Olivia’s 11th Birthday Party

Grace and Kate planned Olivia’s birthday party, which was after the holidays. The theme evolved into what ended up being cupcake wars. All the the teams worked hard on their creations and each enjoyed the fruits (cupcakes) of their labor.

The options for the movie screen were “IT” and “The Incredibles.” They chose the latter. The slumber party went smoothly (I guess I wouldn’t really know because I was sleeping). Olivia is lucky to have a great group of friends to celebrate with her.

Happy Birthday, Olivia!

Olivia’s 11th Birthday Celebration at Benihana in Michigan

Our last dinner together in Michigan was to celebrate Olivia’s 11th birthday. We don’t traditionally celebrate birthdays there, but it was what Olivia wanted. The number one thing Olivia has been asking for is a cat. I wasn’t a proponent of making a pet a Christmas or Birthday gift, but Grace had mentally committed to getting a new cat. Olivia was overjoyed to read the news that it was finally happening.

Happy Birthday, Olivia!

Olivia’s 10th Birthday Celebration at Hakkasan in NYC

On Thursday, December 29th, we had one last family gathering in NYC to celebrate Olivia’s 10th birthday. She and the rest of the family had been to Hakkasan before with Dave’s boss and she really enjoyed their macarons, so she requested that restaurant. This was my first time eating at any Hakkasan and the food was great.

What a special occasion to spend our last night in New York before heading home. We can’t believe Olivia is double-digits. Happy Birthday to our beloved Olivia!

Olivia’s 9th Birthday Dinner with Family

We had all of our families together at our house for Olivia’s 9th birthday. It was a relaxing day at home with the kids’s cousins, aunts and uncles and all their grandparents. Hopefully she’ll remember these special family times together.

Happy Birthday, Olivia! You’re still the sweetest and we love you so much. Here’s to your last single-digit birthday (sniff).

Olivia’s Harry Potter Birthday Sleepover

Learning our lesson from Lucas’s ambitious birthday party (every 1st grader), Olivia had a more manageable sleepover with just a few girls from school (still so hard to choose!). Once again, our old nanny, Kate, was put in charge of logistics and decorating. She did an amazing job of transforming the house into Hogwarts.

Grace cooked a house elf-worthy dinner, while Kate led the girls in activities that included decorating spell books, making wands, and making potions. Even the hors d’oeuvres and desserts were Harry Potter-themed. The most entertaining activity was choosing their house while wearing the sorting hat. There were at least three rounds of this.

The girls watched the movie prior to bedtime. Grace only had to come down 3 times to quiet them down. In the morning, breakfast was served and Olivia opened her gifts from her thoughtful friends.

It was another great party at home, which we hope Olivia and Lucas will remember fondly. Thanks again to Kate for all the creative ideas. Hope you enjoyed your party, Olivia!