September 5, 2012

My youngest daughter recently celebrated her eighth birthday. While it seems like yesterday when she turned five and started kindergarten—those days of easy party planning are over. Back then I could simply suggest a theme and run with it. Now, it is a process of give and take as we discuss a variety of possibilities and variations, until we can come up with ideas together that feel exciting, achievable, and fun. So this year the…

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January 22, 2010

My oldest daughter recently celebrated her seventh birthday. Gone are the days when all she wanted were pink princess parties. She was very clear about wanting a bowling party this year so we followed her lead. I have to admit, at first, I was a bit disappointed. No cute craft project? And how was I supposed to make a bowling alley look artsy? Nonetheless, we loved handmaking the invitations and found some fun items to…

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October 5, 2009

Although our youngest turned five in August, we just had a party to celebrate with all of her kindergarten friends. It was a lovely afternoon filled with fairies, a bit of magic and lots of fun. When I go into party planning mode I love to hear as many details as possible. So here is the nitty-gritty scoop on of the party… I really like the idea of getting back to basics when it comes…

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August 27, 2009

Our youngest daughter turned five yesterday. We had a wonderful family celebration, revisited our birthday traditions and enjoyed seeing our “baby” bask in the glow of being a “big girl.” Yet, for me, it was slightly bittersweet. There is something about turning five that truly marks the end of an era. She can no longer be considered a toddler or even a pre-schooler. She can clean her own room, get herself dressed, get her own…

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May 12, 2009

I love having the girls send hand-made thank you cards to their friends after their birthday parties. Sometimes they come a little later than I would like, but I think that they have a greater meaning for both the giver and receivers.    

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