We went with a "By the Book" theme for the afternoon festivities. The invites were sent out the week before ...
I set up the party table the night before: the party started Wednesday afternoon with a picnic lunch (the schools have a half day that day). The table held our cake, crafts, and activities.
As we wrapped up the picnic, we held story time.
Games galore: "Book, Book, Movie" (aka "Duck, Duck, Goose")
"Bring the Book to Belle" (aka "Pin the Tail on the Donkey")
After the active games, we took a breather and sat down for a craft. I designed simple "All About Me" books which the kids colored and filled with pictures they cut out from old magazines.
Then it was back to something active: the piñata was a huge "hit" (hee hee). Everyone was able to bash at it at least twice before it finally crumbled.
(I love the look on Miss Lu's face here. I don't love my pregnant belly in the back, but oh well :)
(That's a pretty intense look too.)
Opening presents. Since we held a book-themed party, Miss Lu received a lot of books, much to her delight (and mine)!
The announcement that it was time to clean up and get ready for cake and ice-cream was greeted with much glee all around. (The cake and candle pictures didn't turn out, but there was a cake: chocolate with chocolate frosting, exactly as Miss Lu requested.)
We wrapped up with a giant balloon dance party to burn off all the sugar. Miss Lu spent a good hour the day before the party blowing up balloons and bringing them to me to tie them off. She filled up two garbage sacks!
Quite the party crew!