Olive's birthday is on the 29th so we headed down to celebrate with our families over the weekend. We both have big families so we always do a lunch party with one side and a dinner party with the other side. It seems like less work to do two smaller parties because both of our moms and families help out and we appreciate smaller gatherings so we can visit with everyone. It was Fletcher's first visit to our hometown to meet extended family.
We had a great time and Princess Olive was in princess heaven! She was so pleased with the pink and purple decorations, all of the family and friends and was thrilled to have a party in her honor. Three is the first birthday party that she's really gotten excited about. I loved planning it and asking for her input on things. Her purple princess party was a lot of fun to put together.
I picked up fresh flowers (carnations, roses and tulips) from Walmart and then my mom snipped some gorgeous peonies from her yard. They made the prettiest bouquets.
Our menu was comprised of two things - Olive's favorite foods + easy things to prepare because we got in town about 90 minutes before the party started.
I made food labels that included the characters from Sofia and the food name. This was probably Olive's favorite part of the food. She kept wanting to name all the characters.
Each place setting looked like this:
napkins, cups and straws all came from walmart.com
My sister made cupcakes, I made cookies and we served ice cream.
We continued our tradition of having guests sign Olive's birthday book. We picked Purplicious by Victoria & Elizabeth Kann. She loves Pinkalicious so I knew she's love this one and it went with her purple theme. We have so much fun going back and reading her birthday books. She wants to compare her hand size and wants me to read all the messages from her guests.
I found these crowns at Wal-Mart for the little girls to wear and then we gave out favor bags with amulets, bracelets, a wand and Olive's favorite treats.
It was fun to celebrate Olive with our family.
Three years have flown by!
I found Olive's Sofia outfit at walmart.com and it was darling!!
She was really happy with it.
Fletcher got to meet the rest of the family and enjoy some snuggles.
Mimi & Papaw were nice to host her party for us.
Cute cousins and friends wearing purple for the party :)
Opening gifts was fun. Olive was excited about each one and it was the first time she realized she should keep opening the gifts without stopping. She used to open a gift and then want to play with it immediately.
Baby brother wasn't sure what to think about the gift opening.
There are 9 grand kids on my side.
Here's our first group picture of the whole crew.
Fletcher was hangry and wasn't feeling it.