F’s party theme this year was likely based less on the actual farmers market itself, and more on the fun things that she likes to do when we visit the farmers market – listen to the music, eat popsicles, splash in the fountains. But it’s still a perfect party theme for July around here, and we had a similar party when E turned four – although she called it her pool party.
I came up with the idea for the invitations this year when I saw this pale green, sort of shimmery, wrinkled paper rolled up on the clearance shelf at ArtMart. As soon as I saw it I could envision little berry baskets cut out of it, and then I picked up a stack of papers the colors of the rainbow and cut out little fruits and veggies. I based those on the cookie cutters I have, so this week I have the task of icing a few zillion little cookies to match. F was the one that first connected all the “F” words in her party – her name, Four, Farmers Market, Fountain – so it seemed like a simple way to describe the event. I hand wrote all the information on the back. I like the casualness of a handwritten invitation – but it does mean that I write a few and then take a break for a bit to avoid serious writers cramp.
We’ve never had a weather issue with our July and August birthdays around here – and they are always outside. But this is not a typical year, so fingers crossed that the only water we have this Saturday will be shooting out of a fountain!