Earlier in the fall, we had discussed having a small birthday party in the park with Harper's friends - much like we'd done all summer, with bikes, masks and lots of space and fresh air. Then it became clear that we needed to think different with Covid numbers going up and lock down restrictions in place. So the Drive-By Pandemic Party became the thing. Disappointing to be sure, but so much better than nothing at all. And I think it went well.
The Birthday Girl asked for a Baby Yoda themed party. DONE! (Honestly I thought it would be Harry Potter again! Happy to move on from that.)
So Baby Yoda for the win!
First there was party prep on Saturday and BIG ASS BALLOONS. Because why not.
Kurt bought Harper some old school gifts.
We put together gift bags for the kids who were going to come by. We made sticker packs and Harper drew on each of them. There were Baby Yoda cups and stickers and gummy frogs in each gift bag, plus homemade cupcakes for everyone to take home.
The morning of:
We start with the traditional balloons and streamers on Harper's door.
Then we moved on to opening presents:
Did we got a little overboard? Maybe. But to be clear - 3 of these gifts were from other people. We gave Harper six presents: 2 were books, 2 were board games and 2 were items of clothing she so desperately needed as she's grown out of everything! All in all, very practical.
Then pancakes - Found the batter mix with this on it. When did that happen? I think it was some random school morning a while back - Hilarious.
Note to self - next year do the numbers backward so they look better when finished cooking.
Grace sent nice presents and one was this WEINERMOBILE WHISTLE!!!!!! She got to see the WM in person a few weeks ago.
I was so excited! Harper was all: "meh" so I said: GIVE IT. It's mine now. Thanks Grace!
Then on to frosting cupcakes! We made the cakes the day before and did buttercream frosting the morning of.
Green for Baby Yoda theme...
Harper did all the frosting herself.
Kurt worked hard to set up the drive-way drive-by "Party" venue while we were decorating and getting other stuff ready.
Ready to party!
Street party art:
The party starts!
We love our friends!!!
At one point there were about 12-15 people standing around our driveway/in the street (all masked, and all standing at safe distances) and it was so bittersweet to only be able to wave and chat loudly, then send them on their way with gift bags and cupcakes. I'm go grateful for all our friends who were able to make it over!
And then we were tired.
We cleaned up, then Harper opened more presents.
Then we had burgers and pie and played LIFE.
For what it was - Pandemic Birthday with Lock Down regulations in place - not too bad, all things considered.Harper is a lucky lucky girl and I'm so glad we could make it special in its own way.
The days go slow, but the years fly by.
UPDATE: I forgot to add the invite I made for the party: