I wasn't planning on a theme, but then I decided Em would wear this sweet Gymboree dress I bought not long ago.
A bee theme was born.
As most of our parties go, we hosted the gathering at my in-laws'.
The early-birthday girl was thrilled.
I made some smores on a stick, using these flat marshmallows, and they turned out to be a big hit with the kiddos.
Em convinced the grandparents to let us rent a bounce house. My in-laws were firmly against it, fearing that someone would get hurt and sue them, until out of nowhere Em told them, "Grandma, I like to bounce!" They melted in a puddle of grandparentness and said, "Yes! Yes! You can have a bounce house! And here's your pony while we're at it!"
The bounce house arrived in the morning, and Em essentially bounced from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., taking a break for lunch, nap and to blow out her candles.
My mom even helped Em test out the bounce house after its arrival.
Em showed me how it's done.
With her pals at the party
When she showed up with this final product, I almost cried. It was more than I could've hoped for.
Em loves parties and cakes, and we sing "Happy birthday" nearly every day and blow out "pretend" candles, just 'cuz. So I was surprised when we presented her with the candles on her cake, and she froze. Happy birthday stage fright, perhaps?
I finally convinced her to join all her pals and blow out the three candles.