The long anticipated Horse Party finally arrived at our house. It turned out to be such fun. I would never have thought of a horse theme, but since this is what Lily asked for, several months ago no less, then I was bound to execute. We had it in the afternoon, and the weather turned out to be beautiful, especially for January. Lots of friends came to celebrate, and Lily was so pleased with it all.
Here's the birthday girl - she was so excited. I mean bouncing around the house excited.
There was a lot of food.
Horse cake and cupcakes.
We had drink options and balloons and lots of horsey decor.
Kids got to paint their own horse.
I didn't want to have actual pony rides at our house for many reasons, so, we did hobby horse races. Actually we did hobby horse time trials, which was pretty hilarious. The kids took this sort of seriously. The two dads in charge took it much more seriously.
John actually timed each kid, and another dad wrote down all the times. I love that he disqualified a kid and used descriptors for other kids.
Kids also got to play horse shoes, which turned into hurling the horseshoe shaped bean bags wherever their fancy struck.
Lily was really so excited about everything, which made it really fun. Also, her shoes are perpetually on the wrong feet, so I am glad we captured that.
After the games, it was time for cutting the cake. Lily actually blew out her candles this year! Most kids wanted cake - not cupcakes, so I was a little swarmed while cutting.
The kids then played in our playroom and continued to enjoy the weather by playing outside. Who knew a January Saturday would be so lovely. It was.
We gave out treat bags and cookies and sent everyone on their way.
My sister and nephew came, along with my mom and step-dad. I was so glad to have their help and have them help celebrate Lily. You know you have a great step-dad when you say, "Hey, could you fetch 40 spray-painted horses and some chargers from the basement shop?" And he says, "Sure! Anything else you need?" I was so grateful they came and sorry to see them go, as usual.
Tomorrow I'll post more details and sources for some of the fun. It was a great day.
Happy 4th Birthday, Lily!