Most every 4 year old dreams of being a princess, and mine was no exception. “A dream is a wish your heart makes” according to Cinderella but sometime those dreams can become a reality when your godmother is a party planner and your mom is willing to throw in some fairy dust.
Thanks to our friend Julia at A Little Bee Told Me, invitations were fit for royalty.
Where shall a princess and her friends play? But in a bouncy house castle of course. Having a birthday in May and a yard with lots of green grass allowed for us to spread out and fill the yard with fun. Every year we cross our fingers for good weather and just as a princess wants our princess got a beautiful warm and sunny day.
*I just love this picture the princess and the king giggling over static hair.
We had just moved into our new house and with such sparse amounts of furniture; it worked out making the perfect space for a royal banquet table on our screened porch. Accented with pink and yellow everyone dined on pizza and anything with individual packages. Juice bottles that had sleeping beauty tops were available for all. Wooden pink pails were filled with applesauce, fruit snacks, and yogurt tubes. Wooden pails are available for purchase thru my Etsy store. The pink ones are now used in her room for holding, hair elastics, jewelry and personal care items. Click here for shop listing.
The birthday girl requested cup cakes for her friends and I was happy to oblige, again individual packaging. Moms love individual packages for 4 year olds; it’s easy they are less likely to spill it and they won’t take one bite and ditch a whole plate full. The beautiful cake for the family party was made by Mad Hatter Bakery, and cookies shaped like the number 4 were made by my mom.
Another parent favorite is leaving presents for after the party goes have headed home. At this age they are often distracted by one really cool gift and everyone else is left watching their wrapped gift just sit and wait. Also sometimes feeling of friends can be hurt if their gift wasn’t their favorite. We always try to ask if there is a gift that the giver would like to see them open for example grandparents, or guests from out of town. If you choose to wait they can be opened later that day or even all week long allowing you to know who each was from, and enjoy the gifts as they are opened.
Each royal guest decorated a pillowcase with fabric markers and puff paint. We did our craft at the beginning of the party and hung them to dry; so by the end they were safe to take home.
A dream come true to all and a special little girl that will embrace being the magical age of 4. Let’s stop here little girl and not grow up anymore. love, Mom.
Part 7: Playing in the Park
What fun and busy days we had. We aimed to be at the park for opening each day and earlier, as we were, on property guests. Most days we made it; some days it just wasn’t in the cards and we were there shortly after the gates opened. Still each day was packed with all the fun the Mouse could offer.
MAGIC KINGDOM: So magical. Nothing beats the look on your daughter’s face when she sees Cinderella’s Castle for the first time. I’m so happy I had read, to make sure I position myself to capture this picture
EPCOT: Never disappoints. It was the Food and Wine Festival when we were there and it made even the adults smile ear to ear. Still one of my favorite fireworks displays.
HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS: Rides, rides, rides. This is where my favorite rides are. The older I get the more I LOVE real rollercoasters. The Aerosmith one is a blast!
ANIMAL KINGDOM was tons of fun for the older kiddo who enjoyed the Wilderness Explorers hunt. We grabbed a book at the front and used it all day long.
DISNEY SPRINGS: The girls split off from the guys for an afternoon at Bippity Boppity Boutique at Disney Springs. I’ve heard that both locations are great; the one at Cinderella’s Castle is harder to get into, but as first time visitors we had a great time. We than caught up with our guys for dinner at Disney Springs for an unforgettable evening at Gloria Estefan restaurant called Bongos Cuban Cafe. One of the dancers took a liking to my daughter and would come get her every 20 minutes and get her a front row seat to the show and even let her lead the conga line. The service was on point. Note: if you want to talk to those in your party ask for seating outside otherwise enjoy the show.
We poured our kids into bed every night but every moment was worth it. We had very few melt downs as we aimed to be prepared for the crash. Our double stroller saved us on more than on occasion when they just needed to crawl in and fall asleep while we waited in lines.
Part 1: Research & Booking
Part 2: Time to Plan & Book your Fun
Bonus Section: Special Adventures
Part 3: Time to Shop things I purchased ahead of time…
Part 4 Time to pack/hunt; things I brought from home…
Part 5: Final Countdown
Part 6: Here We Go!
Part 8: Memories & Lessons Learned
Let’s get cute and creative. A small gesture of love, friendship and kindness are what valentines mean to me, if you get them in the mail or at school. School valentines can be simple and sweet. I’m a big fan of non candy ones cause well my kids are still working on candy from halloween.
Most schools request that the valentines be non student specific, and if candy it be store bought in packages so parents can make the call on whether or not to allow their kiddo to have it. We always goes with a blanket message of “To my friend” “from…” Which than allows each kid to write their own name. It is a great assignment for those pre-school students and those need the extra practice on fine motor skills and writing.
These are some of the ones I’ve done over the years.
These cute little heart containers were easy to find at our local grocery store and 3in bags did the trick. Click here for the free printable heart beat tags. There are two kinds one for friends and one for teachers.
Bouncy ball were tons of fun and the colors made them super appealing. The practice cutting and writing was great for my little one. Creating Really Awesome Fun Things really came thru for me with the free printable.
This was last year; as according to second graders click pencils were so much cooler. A printer, some washi tape and we were done. For the free printable click Heart Beat Pencil Tags
Also thanks to PluckyMomo.blogspot.com. These were on tab for this year. Small 2in bags and festive stamps from the dollar spot.
As I look back I realize we have done tons. Look for a second post with more ideas. Feel free to share what easy and fun ideas you do for your valentine.
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