We have been waiting for this lovely weather for a long, long Summer---it’s been HOT and it’s been rainy, but there were so few weekends with pleasant skies for celebrating outdoors.. So we celebrated Sweetpea’s birthday a week late, but it was a wonderful day. She’d had a sleepover with friends and a dinner out with her other Mammaw and Pappaw the weekend before, plus several soccer games into the mix, so last Sunday was the perfect day. It was just us five, plus our dear neighbor Honey, who has been a sweet part of her life since she was born.
Rainbows in a glass---I ordered these expandable beads online, because of a recommendation from my friend Tanya. A couple of hours in water, and they grow to many times their little bb size, with their colours glowing in the sunshine. When everyone arrived, we set up the little row of glasses and she so-carefully counted three beads into each one, in rainbow order (except for Indigo, so we went straight from blue to purple). We watched them from time to time, and by the end of the day, they had swelled to jewelly slick marbles in the glass.
Lunch table---I ordered a little pack of rainbow/prancing steed cloth, napkins and plates on Amazon, along with a few charming little rubber-ducky unicorns and rainbow candles. We used the colorful old fifties Melmac for eating and serving most of lunch, and the tee-ninecy “favor cups” hold the most beautiful pearly beads of pastel-coated chocolate, like Gucci M&M’s.
You know when you cleancleanclean a room, and have nine unrelated items left with nowhere to go, so you just stick them in a drawer? Well, that’s how all our parties are---days and weeks of planning and ordering and making and preparation and arranging, then when it’s TIME---there’s always extra stuff in the pictures.
Presents and games.
She made the Unicorn/Pegasus banner herself several weeks before, inking in each figure with shades of teal and blue, and she smiled in delight when she saw it hanging between the trees.
She mostly chose the menu: Ganner’s grilled ham, rolls, bowties and cheese, low-cooked snap beans, and Watergate salad; we also had stuffed eggs, confetti bean salad and lots of green munchy vegetables. All the photos were quick-snapped with phones, and the shade sorta dimmed the colours.
Rainbow cupcakes. Strawberries, several-colour grapes, and hot fudge dip on the side.
Nine and Ninety. This pair are the youngest of us all.