I'm not one of those moms that plans a big birthday party every year. In fact, Madeline has never had a friend party. This year we wanted to do something social, so we gave her the choice of having a friend party or taking one friend to go and do something special. She chose to take a friend to Build a bear since she had never been. I was happy about that. :)
On the day of her birthday, I took the kids out to lunch, and we had her requested dinner - Tuscan Tomato Soup with grilled cheese. (what five year old asks for that? We love that recipe. You must try it.) We also made her requested cake - a butterfly with white cake and pink frosting. I let her decorate it how she wanted. We played "pin the bow" on Hello Kitty and opened gifts. Watching her this Christmas and birthday, I have loved that it's not hard to please a little five year old. She was absolutely thrilled with the pink balloons I snuck into her room and put on her ceiling during the night. :)
The next Saturday was the big friend part. We picked up her friend and headed to the mall. They chatted excitedly on the way. Charlie and Matt became bored quickly, so they went to play on the playground while the girls focused on shopping. Picking out their stuffed animal was easy. They both wanted the gingerbread hello kitty and they both wanted to name theirs Ginger. It was picking out the outfit that took forever! Watching these two girls made me laugh. They went back and forth and back and forth. At one point, her friend said, "you can't put a winter hat with a spring dress!" Watch out teenage years... But with some help, they both walked away pretty happy and excited.