Sunday, September 21, 2014

::lily - 11th birthday::

I had very strict instructions.
No theme.
No baby stuff.
All planning must be cleared by Lily.
It's nice to see her become independent.
She set so many rules I was a little surprised I got to do anything.  But she is growing up, and I am proud of the little person she is becoming.
This party was fun.  
She and her friends had a great time enjoying each others company.  
I tried hard not to over do anything. 
The girls arrived at 1pm.  At 1:30 my sister inlaw and I loaded them up and drove them to a local art studio.  While we were gone Emma was in charge of setting the treat table. 

Did I ever fall in love with this cake.
Click Here and Here for what Lily picked as inspiration cakes
My cake lady has a facebook page now - CHECK IT OUT!
She is so talented and reasonable.  

It was very windy this day so we had to make some changes to our back drop or the whole thing would have blown away.  
I think Emma was very clever with what she came up with.  
 Custom donut holes from our local donut shop - Titus.  
These were cheap and adorable.
I only ordered them a few days ahead and all I said was - make them bright.  

The treat table had all things that Miss Lily wanted.  
I didn't get a good picture of the grape kabobs we had, but they got devoured. 

The art studio we went to is called A Space to Create.  It was kind of pricey, but it was nice to have some of the pressure taken off.  The project they made was really cool.    

They colored on shrink film with sharpies.  

Cut the edges some.

 Then melted them with a heat gun.  

The result was a Chihuly glass like sculpture.
The teacher gave them a really great talk about the artist before they did the project, so they learned something too. 
Just being in that amazing studio got me excited about wanting to make some serious art.  

We had a little time left over so we took these girls to the park near by and let them burn off some energy.

Then we brought them back out to the farm for some cake, treats, and presents. 
It was so windy we had to come inside for candles.

 This little girl is getting so pretty. 

Q looks afraid.  

We had a tween lounge set up on the porch.

Miss Lily loved all her presents but she got some robot fish she really loved.  

Q and my nephew Caleb really loved the fish.  They couldn't leave them alone.  

The cleaning crew was very helpful with popcorn.  

Max stole two balloons and tied one of his army guys to them.  
He had a grand ceremony of sending his army guy into service.  

And my kitchen afterward.  

How was it letting go a little and not controlling every aspect?
A little sad.  
I realize I have a bunch more girl themes I never got to.  
So grand babies better be ready.
But really it was great to see Lily push back against me for control of her own life.  She is supposed to.  It makes me happy to see her be so independent. 

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