My dad made this fun video of Zoe’s birthday party.
We held a princess brunch on New Year’s Day and had eight 3-year-olds, their parents and siblings. It was quite crowded! But very fun — we decided to try to do different “stations” around the house to keep people spread out. It worked pretty well. The older kids next door were nice enough to come over and do face painting for the little ones. We also had crown decorating with stickers and crayons, all the instruments out and ready for drumming, strumming and general noise-making, and a frog – drawn by Mark – for the kids to kiss after being twirled around. The brave ones agreed to lipstick to mark their spots. Of course we had food too, though we bypassed the traditional birthday cake. Instead, parents snacked on bagels and lox (with mimosas or coffee to choose from), while the kids feasted on cake batter pancakes and milk.
We also had four grandparents on site. Thank goodness. We couldn’t have done it without them. All hands were on deck to encourage sharing, take pictures, pour drinks, and keep track of our own two kids.
Zoe did great, up until about the last half hour. It was a two hour party and she was definitely tuckered out by the end of it. So were we, Zoe. So were we. We understood.
Happy 3rd birthday to our sweet girl!