Wells is turning FIVE at the end of next month and we've already started talking about what kind of party she wants to have. I love keeping her in the loop and letting it be about her and what she likes but I did have to veto her first choice: a Monster High Vampire party. My husband and I are on the fence with whether she's even allowed to watch that show yet. I feel like it's a bit too old and several of her friends are too young to watch it. We'll probably save that for grade school if she's still into vampires :)
She's also begged for a blow-up water-slide/bounce-house. There was time I would have rolled my eyes at that monstrosity in my backyard but there are just so easy and such a hit. I worry about the safety of them but all of my lawyer friends get them so I guess they can't be that bad, right?!
I plan to let that be the main attraction. I'm expanding on that to include a bit of an ice-cream party with Palm Beach flair. Ideally we'd get to keep the water-slide contraption all day and we could double up on the friends party and the family party. Her little friends come from 10-12 and then an early evening cookout with our big extended family.
Wells and I have been wanting Matthew to build a lemonade stand for a while now and I think this will be the perfect excuse. Wells and her little friends build little markets and stands all the time in our front yards. I'm imagining a thousand ways we could use it for parties and play in the future. We'll have some treats set out on it for the party but it could be a concession stand or even an outdoor bar for grown-up functions. I absolutely love the striped look, especially the pink and white but I may go with a more neutral color.
We'll keep the food simple, ice-cream and fruit. Maybe some popcorn for good measure. I love the idea of making cupcakes in ice-cream cones. I haven't done that before but there a million pins so I'm guessing it can't be that hard. Have you tried that? I'll probably do a cheese tray for the grown-ups because that's always a hit.
I'll fill you more in on the specifics as the planning continues!