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A Butterfly Birthday Party: Celebrating Our Social Butterfly

Amelia turned six this weekend, and we had a serious birthday party today.  We are super proud of her– of how she has weathered all of the last two year’s transitions, and how cheerful, upbeat and likeable she has managed to be, through it all.  She has helped us make many connections in our new world and whenever we travel, and Jeff and I spend a lot of time being amazed by what a unique, loving and intense little person she is.  This was her first birthday away from family, and we wanted to make it special and sweet for her.
We invited six little girls, just hoping that at least three would come.  We were very happy that all of them could come, and it was so much (girly) fun!
We started by decorating some wings, and then each took a turn getting a little “butterfly make-up” applied and having their hair put up in twists like Amelia’s.  (I loved spending that little bit of time with each one!)Next, it was time for a treasure hunt that  Jeff set up (he was the master of games and crafts!)For years now, whenever I have asked Amelia what she wants, or what she wants to do for her birthday, she always starts talking about birthday cake.  To her, birthday= birthday cake.  This lemon cake is actually store-bought (gluten free, from Marks & Spencer) as it is one that I had planned to bring to her school Jubilee garden party– (here’s what happened with that.)  So it was convenient to have it in the freezer until today, when I decorated it with berries and edible flowers from our yard– too easy!
But for Amelia, no birthday is complete without a chocolate cake.  Jeff made flourless chocolate cupcakes, and I added the chocolate frosting, berries and more edible flowers.  The girls were so surprised and pleased to find out that they can EAT certain flowers (and they did, which made me happy!)

We set up for a picnic outside…All sorts of things I imagine butterflies would enjoy, if their mouths were a bit bigger…When it came time for the cake ceremony, it was starting to rain, so we hustled it all back inside– which I had decorated already, just in case.  (I am getting pretty good at living in England!)The weather cleared again, and we went back to our party games.  This time, it was “Pin the Butterfly on the Blossom.”  That was a lot of fun!And we ended up with a nice keepsake, which is hanging over Amelia’s bed now.Next: Musical chairs!  This was a special version, with live music…The little girls had so much fun, we did it again.  It was very telling of personalities…  Amelia is not competitive, but always had the luck of ending up right in front of en empty chair, while two other girls were fighting over a different one.  We’d have to remind her to take a seat!And then there were all of the sweet and thoughtful gifts.We barely made it through them, before we had to run inside as it started to pour…Six year old girls are a lot of fun!  We were also really happy to get to meet these nice girls’ parents, and hope to be able to spend more time with them (or at least their kids!)  Amelia had a really wonderful day, and now we are completely spent, and very glad, as always to have this sweet little thing in our lives.

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25 Responses to A Butterfly Birthday Party: Celebrating Our Social Butterfly

  1. Marisa June 23, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    There really are no words for how darling this party was! You really have a great eye – I’ve seen it in your interior design photos and this party looks like something from a magazine. Really sweet. Did you make that beautiful large blossom? It is spectacular! I also love that Jeff played the fiddle for those girls (I feel like I have to call it a fiddle on such an occasion!) Looks like Amelia had an absolutely perfect day and it looks like her friends are having a marvelous time as well – I love how the little girl in the hello kitty shirt looks like she is having such a fun time in the musical chairs picture – just lovely!

    • Ariana June 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

      Thank you, Marisa! I did make the flower, and it was actually very easy. I got an old piece of cardboard and some glue, and rounded up the tissue paper from the presents Amelia had already unwrapped. It was a quick, fun project!
      And you are right about calling the violin a fiddle in this case! It was so sweet, and reminded me of Pa in the Little House on the Prairie books. Glad you enjoyed the pictures– it was so sweet, we were so glad we decided to go for it!

  2. Grandma Seelye June 24, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    Yes!! This party is over the top! I think you should submit this to a magazine! I’m sure all those girls had the time of their lives!! Amelia is so dear!! Love you.

    • Ariana June 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

      Thank you, Grandma! After your encouragement, I have submitted it to Apartment Therapy… We’ll see if they want to feature it. And, yes, those girls had so much fun,and it was nice to be a part of that. I don’t think anyone had more fun that Amelia, though, and that was the best part!

  3. Liene June 24, 2012 at 6:40 am #

    Your party table is just beautiful! I only have to figure out how to sell the idea to my two sons for one of their birthdays…

    • Ariana June 24, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

      Dragonfly party? Firefly party (if there can be real fire, or at least flashlights– ooh, flashlight tag!) I like girly parties, but I also think about what I’d do if I had boys…

  4. Jenny June 24, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    What a beautiful birthday celebration for a beautiful girl! That blossom is amazing. And everything- from the cake, to the cupcakes, to the lovely picnic, and the live music- has your magical touch. Thanks for letting us take a peek at her special day. xx

    • Ariana June 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

      Aw, thanks Jenny. So glad you enjoyed seeing/ reading the report! It was super fun. Kind of exhausting (not the preparation, but the energy required to keep up with 7 six year olds!) but totally worth it.

  5. shelly June 24, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    What a sweet little face in the first pic.

    • Ariana June 24, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      Thank you, Shelly, and thanks for stopping by!

  6. Kym Hamer June 24, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    What a lovely party…my birthday’s coming up…do you think 43 is too old for a butterfly party?

  7. Ana Gaby June 25, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    What a perfect party! Your little girls looks like she had the best time ever! Good job mom!

    • Ariana June 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

      Aw, thanks Ana! I think she had more fun than even she expected, which is great!

  8. margot June 26, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    What a lovely post! It makes me remember all the “at home” birthdays I did with my own children. I love, love pin the butterfly on the blossom and may steal that to do with my class! So great, thanks for sharing, beautiful pictures as well!

    • Ariana June 28, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

      Thank you Margot! It actually reminded me of the birthday parties I went to as a kid– the party games, running around outside, etc. I love the old-fashioned kind of fun. And the blossom was pretty easy to make, I’m sure it would be a fun class project!

  9. monika June 30, 2012 at 3:12 am #

    What an utterly magical birthday party!

    Amelia will remember this, and cherish it always.

    I love all the beautiful edible blossoms.

    • Ariana July 3, 2012 at 11:30 am #

      Thank you, Monika! It’s kind of nice to be in the part of Amelia’s life that she will remember now. I remember wanting her to have a really good time at her parties when she was younger, but I also realized that she wouldn’t remember them anyhow… We usually just invited friends to a park, served them breakfast, and let the kids play. This was our first “real” party, and it was super fun!

  10. Anonymous October 9, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    thanks for posting..

  11. Courtney @ The Polivka Family April 9, 2013 at 12:36 am #

    Just beautiful! Enchanting! You’re so creative and colorful, Ariana! Lovely!

  12. Tammy June 27, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    WOW!! My almost 3 yr. old loves butterflies and I can’t wait to use some of these adorable ideas!! Thanks for posting and her party was just precious!! Great job Mama! 😉

  13. Reshma Sharma July 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    Lovely party. Hi! I just came across your post as I was looking for some party ideas for my daughter’s upcoming birthday. I have a butterfly theme planned for her and I have gone through many blogs and pictures but there was something so endearing about this party. You have a lovely girl and the party looks awesome. Hope I plan a good one for mine too :)

  14. Lunia July 25, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    What a precious birthday party! I am planning a birthday party for my two girls who are exactly 3 years and a day apart. My eldest is going to be 4 and she wants a butterfly theme, but we have already booked a petting zoo, so I have to come up with a creative way to combine the two. I love your blossom, how did you get the butterflies to stick to it and also what did you use to make your butterfly. Any suggestions you may have is greatly appreciated. Thanks for sharing your daughters’ lovely birthday!

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