18 September 2012

dear burrito, week 26

Dear Burrito in My Belly,

26 weeks!  When Daddy and I look back at the last 23-24 weeks when we first found out about you it seems like time has just flown by.  I can't believe it is already the middle of September and that we have made it to the third trimester.  Of course then I look ahead at the weeks we still have left and I am fairly certain that time is somehow slowing down.  December seems as if it will never get here.  How is that possible?

There is no denying that I am pregnant.  The belly is very much there and seems to grow on a daily basis.  Speaking of the belly, I really dropped the ball on taking photos of myself week by week.  Honestly I think that we have maybe taken a total of three?  I really need to work on that.

I feel you move constantly.  Your favorite times to be awake and dancing away are in the evenings and in the early morning.  I realized the other night that the pregnancy app on my phone had a kick count tool.  It said that the goal was to have you move/kick at least 10 times in a two hour span.  Even though we probably have a few more weeks before I need to start doing the counts, I thought I would try it out.  You kicked 10 times in 16 minutes.  Actually, that isn't entirely true.  You kicked probably closer to 14-15 times in 16 minutes.  I was crocheting and didn't always have a chance to hit the button before you would rest for a second and then start back up.

Every day when I drop your sister off at preschool she insists that she not only give me a hug and a kiss, but she also squeezes my belly and gives you a kiss and tells you she loves you.  We do the same thing at night before bed.  You can supposedly hear all of our voices now.  Which means you are probably very familiar with the phrase, "What is my sister doing right now?" I'm sure if Mabes asks once a day she asks a dozen times.  She likes to press my belly to try and wake you up.  You usually do and respond with a hard kick of indignation for having been bothered.  Of course she loves this and laughs and laughs.

I'm starting to think more about your arrival.  Your sister came earlier than any of us anticipated and I wonder if you might follow in her footsteps.  Also, your Daddy's work schedule is going to be a little on the crazy side in the coming weeks.  Which means I had better get myself in gear to have a back up plan for your sister and I just in case.  I can't help it.  I'm an alpha worrier and planner.  However, if you would not pull any stunts that would be awesome!  I'd rather have a back up plan we never need to use.  Ok?

Another thing you could do for your Mama is find a way to sit so that I could take a full breath.  I'm not kidding when I say I feel like I haven't been able to take a real deep breath in over a week.  At first it was really a panicky feeling, but I am getting more used to it.  The worst is sitting in the car or in the pew at church.  I shift and shift and nothing seems to ease the uncomfortableness.  Sometimes I even find myself getting a little light headed.  It isn't as bad at home because I can lay on my side if I need to.  Maybe the preacher will forgive me if I just lay across the back pew on Sundays.  Of course I don't think I can lay on my side and drive the car....so we will have to work on that.

Can I just say how excited I am for you!  Lots of friends are having babies right now and each time I see photos or get to hold one of the sweet little ones I am overwhelmed that soon you will be here.  It is times like that I feel like my heart is going to explode in anticipation.

We love you so much and will see you soon (just not too soon!).

Love,
Mama



dear burrito, week 26

Dear Burrito in My Belly,

26 weeks!  When Daddy and I look back at the last 23-24 weeks when we first found out about you it seems like time has just flown by.  I can't believe it is already the middle of September and that we have made it to the third trimester.  Of course then I look ahead at the weeks we still have left and I am fairly certain that time is somehow slowing down.  December seems as if it will never get here.  How is that possible?

There is no denying that I am pregnant.  The belly is very much there and seems to grow on a daily basis.  Speaking of the belly, I really dropped the ball on taking photos of myself week by week.  Honestly I think that we have maybe taken a total of three?  I really need to work on that.

I feel you move constantly.  Your favorite times to be awake and dancing away are in the evenings and in the early morning.  I realized the other night that the pregnancy app on my phone had a kick count tool.  It said that the goal was to have you move/kick at least 10 times in a two hour span.  Even though we probably have a few more weeks before I need to start doing the counts, I thought I would try it out.  You kicked 10 times in 16 minutes.  Actually, that isn't entirely true.  You kicked probably closer to 14-15 times in 16 minutes.  I was crocheting and didn't always have a chance to hit the button before you would rest for a second and then start back up.

Every day when I drop your sister off at preschool she insists that she not only give me a hug and a kiss, but she also squeezes my belly and gives you a kiss and tells you she loves you.  We do the same thing at night before bed.  You can supposedly hear all of our voices now.  Which means you are probably very familiar with the phrase, "What is my sister doing right now?" I'm sure if Mabes asks once a day she asks a dozen times.  She likes to press my belly to try and wake you up.  You usually do and respond with a hard kick of indignation for having been bothered.  Of course she loves this and laughs and laughs.

I'm starting to think more about your arrival.  Your sister came earlier than any of us anticipated and I wonder if you might follow in her footsteps.  Also, your Daddy's work schedule is going to be a little on the crazy side in the coming weeks.  Which means I had better get myself in gear to have a back up plan for your sister and I just in case.  I can't help it.  I'm an alpha worrier and planner.  However, if you would not pull any stunts that would be awesome!  I'd rather have a back up plan we never need to use.  Ok?

Another thing you could do for your Mama is find a way to sit so that I could take a full breath.  I'm not kidding when I say I feel like I haven't been able to take a real deep breath in over a week.  At first it was really a panicky feeling, but I am getting more used to it.  The worst is sitting in the car or in the pew at church.  I shift and shift and nothing seems to ease the uncomfortableness.  Sometimes I even find myself getting a little light headed.  It isn't as bad at home because I can lay on my side if I need to.  Maybe the preacher will forgive me if I just lay across the back pew on Sundays.  Of course I don't think I can lay on my side and drive the car....so we will have to work on that.

Can I just say how excited I am for you!  Lots of friends are having babies right now and each time I see photos or get to hold one of the sweet little ones I am overwhelmed that soon you will be here.  It is times like that I feel like my heart is going to explode in anticipation.

We love you so much and will see you soon (just not too soon!).

Love,
Mama



13 September 2012

surprise picnic shower

A sweet friend from church, Charla, is expecting her third little girl in just a few weeks.  Another friend, Becca, and I decided to throw Charla a surprise baby shower.  Charla had mentioned once before that she had wanted a picnic themed party and so we took that idea and ran with it.

Originally the plan had been to host the picnic (co-ed) on Labor Day.  Things had to be changed and rearranged and we ended up moving the party to the same day as Mabes birthday party.  Because I am insane and thought it would be easy to do back-to-back parties.  While it was lots of fun, my feet and back and belly were killing me by the end of the night. 

There are all kinds of little details that I totally forgot to take photos of.  I was a little scatter brained and running around trying to make sure we took down all things Alice and put up all things picnic.  Many thanks to our friends Lori and Justin who were at both parties for all of their help and to Becca who came right after Mabes party to help set up.

Becca was in charge of all of the baking.  She is a fantastic cook and needs to take Mabes under her wing.  In addition to these chocolate cupcakes, there were also vanilla ones with red sprinkles and icing.  I used washi tape and toothpicks to make all of the little pendant toppers.  
Charla's Baby Shower 9.8.2012
Becca also made homemade cinnamon and sugar popcorn for people to snack on.  Aren't the little cones and the cupcake wrappers that Becca made cute??
Charla's Baby Shower #2
The weather was anything but predictable the day of the parties.  We decided to be cautious and set up everything near the garage rather in the backyard as we had originally planned.  The new baby is going to be named Larue and so I put together the little Larue's Picnic sign and also sewed the pennant banner you see on the back of the canopy.  
Charla's Baby Shower #7
We kept the centerpieces really simple.  The little red and white cake stands were just a couple of dollars from the Christmas Tree Shoppe, I picked them up a couple of years ago.  Becca used the shell of the watermelons she had bought for the fruit salad to make vases.  CUTE!!
Charla's Baby Shower #6
We put electric fans up in the garage to help keep it cool.  We also had watermelon fans (they were shaped like slices) set out for people to use.  
Charla's Baby Shower #5
For the kids we put down quilts on the porch and had a bunch of oversize coloring books and crayons for a coloring station.  We also painted cans and strung them up.  Originally we had planned to put candles in the cans, but because of the rain we decided not to worry about the candles.  
Charla's Baby Shower #9
We also had a water gun station.  One bucket was filled with water guns from the dollar tree and the other had water for the kids to submerge the guns and refill them as needed.  
Charla's Baby Shower #10
I didn't take photos of the lawn twister Dan had spray painted in the yard, the ring toss game and the burlap sack races.  For the races we bought some dowels and took some of the red pennants had sewn and tied it to them to make a start and finish line.  

I also forgot to take a picture of Charla getting to Facetime with her husband (who is deployed) during the party too.  Also, I forgot to pick the camera up and take photos once the party was in full swing and we had 40-50 people playing and visiting and celebrating this sweet family and their newest little one.

For the thank you/take home gift Becca made the most heavenly sugar cookies.  Shaped like watermelon slices.  I made little tags.  How cute are they??  We also used the painted roses on the table for a little more color.  
Charla's Baby Shower #3
I didn't think to take a picture of the actual cookies.  Maybe because I was too busy eating the few that were left behind.  You can sort of see them in this picture through the bag:
Charla's Baby Shower #4
All in all it was a crazy, busy day, but a lot of fun.  

surprise picnic shower

A sweet friend from church, Charla, is expecting her third little girl in just a few weeks.  Another friend, Becca, and I decided to throw Charla a surprise baby shower.  Charla had mentioned once before that she had wanted a picnic themed party and so we took that idea and ran with it.

Originally the plan had been to host the picnic (co-ed) on Labor Day.  Things had to be changed and rearranged and we ended up moving the party to the same day as Mabes birthday party.  Because I am insane and thought it would be easy to do back-to-back parties.  While it was lots of fun, my feet and back and belly were killing me by the end of the night. 

There are all kinds of little details that I totally forgot to take photos of.  I was a little scatter brained and running around trying to make sure we took down all things Alice and put up all things picnic.  Many thanks to our friends Lori and Justin who were at both parties for all of their help and to Becca who came right after Mabes party to help set up.

Becca was in charge of all of the baking.  She is a fantastic cook and needs to take Mabes under her wing.  In addition to these chocolate cupcakes, there were also vanilla ones with red sprinkles and icing.  I used washi tape and toothpicks to make all of the little pendant toppers.  
Charla's Baby Shower 9.8.2012
Becca also made homemade cinnamon and sugar popcorn for people to snack on.  Aren't the little cones and the cupcake wrappers that Becca made cute??
Charla's Baby Shower #2
The weather was anything but predictable the day of the parties.  We decided to be cautious and set up everything near the garage rather in the backyard as we had originally planned.  The new baby is going to be named Larue and so I put together the little Larue's Picnic sign and also sewed the pennant banner you see on the back of the canopy.  
Charla's Baby Shower #7
We kept the centerpieces really simple.  The little red and white cake stands were just a couple of dollars from the Christmas Tree Shoppe, I picked them up a couple of years ago.  Becca used the shell of the watermelons she had bought for the fruit salad to make vases.  CUTE!!
Charla's Baby Shower #6
We put electric fans up in the garage to help keep it cool.  We also had watermelon fans (they were shaped like slices) set out for people to use.  
Charla's Baby Shower #5
For the kids we put down quilts on the porch and had a bunch of oversize coloring books and crayons for a coloring station.  We also painted cans and strung them up.  Originally we had planned to put candles in the cans, but because of the rain we decided not to worry about the candles.  
Charla's Baby Shower #9
We also had a water gun station.  One bucket was filled with water guns from the dollar tree and the other had water for the kids to submerge the guns and refill them as needed.  
Charla's Baby Shower #10
I didn't take photos of the lawn twister Dan had spray painted in the yard, the ring toss game and the burlap sack races.  For the races we bought some dowels and took some of the red pennants had sewn and tied it to them to make a start and finish line.  

I also forgot to take a picture of Charla getting to Facetime with her husband (who is deployed) during the party too.  Also, I forgot to pick the camera up and take photos once the party was in full swing and we had 40-50 people playing and visiting and celebrating this sweet family and their newest little one.

For the thank you/take home gift Becca made the most heavenly sugar cookies.  Shaped like watermelon slices.  I made little tags.  How cute are they??  We also used the painted roses on the table for a little more color.  
Charla's Baby Shower #3
I didn't think to take a picture of the actual cookies.  Maybe because I was too busy eating the few that were left behind.  You can sort of see them in this picture through the bag:
Charla's Baby Shower #4
All in all it was a crazy, busy day, but a lot of fun.  

12 September 2012

i'll be the smiling, motivational one

At the very end of February I was reading an Entertainment Weekly when I happened across a tiny little blurb about a 5K race that involved...zombies.  

I'm not going to lie, that little paragraph made me more than a little happy.  

As soon as I read it I ran straight up to the office where I immediately searched for the Run For Your Lives website, found the closest race on the best weekend based on Dan's scheduled and then informed him that we were doing this race.  Minutes later I was on the phone talking my sister (Betsy), brother-in-law (Sven) and Dan's brother (Zach) into joining us.  

updated_masthead
Before I go any further, you can check out this video to get a better idea about what the race was all about.  Betsy and I actually watched them film part of this.  The reporter was hilarious the way he interacted with people.  


Did you happen to notice any familiar faces around the :30 and :35 second marks??

Let me tell you, the creepy roaring zombie at the beginning is even creepier in person.  I did my best to capture his roar on my cell phone:

Our race was in the Pittsburgh area and was done on a dirt bike track, so it was pretty rough and hilly terrain.  
logo
When you initially sign up for the race you have two choices.  You can be a runner or you can be a zombie.  It is further broken down into zombies that are chasers and ones that are stumblers.  Betsy and I decided to be stumbling zombies and the boys decided to test their fates as runners.

They advised that as zombies you wanted to wear clothing that you didn't mind having destroyed.  I went to Goodwill and picked up two sets of scrubs so that Betsy and I could be zombie nurses.  They weren't kidding about having your clothing ruined.  One of the very first things they did was take a razor blade and slice up your outfit.  Everything we wore ended up in the trash by the end of the event.  Totally worth it, we had a lot of fun.

Also, fake blood is freezing cold and has the consistency of jelly and doesn't dry very quickly if at all.

Zombie 1
Top: 1.  Zombie sign leading us to the tent of make-up artists waiting to transform us.  2.  Betsy getting airbrushed.  3.  Several ladies came dressed in old prom dresses.  Bottom: 1.  Super creepy zombie guy who wore a suit and had no expression and scared everyone.  2.  Fake blood all over my arm.  3.  Zombie Betsy.

After they razored our outfits and put us through several different air brushing stops and applied some drippy fake blood we thought we were done.  Little did we know that the final part of the process was lining us up against a tarp lined fence and spraying us with mud front and back and then throwing fake blood all over us.  What a fun job fake blood throwing guy has:

Runners
Top:  1. Our runners (Dan, Zach and Sven) getting out their belts before the race.  2.  Dan's mohawk that he let me give him just for the race.  3.  The mud pit before the maze runners had to go through.  Bottom: 1. Sven's very crooked mohawk he gave himself.  2. The electric fence and muddy low crawl finish line.  3.  The boys wearing their metals. 
Zombies
Top: 1. Betsy and I at 6am just arriving to be zombified.  2.  Bloody outfit.  3.  Extreme close up of my makeup.  Bottom:  1.  The zombie sisters.  2.  My bloody shoes.  3.  Displaying some of our kills (most of the flags went into a bag by our designated area, which was right outside the pitch black maze).  
Zombies 2
Top:  1.  Dan, Harlow and I.  Yes, I am proudly showing off my pregnant zombie belly.  2.  Me doing my best to look dead outside of the maze.  3.  Another close up of my makeup.  Bottom:  1.  Betsy checking out the maze.  2.  Betsy and Sven.  3.  The back of Betsy's scrubs.
Zombies 3
Top:  1.  Danger tape outlined the whole course.  2.  The field of zombies that was right across from our area.  3.  Dan napping on the way home.  Bottom:  1.  The race officials.  2.  Zombie Betsy.  3.  Zombie Jess.

This is my favorite photo from the whole day:
Zombie B

A few things I would like to note:

1.  I would love to do the race again.  Only this time I think I would like to try and be a runner.  Anyone want to join me?  It will have to be next year after Burrito makes her debut of course.  

2.  The drippy blood that they applied to our faces was really sticky and wet and kept dripping, especially once it got hot out.  

3.  Betsy is really good at looking like an emotionless zombie.

4.  The boys finished the race in under an hour.  Dan even managed to cross the finish alive with one flag.

5.  If you are a runner don't be a jerk and hide the flags under your shirt like some people did.  No one likes a cheater.  

6.  I signed up for the race before I knew I was pregnant and decided that as long as I stayed well hydrated and didn't get too aggressive the baby and I would be safe to still participate.  Plus Betsy did a good job of being my protector.  We made it out of the race unscathed.

7.  Betsy and I were literally the last zombies encountered on the race and by that point the majority of people were "dead/infected" with all their flags missing.  So we broke form a little bit and would high five the racers and tell them "good job" and "finish strong" and "welcome to the horde."  

8.  Even though I have seen enough Walking Dead to know that zombies are supposed to be expressionless and scary, I couldn't help but smile every time my picture was taken.  

For the record if the zombie apocalypse ever really happens I will be the smiling motivational zombie.  Please don't shoot me.

i'll be the smiling, motivational one

At the very end of February I was reading an Entertainment Weekly when I happened across a tiny little blurb about a 5K race that involved...zombies.  

I'm not going to lie, that little paragraph made me more than a little happy.  

As soon as I read it I ran straight up to the office where I immediately searched for the Run For Your Lives website, found the closest race on the best weekend based on Dan's scheduled and then informed him that we were doing this race.  Minutes later I was on the phone talking my sister (Betsy), brother-in-law (Sven) and Dan's brother (Zach) into joining us.  

updated_masthead
Before I go any further, you can check out this video to get a better idea about what the race was all about.  Betsy and I actually watched them film part of this.  The reporter was hilarious the way he interacted with people.  


Did you happen to notice any familiar faces around the :30 and :35 second marks??

Let me tell you, the creepy roaring zombie at the beginning is even creepier in person.  I did my best to capture his roar on my cell phone:

Our race was in the Pittsburgh area and was done on a dirt bike track, so it was pretty rough and hilly terrain.  
logo
When you initially sign up for the race you have two choices.  You can be a runner or you can be a zombie.  It is further broken down into zombies that are chasers and ones that are stumblers.  Betsy and I decided to be stumbling zombies and the boys decided to test their fates as runners.

They advised that as zombies you wanted to wear clothing that you didn't mind having destroyed.  I went to Goodwill and picked up two sets of scrubs so that Betsy and I could be zombie nurses.  They weren't kidding about having your clothing ruined.  One of the very first things they did was take a razor blade and slice up your outfit.  Everything we wore ended up in the trash by the end of the event.  Totally worth it, we had a lot of fun.

Also, fake blood is freezing cold and has the consistency of jelly and doesn't dry very quickly if at all.

Zombie 1
Top: 1.  Zombie sign leading us to the tent of make-up artists waiting to transform us.  2.  Betsy getting airbrushed.  3.  Several ladies came dressed in old prom dresses.  Bottom: 1.  Super creepy zombie guy who wore a suit and had no expression and scared everyone.  2.  Fake blood all over my arm.  3.  Zombie Betsy.

After they razored our outfits and put us through several different air brushing stops and applied some drippy fake blood we thought we were done.  Little did we know that the final part of the process was lining us up against a tarp lined fence and spraying us with mud front and back and then throwing fake blood all over us.  What a fun job fake blood throwing guy has:

Runners
Top:  1. Our runners (Dan, Zach and Sven) getting out their belts before the race.  2.  Dan's mohawk that he let me give him just for the race.  3.  The mud pit before the maze runners had to go through.  Bottom: 1. Sven's very crooked mohawk he gave himself.  2. The electric fence and muddy low crawl finish line.  3.  The boys wearing their metals. 
Zombies
Top: 1. Betsy and I at 6am just arriving to be zombified.  2.  Bloody outfit.  3.  Extreme close up of my makeup.  Bottom:  1.  The zombie sisters.  2.  My bloody shoes.  3.  Displaying some of our kills (most of the flags went into a bag by our designated area, which was right outside the pitch black maze).  
Zombies 2
Top:  1.  Dan, Harlow and I.  Yes, I am proudly showing off my pregnant zombie belly.  2.  Me doing my best to look dead outside of the maze.  3.  Another close up of my makeup.  Bottom:  1.  Betsy checking out the maze.  2.  Betsy and Sven.  3.  The back of Betsy's scrubs.
Zombies 3
Top:  1.  Danger tape outlined the whole course.  2.  The field of zombies that was right across from our area.  3.  Dan napping on the way home.  Bottom:  1.  The race officials.  2.  Zombie Betsy.  3.  Zombie Jess.

This is my favorite photo from the whole day:
Zombie B

A few things I would like to note:

1.  I would love to do the race again.  Only this time I think I would like to try and be a runner.  Anyone want to join me?  It will have to be next year after Burrito makes her debut of course.  

2.  The drippy blood that they applied to our faces was really sticky and wet and kept dripping, especially once it got hot out.  

3.  Betsy is really good at looking like an emotionless zombie.

4.  The boys finished the race in under an hour.  Dan even managed to cross the finish alive with one flag.

5.  If you are a runner don't be a jerk and hide the flags under your shirt like some people did.  No one likes a cheater.  

6.  I signed up for the race before I knew I was pregnant and decided that as long as I stayed well hydrated and didn't get too aggressive the baby and I would be safe to still participate.  Plus Betsy did a good job of being my protector.  We made it out of the race unscathed.

7.  Betsy and I were literally the last zombies encountered on the race and by that point the majority of people were "dead/infected" with all their flags missing.  So we broke form a little bit and would high five the racers and tell them "good job" and "finish strong" and "welcome to the horde."  

8.  Even though I have seen enough Walking Dead to know that zombies are supposed to be expressionless and scary, I couldn't help but smile every time my picture was taken.  

For the record if the zombie apocalypse ever really happens I will be the smiling motivational zombie.  Please don't shoot me.

11 September 2012

a mad tea party

Alice #6
When Mabes first brought up the Alice in Wonderland/Ballerina themed birthday party idea, I have to admit I wasn't sure how to combine the two.  Then I stumbled across a photo on Pinterest that provided the inspiration.

It would be easy enough to ask each of the girls we invited to wear a tutu, especially knowing if anyone didn't have one we had plenty to spare.  As for the birthday girl's outfit, I had to make something extra special.
Alice #1
Aside from grossly underestimating the amount of tulle it would take to make this tutu gown, it was a really easy project.  I just used the photo from Pinterest to get an idea of what to do and made my own modifications as I went.

The rest of the party was based around the Mad Hatter's tea party.  I figured our dining room table was the perfect place to host such an event.  I apologize for the next photo, apparently the only one I took of the entire table and ceiling from a distance was on my cell phone as I was trying to figure out the set up the night before.
Alice #2
I bought some playing cards from the Dollar Tree and hung them from the ceiling with fishing line along with some dollar paper globes from The Christmas Tree Shoppe and some pink paper swirls from the party store.

Alice #3
I wanted to have a few vases with roses in them on the table.  Dan had a good idea of buying white ones and then I mixed red acrylic paint and water so that Mabes could "paint the roses red."

Alice #4
I had picked up some mismatched teacups and saucers from Goodwill for $0.49/each and used those along with some teapots and cake stands I had on hand to set the rest of the table.

Alice #5
For the refreshments we made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cream cheese/apple/bacon sandwiches (seriously, they are delicious) and cut them into rabbit and star shapes.  Mabes helped me make the birthday angel food cake, which I topped with crazy candles.  I also cut rice krispy squares into shapes resembling the Queen of Hearts card guards.  We had sweet tea and lemonade to drink.

Alice #8
The games I came up with were simple, but fun.  We did pin the grin on the cheshire cat and a game involving throwing sugar cubes into tea tins placed at various distances.

Alice #9
The birthday cake was our traditional angel food cake I make for every birthday.  Dan played the part of the Mad Hatter.

I already mentioned the favors in a previous post, but did promise better photos:
Alice #7
After the party I asked the birthday girl how it went.  She gave it her seal of approval with a big thumbs up and hugs for both me and her Daddy.

a mad tea party

Alice #6
When Mabes first brought up the Alice in Wonderland/Ballerina themed birthday party idea, I have to admit I wasn't sure how to combine the two.  Then I stumbled across a photo on Pinterest that provided the inspiration.

It would be easy enough to ask each of the girls we invited to wear a tutu, especially knowing if anyone didn't have one we had plenty to spare.  As for the birthday girl's outfit, I had to make something extra special.
Alice #1
Aside from grossly underestimating the amount of tulle it would take to make this tutu gown, it was a really easy project.  I just used the photo from Pinterest to get an idea of what to do and made my own modifications as I went.

The rest of the party was based around the Mad Hatter's tea party.  I figured our dining room table was the perfect place to host such an event.  I apologize for the next photo, apparently the only one I took of the entire table and ceiling from a distance was on my cell phone as I was trying to figure out the set up the night before.
Alice #2
I bought some playing cards from the Dollar Tree and hung them from the ceiling with fishing line along with some dollar paper globes from The Christmas Tree Shoppe and some pink paper swirls from the party store.

Alice #3
I wanted to have a few vases with roses in them on the table.  Dan had a good idea of buying white ones and then I mixed red acrylic paint and water so that Mabes could "paint the roses red."

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I had picked up some mismatched teacups and saucers from Goodwill for $0.49/each and used those along with some teapots and cake stands I had on hand to set the rest of the table.

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For the refreshments we made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cream cheese/apple/bacon sandwiches (seriously, they are delicious) and cut them into rabbit and star shapes.  Mabes helped me make the birthday angel food cake, which I topped with crazy candles.  I also cut rice krispy squares into shapes resembling the Queen of Hearts card guards.  We had sweet tea and lemonade to drink.

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The games I came up with were simple, but fun.  We did pin the grin on the cheshire cat and a game involving throwing sugar cubes into tea tins placed at various distances.

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The birthday cake was our traditional angel food cake I make for every birthday.  Dan played the part of the Mad Hatter.

I already mentioned the favors in a previous post, but did promise better photos:
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After the party I asked the birthday girl how it went.  She gave it her seal of approval with a big thumbs up and hugs for both me and her Daddy.
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