We had our own little celebration with gifts after lunch.
We ordered dinner in to make things easier for us since our guests were arriving at 6:30 to come help us bake. When her friends arrived we whisked them into the kitchen to make cupcakes and cut out sugar cookies. The baking was wild and super fun as you will see in the photos. They sang and then ate the results.She had wanted to take macarons but, because of the timing it couldn't happen and also I've not attempted them before. The two of us love macarons and we did serve store bought ones halfway through the night. The girls watched An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success. Then the girls who were getting picked up went home.
I made each girl a little night light with a battery operated candle inside a mason jar filled with moss and a cut out fairy.
They had fun with French themed photo props.
Four girls stayed the night. They took turns with the flashlight telling stories and playing teacher. Then they each read for a while and fell asleep. It was her third sleepover and the first time I hosted one. Matthew went on his first sleepover that night as well which was really fun for him and better then hanging home with a bunch of girls.
In the morning, Mick made them crepes. One of her gifts was a sewing machine which has really good reviews and is super cute. We are setting it up next to mine so we can work together.
Just for fun - photos from her first birthday!