Melody is just like her biggest brother Fone, in that they both LOVE to read. She's been working her way through the Little House on the Prairie books and only has three more to read. So, as her birthday approached, it was no doubt in my mind what her theme would be for her birthday and when I asked her, that's exactly what she said!! We had a lot of fun searching for ideas and pulling them off. Here is a peek at the party with all the fun, food, games, etc...
**Attire**All three girls, included our littlest pioneer girl, Rose, all had on matching dresses from Lands End (in the pink hyacinth stripe pattern). And, as much as I"d like to say that I sewed their adorable aprons, I went to Etsy for a little help. Right now with my season in life and baby after baby that God seems to be blessing us with, He makes it very clear that it is not the time to pick up new hobbies. So my sewing days will have to wait. Oh yeah, back to the lovely aprons - I found them here, but there are SO many places on Etsy where to get them. I just looked for the most reasonable price and they were under ten bucks! This particular Etsy store sells gorgeous bonnets too, and speaking of, the girls never even put their bonnets on.
**Party Favors**We filled these little buckets with Melody's favorite candies and each girl got an handmade friendship bracelet that both Melody and Ariel worked hard on in the days leading up to the party. Then I bought these cutsie cloth checkered napkins in both blue and red to stash in their buckets and use as decorations as well. The girls drank out of half-pint sized jars and were sent home with their jar as a party favor too.
**Games**I had printed out trivia questions from the LHOTP books that I stopped and asked the girls periodically throughout the party. That was great fun! The girls played the "Clothespin Drop", "Button, Button, Who's Got the Button", and also "Ducks Fly" (kind of like Simon Says but they perform the action/sound of the animal stated and are 'out' if they were tricked into a bogus sound/action - like 'Horses Quack'). The girls LOVED these games!! I had printed out a LHOTP bingo, but we had so much fun doing these that we never even got to it. I printed out a coloring page and a couple activity pages as well for the girls.
**Food**As per the birthday girl's request, we had grilled porkchops (made by the most handsome pioneer chef ever!!), fruity jello cups, snack mix, cucumbers, and lemonade (in half-pint sized jars) to drink. For the birthday "cake" our sweet lady chose cheesecakes, with cherry pie filling to top it off!!
We sure had a lovely half-pint sized celebration at our Little House in honor of ten years with our sweet pioneer girl, Melody!!!
++Thank you, God!!!++