Oh no? Yeah me either. :/
I had planned everything out and I had made everything all adorable. I printed off handmade signs for every game and food. I printed off individual labels for individual bags of cotton candy and even stuffed the bags with the sticky goodness myself. I made beautiful birthday banners with glittery cardstock and pretty printed paper. I baked a very simple cake (which isn't like me at all) along with very simply cupcakes (without toppers!!!). I was going the "easy route" and simplifying everywhere I could because I wanted the actual party to be great! I even cleaned the house, knowing that it was an outdoor party.
Oh did I mention that before the party I took the time to make about SIXTY balloon animals?! Yes I kinda sorta taught myself how to make balloon animals to make the party super special.
Picture over a dozen of these signs, one for every game... (Template found here: http://theballoonred.blogspot.com/2013/04/carnival-games-and-printables-part-2.html)
It rained for two whole days before Sunday, the day of the party, yet God graced us with an amazing sunny blue sky. Everything was coming together nicely... until it was time to take everything outside to set up.
I couldn't even take all of my cute hand-bagged popcorn and cotton candy out of the baskets because the wind was blowing it all away!
I also couldn't set up my pretty cupcake stand due to the wind, so I had to set out some pans. All of our napkins and plates and such had to be kept in walmart bags... oh that was attractive. :/
Yet again, I was the only one who seemed to mind.
When it was time for cake, Chyenne was shoveling popcorn into her mouth as fast as she could before blowing out the candles.
This little class clown caught a frog a few hours before the party and carried it around in a box for most of the day. HILARIOUS!
The birthday girl ended up with a ton of crafty loot and a whole lot of money! lol.
Anddd a new bike from Daddy.
Despite how crazy the birthday party ended up Chyenne said it was the best day of her life so far. Although I didn't get pinterest-worthy photographs of the "perfect" party I had envisioned, I'm glad it turned out how it did. It was messy and fun. Just like childhood should be. I'm still hoping my sisters got a few better pictures of the décor than I managed to.