Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Birthday Party

Rachel's birthday party this year was an Ice Cream Party! And considering we've had several days in a row of 100+ degree heat, it was a perfect party theme!

The birthday girl could not wait for her party! She was so excited to be having a few friends over and her cousins and family. This last week and this morning just couldn't come soon enough. Because it was extremely hot outside, I needed to come up with a way to keep the few kids that were invited occupied while we waited for the rest of the party guests to arrive. So I printed off ice cream coloring sheets and they colored them! I was surprised this was a hit and the kids asked for more. Once all the kids arrived, we played 'place the cherry on the ice cream cone'. It was fun, it was simple, everyone was a winner! LOL. I learned in April with Hannah's birthday party, how I really enjoyed the short and sweet party, so the party was scheduled for two hours. So the next thing on the agenda was making ice cream sundaes!!! We had vanilla ice cream (way tooo much ice cream and will be having another evening of ice cream fellowship soon!) and all the toppings you could think of! Everyone enjoyed making their own ice cream sundaes and enjoyed eating their creations.Following the cool treat, Rachel opened up her presents. I couldn't see her facial expressions from where I was sitting, but Steven said her facial expressions and how animated she was in her gift opening was hilarious. She was especially excited to get her very own iPod shuffle from her Gramma and Papa. Now she won't have to fight over Hannah's! She also is very much looking forward to coloring and building her cardboard house from Uncle Bart. Her other presents included - lots and lots of art sets, crayons, paper, etc (she LOVES to draw and color!), an adorable Tinkerbell backpack, gift cards to Build-a-Bear, and good ole fashioned cash!After opening presents, the kids did an ice cream cone relay outside. And quickly came back in where it was cool. As Rachel's guests were leaving she thanked them not only with words, but also with a party favor - an ice cream cone filled with skittles in a cellophane bag tied with a note that said "It was sweet of you to come to my party". Those were a simple and huge hit!!

Rachel had a wonderful birthday party and was very blessed by our friends and family's generosity.


Joy Howse said...

Sounds like a great day of celebration. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Rachel!!!! Hope you have a wonderful year!

Kelly Rogers said...

What a great idea for a party. And I like the "short and sweet" idea - think I'll do the same for all of Gavin's future parties. Looks like she had a great time. Happy Birthday, Rachel!