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World’s Coolest Aunt or Biggest Goober?

This past weekend my first niece celebrated her 4th birthday with a fairy princess themed party.

Niece 1 all dressed up for her fairy princess party!

Recognize the tutu? I can’t believe how much mileage she is getting from that thing! She is wearing it over the skirt of her store-brought fairy dress.

My sister went all out, making decorations and planning fun crafts & games for 6 little girls. (She even ordered fairy wings for all of them!) And I had promised to bake and decorate the cake.

Almost everything my sister used for decorations, crafts, and favors came from the dollar store!

The night before the party, I made the cake. It was an orange-flavored cake with vanilla buttercream frosting.

My house smelled like an orange dreamsicle for about 24 hours – yum!

Cake-making is sort of my hobby, but I’ve never really taken the time to learn the fine art of decorating them bakery-style or sculpting something amazing. I suppose that most of my cakes are simply pretty yet obviously homemade. And most are a bit of an experiment using trial and error as I go. But they always TASTE great even if they are ugly and a bit of a cakewreck.

I think this birthday cake was closer to “wreck” than most of my previous creations (partly because I was lazy and it was late at night, so I didn’t want to pull out all the fancy piping tools I have). And it’s kind of hard not to make a toadstool look suggestive when you don’t use fondant.

My sister made an adorable clothespin fairy topper!
I think it redeemed my lazy decorating a little.

Niece 1 is still young enough to appreciate anything colorful and sweet, so she loved it. =)

The invitation I received said “Have your little girls put on their “fairy” best and help us celebrate her 4th birthday with cake and ice cream, crafts, and games. Fairy wings will be provided.”

I may not be a little girl anymore, but I am a costumer and I couldn’t resist the chance to dress up! So while the cake was cooling the night before the party, I went digging through my random costume pieces for a fun outfit to wear.

I pulled out a lime green skirt I had purchased from a wardrobe sale at the end of a film shoot I worked on, and paired it will a fluffy white petticoat (to which my husband said “ohh, nooo.” with a groan).

I even had a matching lime green t-shirt! And a scrap of matching sparkly lime green tulle! – which I used to tie bows to my shoes and to my ponytail. Not bad for a last minute costume!

The Pixie Chicks.
Can you tell what my favorite color is?

I didn’t have any wings but Niece 1 had an extra pair left from an old Halloween costume that she let me borrow for the party. (She told me I looked like Tinkerbell.)

You can’t really see it in the photo, but I have on matching green eyeshadow.

Here’s a close-up of my shoes:

The holes in Crocs make it so easy to decorate them!

Once the guests arrived, they got their wings and flower crowns,

Three little pixies playing piano.

They made a craft (toadstool houses!),

Plastic bowl, Styrofoam cup, and stickers.

Played a couple of games,

Toss the Froggie beanbag onto a lilypad

Girls playing Xbox Kinect and the view of them “planting flowers” on the screen.

And of course, opened presents and ate cake & ice cream.  It was a fun party.

Later that night, my sister called to tell me that Niece 1 had proclaimed that “Aunt Brooke is the coolest aunt EVER!” after everyone had gone home. So in the eyes of a 4-year-old, at least, I’m not a big goober. =)

Maybe I’m just the coolest goober…

Related posts:

Tutu for a Toddler

Trampoline Ballet – Toddler Tutu Part Two

10 responses to “World’s Coolest Aunt or Biggest Goober?

  1. agirlinwinter June 6, 2012 at 4:42 am

    That’s so cute! I’d say world’s coolest aunt 🙂

  2. Karen June 6, 2012 at 10:04 am

    What a great post! Obviously, creativity runs in the family! I really enjoyed reading about this very special occasion.

    • Brooke June 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks! I’m so glad you liked my post! (I’m still trying to figure out what others like to see – I am horrible about predicting what will be popular with readers.)

  3. Ashley June 6, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Thanks again for making the cake! And for being the biggest fairy at the party! It was fun!

  4. Cation Designs June 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Definitely coolest aunt!! Besides, any excuse to dress up is a good one. And honestly, I wouldn’t have thought anything of the toadstool without your saying something about it…

    • Brooke June 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Thanks! And that’s good to know about the toadstool – I’ve probably just read too much on CakeWrecks and I my husband can still be a bit of a little boy. *grin*

  5. Athene June 6, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Cute idea – the little girls surely loved it! The fairy wings for everyone was a cute touch! I think she was dead-on in calling you Tinkerbell. 🙂

    • Brooke June 6, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      I love the wings my sister found, too! They are some of the cutest I’ve seen.

      Originally, I had just planned to wear my old Tinkerbell tshirt (it says “Who Cares!” and has an arms-crossed Tinkerbell on it) with jeans. But then I realized I had a shirt in the same shade of lime green as that skirt which would make a better oufit – and be a LOT more fun, hehe.

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