Sunday, July 11, 2010

Dora the Explorer Summer Fiesta:)

The birthday girl slept 'til 11 this morning! When she woke up, she had a leisurely bath, got her nails painted hot pink, ate her new favorite breakfast: Rice Krispies, and played dress up most of the day!

Thank God the rain stopped in time for Ava's party! I had planned an outdoor party with her swimming pool and new slip 'n slide, so I was trying to brainstorm about indoor options...BUT the sun came out & it was as close to perfect as a birthday party can go.

I found Ava's invitations on And I attempted to make homemade cupcakes/icing; people said they were good...I haven't been able to taste anything for about a week, but that's a story for another day. The cake was a surprise from an 85 year old lady in my hometown that adores Ava:) She did a wonderful job! Ron helped me with the idea of a nacho bar...pretty easy! I picked up balloons in the traditional Dora colors:) The pinata was found at a yard sale last year!

Ava had a BLAST! She was on a sugar high for sure!! Finally at like 10 p.m. we had to take the candy away. I love the simplicity of children when it comes to their entertainment; she was thrilled with the very inexpensive slip 'n slide. Her laughter and smiles melted my heart all day.

My mom and sister are always awesome about coming early to help, and when I came inside from watching the kids with the pinata--they had already cleaned up all the food! So sweet. Also, my brother-in-law Job videoed lots of the party. I did not take as many pictures as last year:( That was probably my only regret for the day (that and poor Mary Abbott getting eaten up by ants!)

My grandfather was able to come; he doesn't travel much because of his age and health, but he hasn't missed any of Ava's birthdays. I always love when people don't seem in any hurry to leave; several friends stayed to visit and let their children play longer.

Then Ava & I turned on her new movie, and she ended her day by falling asleep on her mommy:) Precious!

Tomorrow I'll show you some of her really neat gifts; people can be so creative!


  1. Everything looks wonderful! You are so creative! It looks like the slip and slide was a hit! Thanks for sharing! I was looking forward to seeing these pictures! Woke up thinking about it! Ha! You did a great job!

  2. we have more pics, Job said he wanted to edit so after he gets home we will upload them!

  3. I loved the post before this with all of the pictures. I teared up looking at all of them. She is beautiful and so sweet. It makes me so happy that her and Mary Abbott are friends. The party was always do such a great job. Mary Abbott's bites are doing better :)
    Love you,


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