I recently wrote a letter to my 4-year-old birthday girl, and we actually had her family party a little over a week ago, but I’m just getting around to sharing party details.
When I told Rae we’d be having a little family birthday shindig and that she could pick a theme for it, she immediately requested a ballerina party. But when she saw a tiara pinata at Hobby Lobby, we decided to combine a princess and ballerina theme. (My girls are really into pinatas.) She asked her Gaba to wear pink to her party like her, but she wanted a pink and purple cupcake. Birthday princesses can get away with being persnickety. :-)
I made simple chocolate cupcakes out of box, but I did go the extra effort to make homemade buttercream frosting ( mix together 1 stick of butter, 3 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 tablespoons milk). I found these great vintage ballerina cupcake toppers over at Etsy. We served the cupcakes with the strawberry ice cream Rae picked out.
Rae also requested pink punch to drink from her royal cup. I mixed together about half a gallon of raspberry sherbet with two liters of raspberry ginger ale. Yum!
Rae wanted pizza for dinner, so we ordered some pies. Easy enough.
It was a lovely, simple party and just what the princess ordered. I know birthday parties can get out of hand and that families can easily turn these events into materialistic hoopla. However, what this special day was for Rae, her sisters, and for her proud parents was a day to savor family, to make good memories, and to celebrate a sweet girl who is very special to us.
Bear with me as I share a few more images from the par-tee!