Well, just like that, my Queen B is 4! How did that happen? I was JUST rocking her to sleep at night! I certainly miss my little angel baby, but Gracie has grown into quite the amazing little lady!
Now, don’t let this photo fool you. Gracie is by no means a girly girl! She is obsessed with her big bro, and for good reason. He’s quite amazing. But a big brother means lots of trucks & trains. She’s friends with his friends, eats what he eats, plays what he plays. It’s rather adorable.
BUT, for the first time, a few months back, she started showing an interest in dress-up, princesses, painting nails, and sparkly things. So I decided to capitalize on that and have a princess tea party for her 4th birthday! And BOY-O-BOY was it a hit! She doesn’t have a ton of friends since, as previously mentioned, she’s friends with her brother’s friends. BUT she has a small group of girlfriends her age which was just what we needed for the perfect party! I’ll tell you how I pulled it off!
HOW TO Pull Off The Perfect Girly Birthday Party
- Have a Plan: Pick a theme and plan decor/invitation based on that.
- Set The Table: Little girls (and their mamas) appreciate a good tablescape. Our party was a “Princess Tea Party” so I set the table with pretty mix-and-match china and beautiful flower arrangements.
- Pick The Menu: Keep in mind who’s coming and plan the menu accordingly! For this ‘Tea Party” I made a parfait bar, PB&J tea sandwiches, cucumber and herbed goat cheese tea sandwiches, veggie & cheese platter, and fruit.
- Have an Activity: Since we had little girls, I planned a “Decorate Your Own Jewelry Box” activity. All of the items were set out on their table on top of an adorable paper tablecloth so they could make a mess and it wouldn’t matter! I bought little wooden jewelry boxes, stickers, paint, foam brushes, and washi tape.
- Have Different Serving Stations: I like to spread out the “stations” as I call them. I have drinks in one area, food in another, activity in another, and so-on. I set some plates at the dining room table, kitchen table, and porch. That helps facilitate movement and conversation so everyone isn’t all crowded into one room!
- Make/Purchase a Party-Themed Favor: I made adorable teacup sugar cookies as the girls’ favors to take home. Now, if you’re not a baker, go to your local bakeshop and grab a couple of cookies that match your theme! Wrap them in cellophane bags and tie with ribbon. Perfect and EASY!
Now, don’t forget the cake! My mom is the most incredible cake decorator. She used to do it for a living. Now she does it for my kids :o)
What a memorable party! I hope Gracie had as much celebrating her 4 years on this earth as I did! Happy birthday to my sweet and sassy Gracie Girl!