Abigail turned ten! TEN!!!
We celebrated with our little family on her birthday.
(that post is back here)
But on the following weekend we crossed our fingers and hoped for sunshine. So that the tradition could continue. A birthday party in our backyard under the birthday tree... well, it's just magic to me.
I found this dress and knew in an instant that we should have a rainbow theme.
And since Abigail knows and love the song from the old Muppet movie, I knew she'd go for a rainbow theme. (song for the party... you've got to listen. Remember it?)
I took some pictures at Elizabeth Park just when the tulips were at their peak.
Oh how I love this girl so very much.
A little photoshop magic and we had a rainbow in the background. Perfection.
As much as I plan out a birthday party before the event, there is always so much to do on that day. We alllllll work together to make it happen!
I cut and arranged a rainbow of flowers the evening before,
and started baking.
The birthday tree. It's the start backdrop of every single birthday. This year Scott created a rainbow canopy. And it was stunning.
Anna happily took charge of the Rainbow Photo Booth.
While I got the birthday girl ready.
Now what's super fun is that we didn't let Abigail see any of the decorations until moments before the party when it was all set up. And then Anna opened the back door and out she ran!
Anna tried out the photo booth just to make sure before the guests arrived. (she took pictues all afternoon of Abigail and her friends in front of this backdrop. She used her instant camera and everyone got to take home their pictures!
A rainbow of goody bags.
And then the girls in her class arrived.
And the fun started!
We started our first activity which was a painting craft.
with a rainbow of paint
Oh her nails!
I stole her for just a few seconds in the photo booth.
Rainbow necklace making.
Before we knew it, it was time for cupcakes and candles.
I love that she's surrounded by all of those girls who surround her all day in school.
The girls decorated their own cupcakes.
with a rainbow of sprinkles.
And at the food table we had a rainbow of yummy things. This rainbow of fruit was devoured by the girls. Yum!
And I made rice cristy treats using Fruity Pebbles for more of a rainbow look.
And in the last half hour we took the rainbow parashute down and played so many games that had our birthday girl laughing and laughing.
Love them holding hands.
In between my Mom and Dad
And underneath when it made a big bubble.
She said goodbye to all of her friends and we had catered Mexican for our family party.
And cake for the family party.
This time surrounded by her sister and cousins.
She opened presents and we relaxed over tea and coffee.
My parents had just returned from a trip to Ireland and brought these back. So lovely.
I love birthday parties. Big ones. With lots of color. I love the planning, the dreaming. I love putting it together. But most of all I love this little girl, now 10! She has blessed my life in more ways than I could count. She is the sunshine in my life.
Happy Happy birthday sweet Abigail.
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