This past weekend we hosted Peanut's birthday party. (I'm trying out a new nickname. . . I'm getting tired of writing Little. We'll see how it goes. . . . )
Originally, Peanut wanted a My Little Pony Party like her big sister, but she wanted AppleJack on the invitation. Once she had decided on AppleJack though, her party planning skills kicked in and she started menu planning: Apple pie, apple sauce, apple cider, apple juice, caramel apples, etc. She said it would be an Apple-tastic Party!! From there, Mr. Maker & I just went with it. Especially as he has an amazing recipe for Pork Chops with a Grilled apple Puree.
She also requested the apple cupcakes I had made previously for her Snow White/Princess party. I'll share how I made them in the next day or two, since I forgot to last time!
The party was much smaller this time around, which was nice. We were able to hang out and talk with our guests around a big table, rather than running all over, trying to talk to everyone — and in the end, not really talking to anyone!
Besides turning 5, Peanut had another huge milestone. She has never blown out her birthday candles. . . she's been too afraid of them. Granted, she had good reason. When she was 1, she didn't have the skill. . . or fear of fire for that matter. She tried grabbing the flame before Papa intervened. The real trouble started 2 days before her own party when she was 2 and another friend caught her hair on fire. The trauma was sealed when a couple of months later another friend burnt her lips. Last year she said she wanted to do it, but then when it actually came to it, couldn't.
So that very concerned face? I didn't just happen to catch her at the wrong time. She's honestly worried. Plus, she doesn't really like having everyone sing to her. I think she'd much prefer being the one who does the singing. ;)
Overall, I'm really pleased with how the day went! We kept it easy, didn't go too crazy with any of the details, and it seems like everyone still had a lot of fun.
See, I'm learning. ;)
xoxo Lori Wilson