Dahlia turned 7 on March 4th, 2010 but our house was upside down, so we had a birthday party with all her school chums (and her BFF) at one of those gym, jumping, party houses. (Mama loved it 'cause all I had to do was order pizza, cut a cake and smile - not a thing to clean up.)
But we've had a tradition since Dahlia has been here where we have a birthday celebration with her China buddies and their families (our buddies). So June was a perfect time to (belatedly) celebrate our 7 year old Dahlia.
But instead of having a formal, themed, decorated and styled party, I opted for casual and fun. (And Mama rather liked that for a change!)
A few goodies (must haves) like sweet and spicy nuts.
A little blow-up pool and toys.
I bought everyone water guns, and party sprayers and let them have at it.
Some hors d'eouvres like Grecian beef pastries....
...and Feta and herb Eggplant rolls....
Roasted Spinach Portobellos to start. The kiddos had Beef sliders (which they gobbled up) and we BBQ'd Skewers of Chicken, Beef, Salmon and Veggie Kebobs, Italian sausage (as hot as I could find) with Potato Crostini and a spinache and arugula salad. (I'm not including recipes here but I might if you ask.)
Dessert was cupcakes for the kids (Dahlia's choice) and cheescake for the parents.
Our little gang has grown from 4 couples - no kids to 4 families with 2 kids each. All from China. After dinner the kiddos were a bit spent so TV was in order before the prezzies. Here are 6 of the 8 kids. Georgia (just under 2 years - our youngest and Nathan - our only boy must have been still outside when one of the Dad's snapped this picture.
Our treasures, for sure.
And, of course, Dahlia's BFF - Angel (both sporting teeth that have no idea where they are headed).
No celebration would be complete without these two together.
Hope everyone had a spectacular Canada Day celebration and a jubilant 4th of July!!!