Birthdays are sort of a random thing around here. We used to have big parties with family, but our families kept growing and it got too overwhelming. We have tried having just grandparents over to celebrate but the younger kids miss their cousins. Sometimes I let them plan a special outing with a few friends. Sometimes we smoosh a few kids' birthdays together into one celebration. Sometimes we just end up skipping it all together. If we do plan some sort of a birthday party it is always a last minute affair.
My girls that were turning 7 and 10 decided they wanted a joint beach birthday/summer soiree sleepover with some of their girl cousins. Oh, and after many tears and a lot of debate and calendar checking, it turned out that the best day to have this event would be in two days. I told you... last. minute.
Considering how little time we had to prepare, it turned out pretty well. They really wanted a beach theme but after consulting Pinterest together, it took on a little more of a tropical flair. We all had to work together...
The birthday portion of the party was followed by a sleepover with 9 girls here. They called it the "Summer Soiree" and made their own admission tickets with washi tape and cardstock.
The younger girls made these adorable handprint flamingos!
All in all, it was a fun, crafty party and the girls worked really hard to help make it all come together.
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