Our Claire Bear turned four on July 20th. I can hardly believe it. This past Saturday afternoon, we had a party to celebrate with our family and closest friends. Every year, I try to think of a theme that Claire would enjoy. Since she isn’t able to directly tell me she wants, I have to get creative. Earlier this year her therapist, Tara, discovered that Claire LOVES the song Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Like she will stop whatever she is doing, get wide eyed, and just take in the melodic goodness of that tune! So I went with that, but put my own spin on it and created a preppy nautical party for my princess.

I hand made the decorations, which I love to do for Claire. I created classic paper sailor hats for the kids:

A nautical bunting:

Wooden oar and rope word sign (tutorial here):

Boat sign and table runner stamped with anchors for the ice cream sundae bar:

The guests made their own custom sundaes:

Lots of topping in pretty mason jars:

The kids played a bucket toss game (I filled ballons with jingle bells because I thought Claire would like the sound):

We have the most supportive, loving, and fun family and friends. It was a bit hectic with so many folks in our little house (and a bit overwhelming for Claire too), but it just makes my heart happy to see all these people that adore Claire gathered together to celebrate her. I am so thankful for them.

Also, everyone joined in to sing Claire her favorite song:

merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

life is a but a dream…

(p.s. an extra special huge thank you to our dear friend Mike Olbinski for taking most of these pictures. He is the best! Hire him!)

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