This Saturday we had a princess party in the garden.
(Are you reading this in an English accent? It’s SO much better that way.)
For the past SEVERAL years, I’ve gotten away with not throwing birthday parties for my kids. I have a whole list of reasons as to why I haven’t had to throw one, but I won’t bore you with the mundane details. Instead, I’ll show you how we did a *cue English accent* Princess party for my daughter’s 9th birthday in the garden… *end English accent*… the Lazy Mom way!
First, you need a princess.
And then you need a party!
Now, this princess party also had several princes attending (as you can see), so while the girls each had a tiara and jewelry awaiting them on their plate, the boys got a party hat and a punch balloon.
Because hey! boys like to punch things!
Including girls in tiaras.
Now, I have to give major credit to Lazy Dad. He’s the one who came up with almost everything we did at the party. Including “plant the kiss on the frog.”
And “cannonball toss” with water balloons.
(The princesses brothers were her water balloon minions before the party started.)
But the biggest hit at the party was the jousting sticks the boys got to make.
Did I mention it was a big, BIG hit?
And the girls each made their own princess sword!
The jousting sticks and princess swords were made using pool noodles we cut to size. Then they wrapped them with different color electrical tape and make a “handle cuff” using poster board we pre-cut and they decorated.
(Incidentally, is “handle cuff” what you call those things?)
Then of course, we HAD to have a jousting competition! Lazy Dad hung balloons and rings from the trees as an obstacle course for them to run through.
For each balloon you hit, you got one point and if you “ringed” a ring, you got 1 point for the big ones and 5 points for the small ones.
And, of course, no birthday party would be complete without cake and ice cream!
Served on silver trays, of course!
I love this princess so much!
Can’t believe she’s turning nine!
So there you have it! It may not have been a super mom’s princess party in the garden…
I didn’t make the cupcakes,
I didn’t churn the ice cream,
I didn’t go over the top with decorations,
I didn’t make the jousting sticks and swords beforehand so they’d be “perfect”
I didn’t blow our budget so we can’t pay the mortgage next month,
and yes, we had a silly looking frog that we put the head on behind the body (ha!)
…but it was still a great and memorable day!
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