In years past, Lucy has been notorious for being sleepy/cranky/tantrum-y at her birthday party, because of a lack of sleep the night before. Whether that's because she's excited prior to the big day, or just a child's knack for knowing how to thwart her parent's best laid plans, I don't know, but I did know that I wanted this year to be enjoyable. Enjoyable for Lucy seems to be low-key and laid back, so we pared down the celebration and kept it quieter this year - and didn't mention the party to her beforehand ;)
My love for Etsy and Pinterest really came in handy here. Fortunately, I found an office supply site online that provided cutout wall decor that would have taken me eons to draw myself (and they were then recognizable, score!), as well as cardstock book covers that I hole punched and strung with ribbon.