It was Ella's year to have a friend party this year and after much thought on her part, she decided to have a pool party. Since swimming is her favorite activity and she has a birthday in the summer it was perfect. We had it at my parents' house which which made it nice and easy for me and arrived there earlier in the day to get everything set up. We brought some decorations and used some of my mom's cute garlands, set-up a little photo booth area and got the food all ready to go. We had all Ella's favorite kinds of chips, pizza, fruit, and lil' smokies wrapped in bacon (one of her all time favorite things). Ella also was very specific about wanting to play musical chairs and do the limbo :-). She and I had fun putting together a play list of songs to play during the party and picking out something to give as party favors. She invited her best friends from school, church and swimming and despite it being summer the majority of the girls were able to come. I think they all had a fun time...I know Ella did!
That night three girls spent the night at our house and they were up FOREVER! At midnight I told them it was time to go to sleep, got them all situated and went to turn in for the night myself. Bursts of laughter woke me up until about 2:30am...and by that point I had decided it would be a long time before we have anyone spend the night again :-).