Sunday, November 3, 2013

Beatrice's 4th Birthday Party

I've said it here before, I hate party planning and event hosting. I love my friends and I love being hospitable, but the stress of preparing everything gives me anxiety. I can't breathe thinking about all of the things I must accomplish for the big day. The weeks and days before an event at my house are not calm ones for me.

Last week planning and prepping Beatrice's 4th birthday party was no different. But, after working late into the night stringing hundreds of tiny glitter circles into garland, rolling numerous sheets of uncooperative tissue paper into tassels, and experimenting with food coloring drop by drop to achieve the perfect pink buttercream frosting, it all came together.

The details:

Nacho bar (chips, hot cheese sauce, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, black olives, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, diced chicken)
Hot apple cider
Assorted Jones sodas
Bottled water
Juice boxes
Cupcakes with homemade buttercream
Barbie cake 
Jump house
Fire pit for marshmallow roasting

I made all of the decor except for the table cloth. It was a real labor of love. I found some ideas on Pinterest, but most of it came from my brain. I started with the gold and pink straws and everything branched from there. Gold and pink glittery and shiny things have covered my dining room table for weeks, just waiting to make their debut at Beatrice's party. I love how it all came together. 

I also made all of the food. I love nachos and thought it was the perfect party food for a 3 o'clock event. I'm not sure about the kids, but us moms LOVED the nacho bar. There were hardly any leftovers and I made a ton of food. 

It was a costume party so all of Beatrice's friends came dressed up as princesses, super heroes, and Peter Pan. The kids jumped in the bounce house, drank soda, and roasted marshmallows. 

It was a lot of work (it took me 2 days to clean up!), but Beatrice had a great party. I'm so happy she enjoyed her day, but I'm so glad I don't have to plan anything for another year!

I love this 4 year old with my whole heart. 

Photos by my talented friend, Natasha Dawn Photography


  1. The party turned out beautiful, would never of guessed that it wasn't something you loved to do :) Can you believe we have 4 year olds?!

  2. Happy Birthday sweet Beatrice!!! xoxo

  3. Happy Birthday sweet Beatrice! xoxo