Charlie celebrated her birthday this weekend with friends, and a month early. She wanted to have a surprise party this year and as the next several weeks were quite full for us and our friends, we decided to surprise her in July, instead of August. Two birthdays seem right up her alley anyways, and I love her so much I’d give her a party everyday.

It was really fun to secretly plan this little garden crafts party and make a few simple decorations. We wanted to keep it fairly small and in line with the way we craft around here…the “there is no right or wrong” way…

I’ve been waking even earlier these summer days and it was nice to spend my quiet early hours setting the table on our deck. I made some preparations in advance so that everything was sorted out for the kids to make mobiles and flower bouquets.

They all had a lot of fun I think and the expression on Charlie’s face when she walked through the door and we all yelled, “Surprise” was so sweet.  And so gracious. We hung all the mobiles from the deck umbrella while the kids played some games so they could look at them all together when it was time to eat. Some of the kids made their own flower arrangements in old glass jars before heading home.

Jaime Rugh is an artist and author of the blog Found While Walking.


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One Comment


  1. Posted by: Andrea

    What a cute idea!

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