Today my sweet Riley turns 4 years old ! Something about age 4 seems so grown up . How did this happen so quickly? Even though today is the official day , it sort of feels like it already happened since we held her party a few weekends ago . We went with a circus theme this year .
Once the invitations went out, Riley and I got to work on the party games and decorations.
Four is definitely a fun year for a birthday party . Riley was so excited in the weeks leading up to the big day and she loved helping in anyway that she could . The day started off with gifts from the family and then everyone pitched in to help get ready for the party .
Luckily we had beautiful weather - otherwise I would have had a house full of sugar-fueled kids ! While the guests were arriving the kids stayed busy making foam animal faces .
Once everyone arrived it was time to start the games ! We had 6 games set out in the yard and the kids earned tickets each time they played a game . After about an hour of collecting tickets they could turn them in at the prize table .
Bean Bag Toss
Walk the Tightrope
Pin the Nose on the Clown
And there was also a World's Largest Bubble game but I forgot to take pictures of that one .
And Riley's favorite part of any party - the PINATA!
Finally it was time to hand out the party favors and thank everyone for helping us celebrate Riley's big day .
It was a great celebration and I think it definitely made Riley feel special to have so many friends and family gather in her honor . Today's festivities will be on a much smaller scale and will just include the four of us. In her four short years, Riley has taught us so much about the important things in life and I love her so much that it makes my heart hurt . Happy 4th Birthday, Sweet Riley B !
*About half of these pictures were actually taken by my sister. She kindly sent me her photos from the party since I wasn't overly pleased with mine. Thanks, Katie!