We hunted Easter eggs in our backyard today. When I asked Merit how she thought they got here, she said, "Well, I guess they just rolled in." However they got here, she was SO excited to hunt them all!
Merit was a bit indecisive about what kind of party she wanted this year. I figured she was old enough now to have a say, so I wanted to do something she would really enjoy. We started out thinking about Care Bears (a Mer-Bear party!), then she moved onto ballet, then macaroni and cheese (true story), then she would mention pink and purple... so I just decided to stick with pink and purple. I'm honestly not much of a fan of those two colors by themselves, so I threw in some mint green for myself. :)
The day of Merit's party started with ballet. Nina and Papa were in town, so they got to come watch her do her thing.
After ballet, we went into party mode. We ran some last minute errands, and Mama helped me ice the cake and cupcakes. We made a pink and purple layered cake with pink and mint green cupcakes.
While we finished getting everything ready, Kevan grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, and PaPa took a nap with the birthday girl.
It was fun when she woke up to everything decorated and ready.
Since there wasn't really a theme other than her favorite colors, I decided to base the foods around her favorites, as well. I asked her all about her faves, and was sure to include all of them.
(Thanks to Grammie for the yummy homemade mac-n-cheese!)
The favors included some Merit faves, too - sidewalk chalk, fruit roll-ups, and Toy Story and My Little Pony stickers.
Merit was so excited as she waited for friends and family to arrive.
When they finally did, she led them all to her new "yellow park" to play a while before we ate.
After we ate up all of Merit's faves, she blew out her candles.
We didn't have much success with a kids on the couch pic...
Ava, Liam, Audrey, Merit, and Liberty
PaPa, Nina, Grammie, and Popsy
our little fam (and proof that sweet August was indeed in attendance. poor second/maybe-someday-middle child - toward the end of the party my parents realized she hadn't had her supper yet, so they fed her for me. )
It was another fun Merit party. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MERIT FEY!!
Thank you to all of our friends and family who came!