As my mom and I were heading back home from picking up the tables and chairs for the party, we had to be detoured around a downed power-line...thats right, we had lost power! This was about 2 o'clock, and the party begins at 5 o'clock. So, we start brainstorming ideas...is there any possible way it could be back on by party-time, where could we move the party, what exactly would my brother's generator power, and on and on?
My brother-in-law works for Alabama Power, he got on the phone to see what he could find out. The "official people" were saying we should have power back on by 5:30, but his connections said 4:30. We all agreed we should just stay put as planned, and hope for the best...(and my brother, Chad was bringing the generator just in case.)
So, we start setting up for the party. At almost exactly 4:30, the power is restored! Hooray for Alabama Power! Everything is coming together...the rain has stopped, the moon-walk guy sets up, the clowns (Chad and Mikey) are getting dressed, all the kids are dressed, and I think I just saw the sun peek out from behind the clouds!
The guests started arriving right on time.
We had face-painting by my sister, Tiffany.
Most of the girls chose to be butterflies,
and the boys wanted super-hero faces.
We moved outside.
We had tables and chairs set-up in the garage.
Maddie Rae, and Karyn
my mom was in charge of churning out the popcorn.
It tasted good, and everyone loved the smell!
Ava opening some of her presents.
"Happy Birthday" and have cake.
The cake was really yummy with "whipped" icing.
It was finally "Pinata Time".
The kids had patiently been waiting
The aftermath of the pinata.
Mommy and Ava acting silly.
Ava loving on her daddy.
Now the kids just continued to play in the moonwalk...
As day turned to night, and the sun set...
Still more fun was to be had on the play-yard.
Train for 4!
All in all, we had 50 guests: 22 kids and 28 adults. We ate 2lbs worth of BBQ sandwiches and consumed 32 hotdogs. There was 1/4 of the birthday cake leftover. We cooked 3 batches of popcorn. No one left hungry!
Would I do it again...in a heartbeat! Next week, NO!
I love you Ava, Happy 4th Birthday!