We celebrated Veda's 5th birthday last week. Five! She requested a rainbow paint party with friends (her first time asking for a friends party), so that's what we did. Lots of prep went into it as we gathered painting supplies, watercolor paper, invitations, food, hats... the whole nine yards. And then the big day came when 10 friends appeared at the door and celebrated with her. She had a blast.
It was not the easiest thing this introverted mama has ever done though. As soon as everyone was gone, I holed up with the door closed while my dear husband graciously cleaned up and gave me some space to recover.
Maybe next year we'll do a pool party for a few friends and call it a day. :)