We had Hannah's birthday party a couple of weeks ago. We are excited that grandma and grandpa made the trip to spend the weekend with us and celebrate Hannah. We also enjoyed the company of my aunt and uncle and some friends from church and our neighbors. Having 16 people in our house made us realize that this house was not made for entertaining large groups...but we made do and had a great time. We are so blessed by this sweet little girl that God placed in our family. We cannot wait to see what else God has in store for her life. Here are a few photos from Hannah's party. I didn't get as many photos as I would have liked but that's what happens when you're the hostess.
I did a time capsule for Hannah and went with a theme of pink, orange and green (just like her room) with polk-a-dots and butterflies. I got the time capsule idea from here and really a lot of the ideas I got from Jess. Others I've seen around the web or just came up with them on my own. I'll try and list where things and ideas came from as much as I can.
I pretty much stole borrowed the invitation design directly from Jess...why try to re-invent the wheel right? I just used a mat stack of scrapbook paper in the colors I wanted for the invitations. I ordered this washi tape that I used on the invitations and the #1. The little paper that goes with the invitation says (again, this is straight from Jess...thanks Jess :)):
I made some kool-aid playdough the night before so that the bigger kids would have something to do. It proved very helpful, because they played nice together for a while but then it just got a little crazy. I also made little baggies of the playdough for the kids to take home and make on their own as the party favors. Naomi wanted to dress up like a princess for Hannah's party because she forgot to put on a princess dress for her birthday! We also were celebrating Naomi's baptismal birthday which was on the day of the party! Love this two sweet girls so much!! Hannah was not too excited about the singing for some reason...silly girl. One other thing that I didn't get a good photo of was the other picture windows. You can see them in this photo a little bit behind Uncle Timm. I used more of the photos from her calendar sessions and just backed it with some of the wrapping paper that I used on the center of the tables. The other thing that I didn't get a photo of in action was the Happy Birthday banner that I made. You can see part of it in the top left of this next photo but I didn't realize that I didn't photograph it until I took it down so I took a few photos of it on the ground. I also did not photograph Hannah's time capsule. I will have to do that still. I just bought a paper mache' box from Hobby Lobby and covered it in the same scrapbook paper that I used on the decorations. I covered the whole thing with mod podge and add some stickers that said "Happy Birthday Hannah". Family and friends have written her some letters for the box that she'll open when she's 18 and I also added a few of the party decorations.
We did let Hannah open her presents before everyone left...the big kids wanted to do it all for her but we tried to let her do as much as she could or was interested in doing. We had a great time and are so thankful for our family and friends for coming to help us celebrate our sweet little Hannah Joy. So that's Hannah's party in a nutshell. Let me know if I can answer any questions about anything.