Friday, July 29, 2016

Princess Party for our Little 3 Year Old Princess!

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Tomorrow, July 30, our youngest will turn 3 years old!  (Her annual birthday tribute post will be my next blog post.)  Today we celebrated our sweet girl with a Princess Party theme!  I've made princess themed cakes before, but this was the first year I decided to try a princess themed cupcake cake!

After my 12 year old daughter searched Pinterest for me for princess cake ideas, she found this one to use as our guide.

So we got to work and it was so fun to work with a few of my daughters on this cake!
First some Before and After photos, then some details...

Now a few "behind the scene" details...
I had a leftover pizza box top that I first covered in aluminum foil and placed the homemade Hershey cupcakes on the board to make sure they fit.  The chocolate cake recipe on the back of the Hershey's cocoa container is a family favorite and very easy to make!  I've used the recipe for several cakes in the past.

After I covered the box top in aluminum foil I thought it needed some more princess "fanciness" so my very crafty neighbor happened to have some silvery glitter wrapping paper in her craft room.  Perfect! So I wrapped the pizza box with the shiny glitter paper.

Then it was time to decorate with my helpers.  To make the flower-like cupcakes I first made homemade cream cheese icing that we love and put in several drops of pink food coloring to tint it.  Then we dropped the icing into Cake Mate plastic decorating bags and used the Cake Mate decorating tip that made the icing look like a flower when you swirled it around.   As my 12 year old pointed out, we had to fill in the gaps between each cupcake so we just made wider swirls for each cupcake to make them look connected.

Here is the finished princess cupcake cake complete with purple ribbon that I laid on top of 2 cupcakes that I got from that crafty neighbor of mine and we decorated the dress with white/purple Celebration Sixlets.  I also bought the purple tiara and wand from the $1 store and my 12 year old daughter hot glued the silver decorative string around the star on the wand. (The icing looks like a different color in each of the photos below, but they aren't.  The photo on my left was taken with my not so good smartphone and the one on the right was taken with our good Canon.)

The party was at 3 PM so we had snacks, cupcakes/cake and ice cream.  Here's the table set up: 

We had "Wand"-erful Watermelon, Castle Cantelope, Prince Pretzels, Princess Popcorn, and Fancy Fish. I made the signs very quickly by just finding free images on my computer and pasting them into a word document.  Then glued the images onto card stock and wrote the names of each food.  Very easy and quick to do!

We had kids of all ages at the party so everyone mostly just played with activities that I set out.  We had dress up clothes available, bubbles, small kiddie pool, and chalk art.  We didn't get to alot of the activities that I had planned (like find the treasures in the sand box) because everyone was running around having fun and trying to stay cool on the hot afternoon.

I really fun and easy bubble activity that I used to do with my now older kids is "fly swatter bubbles". Get a clean plastic fly swatter and dip it into a bucket/tray of bubbles and then flick the swatter back and forth fast and it makes lots of small bubbles.  Really fun and kids love it!

Cake and singing time!

My 8 year old daughter made a cake for her little sister since we weren't sure we would have enough cupcakes.  She iced the cake and used pink and blue Sixlets candies to spell out her sister's name. Then she used small ball sprinkles and laid a wand across the cake then put the "3" candle in the cake. 

Our little princess received so many wonderful gifts from sweet friends.  Here she is opening up her Sophia the First dress up gown and shoes...

The littlest guests got a princess goodie bag filled with a princess cup, stickers, bubbles, ring, and wand. 

Princesses love to party and change into several different outfits throughout the day.  It takes alot of energy to be a princess and sometimes princesses tucker out and need their beauty rest...

Sweet dreams little princess.  We had so much fun celebrating your special 3rd birthday with you!  We love you so much!


Chris said...

WOW! What a lucky girl! I wish I could have come! I would love to have seen the little bday girl playing with all her princess-y stuff!!

Happy bday to the littlest SMith! I can't believe she is 3 already...
what a fantastic party you threw.....and that was so fast. It takes me forever to get a party post up.

I hope you're enjoying her special day today!

That cake is amazing! I'm pinning just in case I ever have the need for a princess cake.....although I could just come here and do a cake search!

Thanks for sharing the details!

Happy Birthday to the 3y/o princess...that last pic is priceless!!

Anonymous said...

Everything is precious.
But that last picture is just the best.
What a great day she had!
Love this post.
And you outdid yourself on the cake.
Oh - and I really want watermelon and cantaloupe now.
I'm gonna have to go get my tiara.


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