling me this was the best birthday she has ever had and was all smiles from ear to ear. I don't do big parties like this often but it is sure fun when we do!
I'll let the photos do the rest of the talking...