April 23rd was Lily's third birthday. She told me she wanted a party, and also specified the guest list. It was me, Lily, Chris, Emily, Thomas, and Connor. Lily proclaimed that anyone else would be "too much." Her birthday was on a Monday, so keeping her party tiny meant that we could do it on the actual day, which I thought she'd understand better than celebrating on a different day.
I picked her up early from daycare and she and I went home and started to get things ready. We put up some doggy-themed decorations and Lily got into her "party dress."
The cupcakes -- a variety of mini ones from my favorite local bakery -- required much attention.
Lily was also very excited that the cake plates featured a dog that looks pretty much exactly like Wrigley.
Once the decorations were up and the party dresses were on, we were ready for our guests. Everyone arrived and we had dinner, then got down to business. Lil opened some presents. I bought her a "band in a box" kit that featured a drum, a trumpet, maracas, and a tambourine. As soon as she and Connor saw that, they were ready to jam. (By this time, she had taken off her party dress in favor of something more casual, but somewhere in the middle of the "performance" she put her dress back on. Costumes are an essential part of a good show.)
This is what is commonly referred to as "a good sport:"
We rounded the night out with some cupcakes and ice cream. Note the gluttonous dog in the background.