I know everyone has been asking about it so, here is the recap! Â I'm tired! But I'm happy. Â The dino bash went off without a hitch (that could be seen). Â Let me first say that the frog princess was celebrating her birthday right alongside her cousin. We like to call him the Monkey King. Â Their birthdays are just 10 days apart so, why not join them together for twice as much fun! I'm SO glad we decided to go to Amaya Papaya. Â This year, the frog princess enjoyed the place more than last. Â She was now walking and able to interact with others. Â And the decorations? Â Well, see for yourself!
I love that when I first talk to Yolonda when setting up parties, she asks: did you have something in mind? She's probably the only person that I will ever say: come up with something. Her ideas are fantastic and she's as enthusiastic about making sure the party goes off without a hitch as I am so, we make a great team!
Now, the snack cups were my highlight. Why you ask?! I MADE THEM. Â Well, I put them together. Â I purchased the template from the gals over at Pigtails Paper TrailsÂ (how cute is that name?). Â They customized the cups to match our colors and I even got the iron-on for the front of their shirts! Â I got the man (I really need a new nickname for him) to help me cut them out and then proceeded to glue to my hearts content (at the last minute, of course!).
Oh, I just realized that, I lied. Â THE highlight of the party preparation was making the tutu. Â That's right, people! I made the tutu! I got tulle to match all the colors we were using and voila! Â Super simple! Here's the link to theÂ instructions.
Here's the finished couture on the model:
The best part about the party, of course, is how much the kids enjoyed themselves. Â They played to their hearts content (actually, they probably would've loved one more hour). Â More importantly, as parents, we could just let them run around and not have to worry about china being broken or corners of furniture being run into. Â I think all the kids really enjoyed themselves and the parents had fun playing with their kids (though they might not admit to it).
A big surprise to me was the sorrow I felt intermittently throughout the party. Â That's because mami was at the party last year. Â I can still picture her in this same chair. Â I know a few tears were shed yesterday as people reminisced. Â I held it together as long as I could and thankfully had my wonderful, perfect line sister come back in after she'd left and hug me which, unfurled the tears as the day ended. Â I am thankful and grateful for so much love and care. Â People that are able to enjoy these perfectly beautiful moments with us but that are also able to remember, respect and cherish the memory of my mami.
I loved that we could share this special day with the Monkey King. Â They have such a special relationship!
And I loved that all of their friends showed up to celebrate their special day. Â I also love that it's now over! Â Christmas decorations, here I come!