So, when it all came down to it, the four-year-old, who is now five, had a very fun time at her loosely-themed imaginary animal birthday party. Here are some pictures of the merriment.Our simple party favors - swedish fish in a tea cup, with a bookmark
cupcakes (what child doesn't like funfetti?)
our burro pinata (when we broke it up, the children started spontaneously chanting "kill the horse, kill the horse." it was a little Lord of the Flies-ish)
we did a treasure hunt to find all of the things to make a little farm/fairy/whatever-you-think-it-is hut out of small peat pots and other little objects
a child attempting to glue a live snail into her scene (we found out that glue doesn't stick to snails, and that they make strange clear bubbles when they feel threatened. Apparently getting glued to cardboard is threatening.)
and a little thank you note that we made together. all done.