Abby wanted a princess party this year.
And we all know how I love planning a good theme party.
The challenging part of throwing Abby a princess party...
is that most of her friends are boys.
So we went with a Princess AND Knights party.
And let me tell ya we had A LOT of fun with this theme.
I have a strong belief that childhood birthday parties should be magical.
We grabbed the pennant banner from her old shabby chic room, made a paper chain and princess banner from scrapbook paper I already had, and ordered balloons from Party City.
I cut arm and neck holes in pillow cases from Wal-Mart and appliqued felt crosses on them.
Andy cut out cardboard shields for the boys to decorate and printed some dragons and lions.
I decided arming a group of excited kids with foam swords was not in our best interest, but did buy one helmet and sword for pics.
We found a dragon pinata to slay.
The girls wore princess dresses.
I surprised Abby by dressing up too.
Because seriously once you're an adult and already married
how often do you get to dress up like a princess?!
I wore my senior prom dress my mom made 14 years ago when I requested a Cinderella dress.
It didn't quite fit the same as it did back in the day, but it worked.
Andy even go in on the fun and rented a costume.
We had a lot of fun taking pics in our costumes.
Well I had fun taking pictures...not sure AJ felt the same way.
We practiced our archery skills...
Had mermaid races...
thanked everyone with Cinderella blue cookies and cookie cutters
(that I kid you not are left over from our wedding 9 years ago...
why did I order like 300 cookie cutters?!)...
and opened gifts after everyone left.
It was truly a magical afternoon.