Saturday, October 17, 2009

Mermaid Party

Chloe told me she wanted a mermaid party before she got too old. I couldn't resist that.
It takes a village to throw a party. Rachel and her kids and my mom AND dad came up. They all helped clean and decorate. And Rachel made the awesome cake. My aunt Cheryl was in town and she and Rachel and two teenage girls from the neighborhood put make up on the kids.
They played with moon sand (mermaids probably make sandcastles, right?).
Played charades (Ariel lost her voice).
Hit a Sponge Bob pinata (he didn't seem to mind).
And found hidden treasure chests.

I took pictures of the girls in front of the beach sunset my dad painted. (They are supposed to look like mermaids.) Ethan is a crocodile. Stella is an Egyptian mermaid.
I sewed these tails. I am pretty impressed with how they came out because it took me four prototypes before I figured out this designs. They are basically aprons with a hot pad at the bottom--the fin is open in the back so they can slip their feet into it.

Rachel made the cake out of fondant, brown sugar for sand, hard tack candy for water and a scalloped fruit roll up for the tail. Poor mermaid was being swarmed by sharks. She survived the attack but not with her tail. She is now naked with legs.

Chloe is a really good helper. She is small for her age. And smart for her age.
She is good at following rules and instructions. School comes easily for her. She also loves any kind of art or craft project. She loves riding her bike (just not to school in the morning but I make her anyway) playing soccer, Barbies, Polly Pockets & dolls. She just started gymnastics and I think she is a natural. She loves dancing around to music. Her favorites are Fiona Apple and Miley Cyrus.

Happy Birthday, Chloe! We love having you in our family.

Thanks everyone who helped. Chloe loved it! Oh, and the crowns were behind the recycling in the pantry.


amy said...

wow, totally impressed again. I am improving but have far to go to ever get close to you. Christmas will be a lot of fun around here this year. I have a friend helping decorate and I have lots of fun presents already bought!

k8theriver said...

amy, i'm so proud of you!

Kristin said...

You are such a fun mom!!

Bonnie and Kirk said...

You are awesome. Chloe is a lucky girl. How long did it take you to recover?

LoGunns said...

Holy Moly! That is a really good birthday party. Good job. Happy Birthday Chloe!

Tresa Fowler said...

That's amazing! You should go into business.

idon'tremembereatingcorn said...

AMAZING.. Your kids are so lucky. i am trying to be just like you. rob does not know how you do it with three kids. he said dan must be more helpful. I said I doubt it.
so chloe is amazing too. happy birthday. we love you.