My little girl has turned 5 years old, or as she puts it, "I'm a whole handful!" (this is more accurate than she knows)
Every year for our kids birthdays, we end up having two celebrations, one small family celebration on their actual birthday with just the four of us, and then their party with their friends.
We also let them choose the meals for the day on the their actual birthday, and this year Jaclyn chose to go to Montana's Cookhouse for dinner, she was very excited as to this is also her favorite restaurant (the kids call it the cowboy restaurant). They love the decor there and everything about it seems like an adventure with lots of fun. The staff at Montana's sang her a birthday song while she wore their birthday hat. It scared her a bit at the time, as it was louder than she expected, but as soon as the staff scattered after the song she started to talk about how much fun it was to wear a silly hat and have them sing to her. She loved that everyone said happy birthday to her and she got a "special" ice cream treat.
For her friends/cousins party, she wanted a "Secret of the Wings" theme, which is the latest Disney Tinkerbell movie. We ended up doing cupcakes this year instead of a full cake, partially because half our cake decorating items are still packed up and also because that was her request. Jaclyn loves crafts right now and daily can be found rummaging through her craft bin looking to make a new creation. When planing her party we decided to do crafts with all the kids instead of games. Some crafts we did included making snow globes (Secret of the wings" was in the "winter woods") and making "fairy houses" out of old cereal boxes. Everyone seemed to have a good time, and all the kids were able to have their pictures taken with Tinkerbell and Periwinkle cutouts that Chris drew and painted. Jaclyn loved it and talked about it for more than a week afterwards, which always makes us smile.
Pictures with the Tinkerbell and Periwinkle
Lots of memories made and another year on the way. She is, of course, already planning her next birthday party.