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Our darling girl turned 8 this summer! Lily is seriously the sweetest, most genuine girl you’ll meet. She is bouncy and silly beyond measure, comes across as though she has her head in the clouds but will startle you with brilliant observations. She is the first to say thank you. The first to apologize. And just all around brings such light to our lives!

We host friend parties when the kids turn 8 (a couple years ago we decided to celebrate 1, 6, 8, 12, 16, and 18 with parties, all other birthdays are still a blast, but more low key) Lily’s request was for a surprise party, which I loved. I run across so many party ideas I love, so it was fun to brainstorm the best fit for Lily and her friends. We chose a painting party and invited school and church friends, siblings, plus a new neighbor!

The girls had a ton of fun, Lily was completely surprised when she arrived home from a playdate to find a house full of friends, and I didn’t have to cook because all we ate were cupcakes. I consider that an all around win!

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dsc_2687-largeShe enthusiastically pointed to herself on “Happy Birthday to ME!” each time!