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July 13, 2011

Princess Birthday Party

For our daughter’s 6th birthday, we held her party at a local gymnastics center. 1 hour of instructed gymnastics on all of the fun equipment, and 1 hour of cake, treats, and present opening.  Despite the hot day and lack of air conditioning, the kids seemed to have a great time!

As our daughter gets older, I’m afraid we might not have very many years left of girly girl themed parties, so this year I was excited when she decided on a princess theme. Since it was a unisex party, I used both blue and pink for her party colours.

I baked the mini Princess cake using this Wilton Mini Wonder Mold. When the cake cooled, I inserted this Princess Cake Topper and whipped up a batch of blue buttercream frosting. After piping the dress bottom on, I sprinkled blue disco dust all over the dress!

If you’re wondering why I made both a cake and cupcakes…I was a little sketchy about transporting the castle cake to the party because there’s so many speed bumps in the parking lot and I didn’t want the pillars to fall over. So I made 4 dozen cupcakes (half choc/half vanilla) with vanilla buttercream frosting for the kids party, and the castle cake was for our after-party with family at our house. My favourite part was the edible sparkles (disco dust). You can use a small paintbrush to dust the sparkles on top of the cupcakes after you’ve frosted them.

I hand-made 4 dozen cupcake skirts shaped like crowns in 4 different shades of 8 x 12″ scrapbook paper. Here’s a template for the skirts if you would like to try making them too.

I had a little “oops” with the castle cake…when I was mixing the fondant, I accidentally scooped purple food colouring instead of blue into the fondant and once I started kneading it, it was too late to salvage and add blue…therefore I had to use purple flowers for this cake. My daughter still loved it though!

We bought some pink elephant popcorn and then made our own buttered popcorn and filled these cute individual cardboard containers. I found some sparkly crowns and castle stickers at a local craft store and applied those to add a little more glitter. I stored them in a wooden serving tray and accessorized with some pink feather boa’s.

One thing I learned from this years party was that, once again I over thought everything and the party went by so fast I didn’t get much of a chance to enjoy it! Despite that, my husband took some really good photo’s of the kids and my daughter said she had the best birthday ever!

p.s. Here’s the invitations I designed, printed, cut-out and glittered. SO fun!

Happy Summer!

Crystal

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