Jules and her buddy Paige have known each other since birth…literally. They were born one day apart and met in the hospital nursery. They are best buds and we see them very often (they built directly across the street from us).
With a lot going on this year, we opted for a joint pool party – easy peasy! Usually I am the Pinterest party momma who spends and makes way too much on a birthday party, but honestly I am too exhausted LOL. Paige’s mom agreed…as she has been caring for a newborn. We decided on a simple and easy party for the girls…and they didn’t mind one bit.
The day before the party (Jules’ actual birthday), we gave Jules her present from our family. I told her after she took her bath she could open it (I knew once she opened it I wasn’t going to get her in the bath LOL). Kennedy was such the little momma giving her the present…and showing her how to use it – she is such a proud big sister.
We gave her the Amazon Kids Kindle Fire which she kept calling her ipad, but Kennedy made SURE to teach her the difference :)
For Jules & Paige’s party we decided on separate invitations. For the most part, we invite the same people to parties (with the exception of family), but I did not want Paige’s peeps to feel they needed to bring a gift for Jules.
My only request was that they each have their own cake. I wanted them to each have their own special happy-birthday-blow-out-the-candles moment.
I didn’t even put out themed food…and that is usually my favorite part! I guess being 9 months pregnant in 100+ degree weather is finally catching up with me…
We opted for hot dogs, chicken nuggets, French fries, and macaroni – any kids dream buffet :)
Even though big sister Kennedy can swim the length of the pool, she has always been afraid to go off the diving board and swim to the side. My big girl overcame her fear at the party and jumped off the diving board then swam to the side all by herself! Now we can’t get her off :)
My poor nephew Dayton broke his elbow a couple of weeks ago. Luckily, they make these cool oven-mitt looking devices to put over a cast so it doesn’t get wet. He looked so funny swimming with his little broken fin, but that didn’t stop him one bit.
Our usual cake decorator was out of town, so Brooke came to the rescue. She made two pool cupcake pull apart cakes – they came out great! I contributed the little banners…that’s about how talented I am in the cake decorating field :/
Paige’s turn was up first because, after all, she is one day older. Happy Birthday, Paige!
Jules’ turn was next – my girl was all smiles while we sang Happy Birthday. I kept laughing at momma Kennedy who kept watching Jules and clapping for her…I love how close they are :)
After cupcakes, it was time for presents. Every time someone would ask me what to get Jules for her birthday, I would say it does not matter because Jules is easy. It’s so true. She will like anything anyone gives her…and she gets so excited about every single present. She kept saying “Oh my gosh! Wow!” I could watch her open presents all day long.
When she opened this embroidered pillowcase, she said, “Look Mom! J-U-L-E-S! For Jules!”
The birthday girls ended the evening by snacking on some cheese balls and goldfish from the beach pails…using the shovels :)