i know i’m a bit behind, but i wanted to share with you a super easy party i threw for gracie’s 9th birthday last month.
she started with high hopes of having a horse party, complete with lessons for all her friends. and that dream was quickly squashed.
since we’re not bajillionaires, we had decided to cut back on all our kids’ birthday parties this year and go simple (read: cheap).
so i slyly suggested a slumber party with her 3 closest friends and she took the bait!
i sent out a simple email invite, and did no decorating other than getting the slumbering room ready.
since the girls already have 2 twin beds in their room all we had to add was our queen size air mattress. a little rearranging of beds, and hanging and old birthday banner, and the room was party ready!
gracie loves horses (hence the horse party idea) so we still incorporated them into her party. we live down the street from cal poly and they have a ton of horses there for us to visit.
this is my favorite time of year to go because all the babies are being born! i think we saw over 15 of them!
how cute is this?!
these horses are always so friendly and come right up to the fence and let us love on them.
even the mamas are super gentle.
we also incorporated a little “giving back” into her party, so we wrapped up some store bought cookies and headed downtown to pass them out to homeless people. a couple of the girls had never done it before and were nervous, but soon became comfortable and joined right in!
i let gracie choose whatever she wanted for dinner so we had pancakes with strawberries and whip cream!
and for dessert i made some more trix crispies because i had leftovers from our batch we brought to school. and because i wanted more of them.
earlier in the week i had made all the girls matching jammie pants from vintage sheets i had in my stash. no tutorial, sorry. they all fit kind of awkwardly but there were no complaints, just a lot of tugging at the sagging rears ;) thats what i get for doing things without a pattern!
the rest of the night was spent making friendship bracelets, drawing and watching a movie on their beds.
and its not a slumber party without popcorn!
in the morning, we made homemade donuts and then the girls played for a couple more hours.
it was so easy and inexpensive! this was such a great age to do this. the girls loved it and so did i – i was hands free the whole evening after dinner!