The Birthday Princess

I’m sure at some point most little girls dream of being a princess.  I know that I did, crossed my fingers, wished on every star and dreamed of the day that I would live in a castle wearing beautiful dresses.  I did find my prince, and though we don’t live in a fairytale setting, I’d say it’s the next best thing!  My older daughter would much rather live with dragons, but my longest is a princess through and through.  She is absolutely positive that she is a real princess.  There is not a day that goes by that she is not wearing a princess dress, shoes or a crown.

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So when it came time to celebrate her 3rd birthday, we had to have a princess party of course!  There were sparkly cupcakes, tiaras, jewelry and a princess dress up area.

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We brought the mirror and dress rack from her room and tucked into a corner of the dining room.  I bought a cheap ($10) garment rack from Wal-mart a few months ago and left out the top bars so that it would be just the right height to hang her princess dresses which had previously been shoved into a bin in her room.  This not only looked better, but displayed her dresses so that she could choose whichever she wanted to wear and accessorize them with her shoes underneath!  Win-win!!

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I had so many ideas for this party, but I may have procrastinated a lot little and didn’t do quite as overboard as I would have liked. We made a quick trip to Disney World a few days before her birthday.  What’s better than to meet other “real” princesses?  It was so fun, but exhausting!  Trying to recuperate and plan a party not so simple for me!   I kept seeing these cute cupcakes on pinterest with the princesses sticking out of the cupcakes so that the cupcakes looked like part of their dresses.  I couldn’t find an actual place to download or print off the images.  So, I had to make my own with googled images.  I cut them out and taped them to a toothpick.  I used the same sparkly  cupcake technique because princesses need sparkles.  Right??

The house was full of little princesses.  SO cute!  I think that her party was certainly a dream come true.

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One happy birthday girl!

Girlie Parties!

So we are rapidly approaching March.  It’s by far our busiest month.  Two of my kids have March birthdays.  With an older boy and a girl just a couple of years younger, we have no choice but to have two different parties.  I love parties.  I love planning party themes, making menus, cakes, etc.  It’s easy to be intimidated by all the parties you see online that are so extravagant and over the top.  It’s a kids birthday party, why spend $100s-$1000s of dollars on a KIDS PARTY??  Seriously.  My kids parties are planned on a pretty modest budget because they are going to care so much more about having fun with their friends at the party than how amazing it looks in pictures!  So I thought I would share a few photos from our parties over the last few years.

Today I will start with Girl parties!

Let’s go back to March 2011.

The butterfly party.

I was in the first trimester of my third pregnancy.  I hated food.  All food.  Indiscriminately.  So this menu was simple.  Fruit, cupcakes, drinks.

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IMG_0158iWe cut out lots and lots of butterflies.  Large and small.  We used them to decorate around the room, on the straws, even on the drinks. IMG_0156iI used candy melts to make butterflies, there were a few free handed ones but mainly I used a candy mold to make them.   Easy peasy.

Next was March 2012.

The mermaid party.

It definitely didn’t scream mermaid, but she loved it.

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There were cupcakes and a small cake.  the frosting was supposed to be reminiscent of waves.  IMG_1176iiOnce again, candy melts and molds were employed for seashell decorations that were placed on the cupcakes.

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The cake had three layers, the pink layer matched the cupcakes.  I loved this color combination.IMG_1182iI found fish plates at Michaels of all places, on clearance for 25¢.  I used them to hold various things on the table.   The “ocean cups” were a combination of jello and whipped cream.  Of course we had to serve Goldfish!  Spinach artichoke dip and bread for the grown ups!  I had a hurricane vase that wasn’t in use, so of course it needed a betta fish and matching colored pebbles.  I admit, I didn’t really think that idea through too much.  We had a beta on our dining room table for a few months, until a friend took it to her classroom as a pet!

On to March of 2013.

The rainbow party!

2013-03-30 00.57.23iThe thing I love about “generic themed” parties is that there is so much room for interpretation.

I made a bunch of different colored frosting and let her decorate the cake.  She thought that was the best thing ever.

Rainbow fruit tray.  Yes.

Rainbow plates. Yes. 2013-03-30 00.58.06iRainbow Goldfish and skittles.  Of course.

Rainbow twizzlers.  Who knew they existed?!  (obviously I don’t venture past the chocolate section of the candy aisle.)2013-03-30 00.57.47i

I couldn’t resist buying lots of brightly colored tulle.  And then, what to do with it?!  How about make a rainbow like the picture on the plates.  Awesome and Easy!2013-03-30 00.57.54i

Oh Hobby Lobby.  Why do you have to have the most awesome selection of everything?

Rainbow bead necklaces.  Easy party activity, take home gift, and extra burst of color all in one!2013-03-30 00.58.01iFor favors and bingo prizes I made hair bows and rainbow hair clips.  We packaged rainbows and clouds.  Even a flavored lip gloss.  Every little girls dream, without spending a ton of money!!