I know it's late, but here's a bit about Maia's birthday party...
Maia turned five on Holy Thursday. That morning, we had a cupcake party, wherein her guests (and siblings) decorated cupcakes, with twelve options of frosting and twelve options of topping. Each kid got an apron with her name stenciled onto it. Each guest also took home some cupcakes for her family. Everyone had a fantastic time. It was an easy and very fun party to host.
We have a tradition of putting out Maia's birthday gifts the night before, so she can open them first thing in the morning. This time around, she crawled into bed with me at 6:00 a.m. and informed me she'd already opened all of her gifts... without us. Apparently she forgot that we're all supposed to be there when she opens them. Fortunately, some of them she got past the wrapping, but couldn't open up the boxes. So we got to share in a bit of the excitement.
(Above, Maia decorates her jewelry box at 6:30 a.m. the day of her birthday)