I am so grateful to have such terrific friends. We ended up asking more last minute because we love celebrating with friends. Illinois is a terrific place to have a summer birthday because the weather is fairly predictable and it allows us to invite families over to relax, chat, play, and eat without crowding people into our home. The downside to the humidity is that everyone's faces are always bright red, but that's okay. Ella and her friends had a blast running around and I was so happy to see my good friends again!
Beyond the bike, I'd also purchased a few other small gifts in anticipation of the party. I've also known that our pony-lovin' girl has wanted a pony cake for months. So, we arrived home Saturday evening and I ran out to get ingredients for the cake, balloons, and a fun tablecloth. I've gone all-out in the past, but discovered that a few special touches such as these are all a little one needs to have a memorable party.
We love our wonderful Ella and it's incredible to think that she is already four years old! I love watching her grow and I'm excited to see the changes and growth this year will bring. She's jumped right back into preschool enthusiastically, even with a new teacher, and it will be fun to what her this year.
Here are some photos from our party Sunday:
Just like last year, I am always an ambitious cake maker and always a bit disappointed by my execution. But it's the effort that counts, right, and my 4 year-old loved her unicorn!
Here's a video of Ella's "Big Surprise" Gift. It's short and I love her series of expressions!
Grandma Cathy also threw a fun birthday party for the three August Birthdays in our family during our family reunion! Here's some fun photos for the family: