You know when you’ve never met someone, but you’ve seen lots of them or read and heard so much about them, that you feel like you know them? Well, I finally got to meet my someone, and I found myself kind of giddy. She’s a bit of a celebrity, you see, especially around these parts. She’s been on the news and in the papers. And she’s having a birthday soon. Her name is Evie. Her Aunt Letitia, and now her sweet mom, Dee, are friends of mine. Her 4th birthday party is this weekend, and I was asked (and honored really) to help.
The inspiration? This newly completed Under the Sea wall mural at their house.
I hear Evie is great in the water, and she loves princesses, so for the party we went with a mermaid theme. Here are the invitations I designed.
Well, wouldn’t you know I was headed to beautiful Orange Beach, Alabama that very next weekend after we spoke, so I dropped by a souvenir shop and picked up some nautilus shells for a party craft, Ariel-style. The kids are going to make their own necklaces.
And in a strange twist of fate, I had grabbed two sets of these foam bath toys months ago on clearance at Target.
They were just so festive that I could think of several “Aha!” uses, and I just loved the color combinations. Like a primate with shiny objects, I couldn’t pass them up. So I bought them, not really knowing when I’d get a chance to use them. Then, Evie’s party came up. Take bath toy, insert sucker stick and there you have it. Cupcake toppers!
I was so tickled to help with the fun. Party planning it just so catching. I love when everyone gets caught up in the enthusiasm.
This is sweet little Evie seeing the new mural in her therapy room for the first time. She and her family are a different kind of inspiration. You see, in addition to the most hypnotic blue-grey eyes and mile-long lashes, Evie has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. They have founded a non-profit called Stop SMA and tirelessly host events to raise money for research.
SMA was something I’d never heard of before it affected the family of someone I knew. It is the number ONE genetic killer of very young children. There is currently no treatment and no cure, but researchers are close. They estimate that with funding they could find a cure in the next five years. So effected families all over are taking it to the streets to raise awareness and funds for the research to find a cure! Just like most of us, these moms and dads brought home happy, healthy, thriving babies, and then down the road received the SMA diagnosis. Can you imagine?
You can watch this video created by another SMA organization, The Gwendolyn Strong Foundation, for a better understanding. What else can we do? See below. Please vote and share this info with everyone you know.
- You can vote once EVERY DAY from now until September 29th at 5 PM EDT
- Go to VoteForSMA.com, select the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation, enter the two security words, check the Official Rules box, and then click “Vote Now!”
- That’s it! It’s really that simple.
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- And…don’t stop there — SHARE!
Here’s wishing the birthday girl a wonderful deep sea adventure. Happy 4th birthday, Evie!