A Tinkerbell Birthday

I recently posted about how Rory could hardly handle the anticipation of her impending third birthday. What we didn’t tell her was that her birthday party was happening about 2 1/2 weeks before her birthday.

IMG_5262She decided quickly that the only kind of party she wanted was a Tinkerbell party.  Last year’s party was a loud, busy, and crazy book swap party which was a blast.  This year, I wanted to have a smaller party for two reasons: First, Faith and Favor do much better in calmer, more controlled environments and second, I wanted to put a lot more detail and thought into this year’s party so I knew it would be easier with fewer kids.  We ended up going with a cousins only party.  It was still plenty crowded and lots of fun!

When Rory decided on Tinkerbell, the first thing we did was put the invitation together.  Jonathan wrote a great limerick (another one of his superpowers that nobody knows about) and I designed the card using my Silhouette software (best Christmas present ever!!!).

IMG_3484All of the guests were given fairy costumes when they arrived.

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The birthday girl, of course, was given an extra special fairy dress.

I sewed circle skirts for the girls following this tutorial, and I made a fairy “cloak” for our lone gentleman guest.  I made the wings from kids’ wire hangers and white tulle.



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IMG_5284IMG_5256IMG_5341 IMG_5365I made Rory’s dress pattern from tracing a tank top…and just kind of guessed along the way.  The scariest part was that I surprised her with the dress, so I couldn’t try it on her as I went.  Thankfully, it fit just as I had hoped.



The day was full of fairy activities.  We made fairy wands and fairy houses.  The houses were definitely a hit and took a lot more time than I anticipated.  I was amazed that all of the kids were really into it.


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I initially planned to make a fairy house as an example for the kids.  I never got around to it, and I am SO GLAD I didn’t do it.  The creativity that comes out of kids is outstanding and I would have squelched it with my realistic and organized fairy house.

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And then the food.  I love themed party food!!!!!


The “cookie cake”was a hit. It was definitely a time intensive process, but totally worth it.  I made vanilla French macaroons with a chocolate ganache filling.

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We also made “toadstool mushrooms” (marshmallows dipped in colored white chocolate), Jonathan carved Rory’s name in a watermelon (yet another superpower), and no fairy party is complete without ants on a log.

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We sang happy birthday, Rory was thrilled, the kids were entertained for the entire party, and nobody cried (that I can recall).  It was a birthday miracle.



Happy 3rd Birthday little Rory!


Three Years of Motherhood

Rory, our little light-giver turns three today.  I’m so thankful for such a sweet, charming, and lively little girl.  She made me a mother in all the best ways.

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Happy third birthday to our darling light-giver!

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Rory was born on an easy day for us to remember: 8-9-10.

IMG_5121We have been talking about her birthday for FIVE LONG MONTHS.  I made the bad decision to use her birthday to help the twins know when they’re going to start Kindergarten.

Here’s how the conversation goes every single day…sometimes twice a day.

Faith: Mommy, we haven’t started Kindergarten yet.

Me: Yes Faith, I know.

Rory: You start Kindergarten after my birthday!!!!!!!

Me: Yep, Rory. They do.

Rory: My birthday is August 9.  I’m going to be three.  Right now I’m two.

Me: Yep.

Rory: Mommmmmmy!!!!  My birthday is August 9.  I’m going to be three.  Right now I’m two.

Me: Yep.

Rory: And on my birthday I’m going to have birthday cake.  And I will be three!!!!!

And so on…

So I decided last week that we should throw a little last-minute birthday party for Rory.  (I love throwing parties and hate planning, so last minute events are the norm for me.) She decided on the theme, we talked for a long time about birthday cake, I made the invites and put them in the mail, and by the end of the day, the meltdown of all meltdowns ensued.  Rory was beyond devastated that her birthday wasn’t happening that day. She refused to eat dinner and insisted on birthday cake through tears and screams. Wow.  That didn’t go as planned.

The next morning, in effort to avoid daily meltdowns, I got out our craft supplies and we made a birthday countdown chain.  (And by “we” I mean that I made, colored, and cut almost everything while the other kids cut paper up into the tiniest pieces possible and spilled them all over the floor.)

She’s pretty excited about it and I’m going to have to implement these chains a lot more often to avoid losing my mind with constant questioning about future activities.