Soooo, it’s been a year since my last blog. Shameful. I need to stop trying to find time to craft “the perfect post” and just write. I’ll have to beat up the perfectionist in me to make that happen….In the meantime, another year has passed and my baby girl is now four. FOUR! Where is the time going? I love watching her grow up and want her to stop growing up at the same time. But, let’s get down to business – Landry’s 4th birthday party.
The Theme: This year, Landry actually chose her own party theme. She wanted a Cinderella party, but I went more with a “Cinderella inspired” theme than the actual character. She didn’t seem to mind. She had been watching the original Cinderella movie and loved it, and then we took her to DisneyWorld in May. She got to meet Cinderella (twice!) and have dinner inside Cinderella’s Castle while dressed as a princess courtesy of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (she chose Anna from Frozen which actually surprised me. I thought Cinderella would be a done-deal). I’ve been to DisneyWorld quite a few times in my life, but it truly was a magical experience seeing Disney through her eyes – and Ramsey’s, too. He had never been, either!
The activity: Anyway, back to the party. I thought for sure she’d love having Cinderella come to her party and read a story, paint faces, and do whatever it is Cinderella does in the presence of a dozen 4-year olds. However, when I asked her if she wanted Cinderella come to her party, she told me in a very matter-of-fact tone “No, I already met her.”
She immediately followed up with “I want ponies.” If you read my prior blog post, you’d know that we had ponies last year as part of her Cowgirl theme. Well, Landry appears to have the memory of an elephant and had not forgotten about the beloved ponies. So, I called up Austin Pony Parties and booked 2 more ponies for this year.
While the kids did love the ponies, they were not nearly as crazy popular this year as they were last year. But, the kids still had a great time, and Landry got to ride both ponies multiple times.
The stuff: I totally didn’t cheat at all this year. I made EVERYTHING. For the invite, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut a dress shape out of light blue cardstock and embellished it with sparkle cardstock, tulle, ribbon, and a single rhinestone. I have to say that I think this invite was the best one yet! But, I’ll let you be the judge. I also transformed a hideous 99 cent candle from Hobby Lobby into a fabulous beaded beauty. I created a custom door hanger from HTD on my embroidery machine. I made all the food signage, embellished the gift bags, and decked the house out in blue and white tulle. I also found plastic glass slippers and scattered them everywhere. And, of course there were crowns for all the princes and princesses that would be attending. It was pretty fabulous!
The Cake and Cookies: It wouldn’t be a birthday party without a cake and cupcakes from Classy Cakes and cookies made by my wonderful Mother-in-Law. The cake. Ohhhh, the cake. It was a masterpiece! I took elements from several cakes I found via Pinterest and asked Lori to combine them into one fabulous creation. And, she did an amazing job! It was, of course, as delicious as always with the traditional lemon/lemon curd on the bottom layer and chocolate/raspberry on the top layer. I also had her make a pair of glass slipper cupcakes as well as 2 “dress” cupcakes to go with another dozen cupcakes with little tiny fondant shoes on top. Loved. Them. All. And, my MIL never ceases to amaze me with her cookies in the shape of tiny wands, crowns, glass slippers, and 4s. Precious!
The outfit: Well, this is where I cheated. I bought her a Cinderella costume from the Disney Store. There was no way I could make something as beautiful and fun as it for the price. It goes perfectly with the glass slipper shoes we bought at DisneyWorld. Wha-La. Outfit done. Ramsey, of course, is always a good sport and voluntarily dressed up as Gus-Gus for the party. Landry loved it. While I didn’t make her party outfit, I did make her an outfit for her 4th birthday photos…..It turned out really cute. I embroidered a “4” with a crown on a white top and totally knocked off a skirt I saw on LollyWolly Doodle. I traded the chevron for houndstooth, but I think mine turned out just as cute. And, even better is that the outfit photographed beautifully. Of course it never hurts when you have an adorable subject and the amazing photography skills of Alison Eden.
The drinks: This year I decided the adults needed some beverages, so we had the makings for Mimosas and Bloody Marys. I have to put in a shameless plug for our new Tony Chachere’s Bloody Mary Mix. Based on what I hear from the connoisseur of Bloody Marys (aka my neighbor Paul), this is hands-down the best Bloody Mary mix available. Word on the street is that Paul has convinced the Spec’s by our house to start carrying it, but I haven’t confirmed that in person myself. Like Bloody Marys? Go ahead and give it whirl.
The pics: I remembered to charge my DSLR camera this year. Yay! And, my sweet friend Lisa brought hers and took some pics, as well. And, of course, I supplemented with my iPhone. It seriously takes the best pics. All that to say that I have a MILLION pics of this party. I’ll spare you the million and just post a few.
I had been waiting patiently for the “princess” theme to come up for her birthday. And, I really enjoyed every minute of creating a great party that hopefully she’ll remember (which I doubt, but at least there are a million pictures!).
I’ll try to do better with my blogging. I’m on sabbatical for the entire month of December, so perhaps I can fit some time in to post a blog or two on all the projects I’ve been creating with my sewing/embroidery machine. If you don’t want to wait, follow me on Instagram – I post pics of nearly all my creations there. Until next time….