We threw Ella a huge birthday party when she turned 1. She doesn't remember it, obviously, but we really wanted to throw it as a way to celebrate her life and thank all of the incredible people who did so much for us in the first year. They were the ones that deserved a party! We rented out the basement of a local pizza place and I bought cupcakes, Joe wore his Mets Hawaiian shirt and we had a great time. You can see the pictures here.
Throughout the year Ella was invited to several birthday parties of her friends, which got her to thinking. One day she just decided that she wanted a Princess birthday party, and that was it. She started telling Joe, Metti and me all about it. She even invited her BFF Ginny, and Ginny's mom informed me that Ginny had been telling her all about Ella's Princess party and that Ella had invited her to attend. Then, GiGi and PawPaw bought her the most magnificent Cinderella dress straight from Disney World, and I knew it was time. A Princess party would take place.
I visited 4 different stores in search of the most fabulous pink decorations. Metti and I spent all Friday afternoon decorating. Metti is a saint...she single-handedly blew up 40 pink balloons. I used 2 rolls of streamers and had 2 more rolls that I was itching to use. I asked Metti where I could put more sreamers and she looked around the room, then said in her casual way, "Maybe you could save them for next year." That was her way of saying there were plenty of decorations and I should stop. Here's the living room.
Princesses started arriving and the house was all a buzz. I wanted a lot of balloons so they could throw them up and bounce them around, and that's exactly what happened. Ella's preschool class only had 3 girls (including Ella) so we were able to stick to a small party with her 2 friends from school and 2 of her good friends Ginny and Lizzie (since she had already told Ginny all about the Princess party and invited her 4 months ago).
It was a great birthday party and we all had a lot of fun! After everyone left I immediately got out of my Queen Mum dress, Joe laid down and took a nap, and Ella downed 2 more pieces of pizza while watching the end of Snow White. You can see the rest of the pictures and video from Ella's Princess birthday party through the June 2011 link on the right.