Many thanks to my husband for all his help and support, to Nicole Peters for brainstorming and all her help with the crafting and cooking, to the Lunsfords and Ethingtons for giving Nicole and Fluffy a ride since we didn’t have room, to all the wonderful people who came and made it such a special day for my little girl, and to Fluffy for joining my family four years ago and making every day since then brighter and better–well, almost every day, let’s be honest.
Fluffy celebrated her fourth year on the farm yesterday! I have learned a lot about hosting a birthday party in the great outdoors over the 4 years I have done so.
1. Balloon ribbons will get tangled and matted in the wind. Use clips all the way up the strand and as close to the balloon as possible.
5. Pick no more than three colors (pink/black/white), no more than three prints (cowprint, polkadots), and no more than three materials (rope, bandanas, glitter) then use them all several times so your party will look cohesive and intentional. Also, I love to break silly, arbitrary rules like that, so I will respect you even more if you find a way to work outside that rule.
Favorite detail of the decorations this year: The twine stitched around the top of the treat bags to close them. This was a detail I didn’t steal from anyone else and actually turned out so nicely, I will have to do it again.
Best bargain: All the rope, the pink cowgirl that Fluffy was crazy about, and the glittered black boots were borrowed from the former ward activity committee chairwoman. They had been used in other applications for the ward chili cook off last year.
Biggest headache saver: Catering from Cafe Rio. I couldn’t fit my whole six-person household in our five-person SUV, let alone all the decorations, cupcakes, stroller, etc., so I didn’t attempt to do the food myself. Thank goodness. With preschool at our house twice this week as well as the ward Halloween party on Tuesday, there simply wasn’t time to prep the whole party and do the food.
Biggest regret: Not having everyone there together for a big photo. I guess this would have been a bit much to ask since we had FORTY-FIVE people there if you include all the infants. We expected a 50-66% acceptance rate, so boy were we pleasantly surprised that 45 out of 47 invitees came–including several dads and moms who took off work for the day as well as older kids taken out of school. Everybody loves Cox Farms!
Scariest moment: When one of the toddlers took off and was M.I.A. for 10 minutes. YIKES!
Best moment: Going on the hayride with everyone. Too many times I have been stuck cleaning up, repacking and schlepping stuff out to the car while everyone else went on the hayride. This year, I did the set up, then Nicole did the cleaning, repacking and schlepping, so I could be with my birthday girl!!! Thank you, Nicole. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Fluffy had such a wonderful time with her friends. She insisted on holding her friends’ hands as much as possible. I love this shot of her with little D. in the haywagon. Cutest little couple ever.