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This past weekend my first niece celebrated her 4th birthday with a fairy princess themed 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.
The night before the party, I made the cake. It was an orange-flavored cake with vanilla buttercream frosting.
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.
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!
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.)
Here’s a close-up of my shoes:
Once the guests arrived, they got their wings and flower crowns,
They made a craft (toadstool houses!),
Played a couple of games,
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…
That’s so cute! I’d say world’s coolest aunt 🙂
Aww, thanks. =)
What a great post! Obviously, creativity runs in the family! I really enjoyed reading about this very special occasion.
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.)
Thanks again for making the cake! And for being the biggest fairy at the party! It was fun!
LOL “biggest fairy” – that sounds so bad! Glad Niece 1 liked her party – you did a great job planning everything! =)
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…
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*
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. 🙂
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.