their blog post is long overdue but better late than never! Call me a little kid, but I have the best time planning my kids parties. I may go overboard just a little bit (haha...ok maybe a lot), but I bake for other people every day, that getting to bake for my own family gives me so much pleasure.
You know how it is... it is like the shoe maker without shoes. A few months ago my husband celebrated his birthday with a store bought bakery cake. To avoid that from happening, I took a "vacation" the week of the girls party to make sure I gave them 120% of my attention.
Every birthday I usually come up with the party theme. This was the 1st year that the girls actually had an opinion! That being said they are 4 year old girls whose days are filled with tea parties, dress up clothing, and tiara's....obviously this party was going to be all about princesses.
If you ask the girls what they want to be when they grow up, Bella immediately says a princess, and Sophie always says that she wants to be a "mommy that bakes." This party was all about them so we needed to incorporate everything they love, while making them independently feel like this is their special day. Here we go...
First and most important, we had to send out the birthday invitations, which I always end up sending from paperless post - easy, quick, and fool proof.
We were planning a Princess cupcake decorating party, and every girl was to come dressed in princess attire.
After the invitations went out it was time to start shopping. Piles of boxes arrived at my door every day, (thank G-d for amazon prime!), and Target and Party City bags literally lined the halls of my house.
I found these amazing pink sparkly plates from Target along with really cute princess table cloths.
Both girls picked out their own princess dresses. Bella was going to be dressed as Elsa, Sophie- Anna, and Annie- Cinderella. They took it so seriously, it was adorable. The girls were involved in everything - I wanted to make sure I was listening to what they wanted rather than getting carried away in my own inner child, party planning, excitement.
The girls worked together putting together all the goody bags. Sophie was in charge of the purple bags (her favorite color), and Bella was in charge of the pink (her favorite color). Together they came up with a system to organize and pack all the goods.
Continuing on with birthday prep - My mom and I took the girls for manicures the Friday before the party to get all princess'd up - which of course got ruined 3 seconds after we left but it's all in the experience ;)
The party was on a Sunday, so I set everything up Saturday night. I wish I had videoed when the girls woke up in the morning, they could not contain their excitement.
by 7:00 am They were ready, dressed and waiting for their party to begin. The party could not have started fast enough.
10:30 came and 24 little princesses arrived. When the girls came in, there was a table cloth on the floor, all set and ready for the girls to decorate their own princess crowns.
Next, the girls moved to the dining room table where they each decorated 2 princess cupcakes. On the table there was a bunch of different icing colors (chosen by the Bella and Sophie), a variety of sprinkles, plates filled with princess toppers, and individual cups filled with fondant flowers and butterflies for each of the girls.
The kids were amazing. Each cupcake was so individualized. They each came out so unique and fun.
After that, the girls moved back to the tablecloth on the floor and strung fruit loops on pipe cleaners making fabulous princess bracelets.
When that was done we had pizza and then of course the cake!
The party was amazing! After everyone left Sophie told me that it was "way too short!"
The kids totally went home on a sugar high (apologies to all the parents!) and my kids were flying high on excitement. Bella still wears her Elsa costume to bed every single night and Sophie wore her Anna costume to school a few days after the party. I couldn't be happier with how things turned out.
Besides the desserts and the actual party, the smiles on my kid’s faces were worth more than I could ever describe. Excited to see what this year brings!