When we first asked Jenna, months ago, what sort of birthday she wanted, she said, "A Valentine and cupcake party". Much discussion followed, during which we distilled her preferences down to her great love for all things baking and colors and frosting and pretty cookies and friends. This turned out to be a wonderfully generic backdrop for all manner of rainbowy confection-related ideas. Jenna's party became, much to her delight, A Baking Party.
Cupcakes permeated the theme
But there were also cookies to frost
aprons to decorate and wear,
rainbow recipe books and cookie kits to take home
and all that good company.
We chose the same sequence of events as at Emily's party and did the important things first - we sang to the birthday girl, then had cake
and opened gifts. We enlisted Emily (now a veteran at all this) to help with drawing names from a little bag, to decide the sequence of gift-opening.
And then we did all the "extras" - the games,
and the frosting.
And we had the most gorgeous weather that Saturday - warm enough to enjoy half the party outdoors. In late October! In Minnesota! Without shoes!
Color, sunshine, sweets and friends. Outrageously blessed day.
More posts coming up soon on all the different party elements!