The kids, my two oldest, my neice and nephew, have been taking riding lessons this summer. Naturally horses are all of the rage to them right now. So when the birthday ideas were rolling around the one and only theme to be had was a horse of course! (I had to.)
The farm, where the lessons are had, rents a pavilion along with a horse riding package for parties. My sister, the chef, is also quite an efficient party planner (she gets that from our mother). She made the giant daisy overhead streamer for an area designated as the dance floor. (She also made the burlap birthday banner from the featured image.)
She covered all of the picnic tables with white cloths and made beautiful arrangements with wildflowers and Mason jars.
The menu included hamburgers (requested by the birthday girl)…
baked beans and watermelon…
and potato salad.
The weather was absolutely gorgeous for cowboys and cowgirls alike.
As a memento for the birthday girl, everyone attending the party signed a picture…
of Addi with her favorite horse, Morning Star.
I have to admit, when Addi said she wanted a cake with the face of Morning Star, I was nervous it would come across like something from The Godfather, but it turned out pretty cute.
A highlight of the evening for me was the daddy-daughter dance.
Everyone got to take home a little “haystack.” Have you had one of those before with chow mein noodles and butterscotch? Um, delicious.
Thank you Addi! You are turning into such a lovely young lady!