Every year around the end of April, I feel the need to start drinking a tad bit more.
Because a birthday party is on the horizon.
And that means lots of planning.
All in a specific timeframe.
And I’ve never been good at any of that stuff all together at once.
Thus, why the sparkly horse birthday party was two months ago and you are just now hearing about it.
I needed time to recuperate.
While many stuffed animals come and go around here, the horses never leave. The circus has an unwavering love for horses.
It was obvious horses would be her 3rd birthday party theme.
I actually did less in terms of decorations this year than the past two birthdays, which was nice. Here are a few of my favorite things from the party though.
I made a horse wreath to put on the front door. I started scouring thrift stores and yard sales for bigger sized horses a few months before the party and found that one for $0.25. I thought I would have to paint it, but it actually worked perfectly with the purple, pink and blue colors I used. The “3” came from the Target dollar spot. I just put gold glitter on it. I made a paper straw garland to drape across the wreath.
There was also the annual number photo collage. Two and three have not been nearly as easy to make as “1” was. I picked up some vintage horse show ribbons at the Country Living Fair and draped it around the neck of one of the kid’s play horses and popped it beside the collage.
Inside, we had our also annual DIY party background. It’s just too easy and cheap not to make. I did opt not to make our own banner this year though and instead bought this one from Target. It worked pretty well with the rest of the decor and saved me some time. The black and white fans with horses were semi-DIY party decorations.
I spread out most of the hats on the buffet and tossed the horns in the clam shell.
Also, I was a total slacker this year and did not make the birthday cupcakes.
And it felt so good.
Instead, we had a horse birthday cake made and it was the most adorable (and scrumptious) thing I’ve ever seen or eaten. Local Chattanooga people – it was from the Irresistible Sweet Shoppe.
Obviously the kid liked it too, given that’s the first time I’ve ever seen her be still and just gaze at something.
The absolute best thing about the party though was the petting zoo. We hired Bagby’s Critter Corral to come out for an hour during the party and it was just awesome. They brought ponies, goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, an alpaca and all other kinds of creatures. All the kids (and lots of the parents) had a ball.
And the birthday girl got to ride a pony, which totally made her day.
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