Today Gracie celebrated her 5th birthday with a party with some of her friends. Her actual birthday is still a few days away, but with Dawit's birthday so close to hers, we wanted to make sure we did something special and fun just for her. At first I planned to have a few kids over and it grew. All the kids came, so we had a total of 14 kids between the age of 3 and 4.
Gracie chose to have a Fresh Beat Band birthday party. It is a show on Nickelodeon. The cast each sing, dance, and play an instrument. Now you see why this was the perfect party for Gracie!! Since the show involves music, I thought it would be fun if the kids made a musical instrument as a craft activity. We gathered little mini water bottles, dowel rods, and beads...and viola! MARACAS!! (come on parents- if you came tell everyone how much you loved that party favor!!) :) Here are a few pictures of the kids making their maracas.
When everyone was leaving, James made sure to remind them to get their maraca!
After the craft, James made smoothies. On the show, they visit the Groovy Smoothie everyday. So, daddy made Chilly Cherry smoothies. Here is the line for smoothies.
I found an edible image of the Fresh Beat Band and decorated her cake. When I was working on it the night before, Gracie said, "I love my cake mom. Thanks for making it for me." She is so sweet. Here is the finished product.
I think the kids had a fun time. A few found the dress up trunk and I guess Gracie showed them my closet because they came down wearing all my heels! That was a funny sight that I wish I had my camera for! It was a really fun day! Here are a few more pictures to show how much fun was had!
Notice the girls shoes below. You can't really tell, But Gracie had on my boots. They go up to her knees and the heel is really high. I can't believe she can walk in them!
Brandi got some Dawit time while I ran around doing party stuff. She never complained...or shared! :)
(we are missing two kids in this pic...not really missing, just didn't want in the picture!) :)
More celebrations later this week. I guess Gracie is having a Birthweek instead of a birthday!
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