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It is so hard to believe that my baby girl is four because she acts like she is fourteen!
From wanting to wear heels and makeup to being a pretty princess she has my job cut out for me! When she requested her birthday party have a princess theme, I cringed a little. Just a little. Who doesn't want to be a princess?
I was worried about pulling it off.
She also informed me that she was to have a rainbow cake covered in butterflies and flowers. I accomplished the rainbow. The butterflies and flowers was replaced with her adding her own touch of pizzazz with sprinkles and "fairy dust."
Since this will be the first party that she got to invite friends and her birthday falls in a month with unfavorable weather conditions we opted to have the party someplace other than our house.
Besides, we were planning to have a family dinner the following evening so having another location makes it a true party weekend with less for me to clean up.
Location, Location, Location!Once the theme was set we had to decide on a location.
She is an ice cream fiend and even though she would have preferred Menchies, Malley's was a close second and way more accommodating for a princess. Besides, the place is already in her favorite color scheme!
Malley's, by the way, was a brilliant choice. Not only were they accommodating, super nice and they put her name on the marquee but it was reasonable (read: cheap). It was absolutely fantastic!
Deciding on an activity.This is an old fashion ice cream parlor and the guests are preschoolers, a craft is a must. I found the perfect crown kits, that came with twelve crowns, twelve sheets of letters, twelve sheets of jewel stickers, and twelve sheets of foam sticky things.
The crowns and decoration went into a cute pink box plus some candy and bubbles. While the kids waited for other guests to arrive, they made their crowns.
Photobooth, again?I also wanted to do a photo booth with the princess theme and found a Disney princess backdrop that came with props. The backdrop was huge! The props were a good size put I added to it with my own ideas plus some word bubbles that said things like, Brains & Beauty and #EmbraceBossy.
I got so many great ideas from other bloggers as well as the Disney Side Celebrations website.
Cake, cupcakes, ice cream or all three!
Since ice cream was the second star of the party, I opted to have cupcakes-to-go. The boxes looked too cute on the table.
Baby girl had her heart set on a rainbow cake so, I made rainbow (or tie-dyed) cupcakes and topped them with a crown ring so they had one more item to add to their princess-in-a-box kit.
Click here for the printable invite
I made her invites and printed them on Avery Personal Creations Textured Postcards, rolled them like a scroll and tied them with a red ribbon for her to hand out to her friends.
Goody BoxAvery Shipping Labels 5963 - AVE8163.
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Rainbow Cake and Cupcakes
There are so many brilliant blogs and youtube videos that go into detail that I won't. I will share these tips:
- If you use egg whites - froth them first. The layers hold up so much better.
- Use gel icing, not liquid if you want rich colors with no additional mess. Plus it won't thin the batter.
- Make the cakes the night/day before or, if you must, let them completely cool in the freezer of fridge.
- If you use to-go boxes, open the boxes wide and place the cupcake in them before frosting and for goodness sakes - use a pastry bag!
Photo Booth Props
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