I can’t believe that Princess Bella’s Birthday Soiree was already two days ago! I have been fixin’ to get ready to post some pics since then, but so many other happenings kept happening!
So let’s get straight down to it.
The cake. Oh, wow, what can I say. The hubby is the most brilliant, wonderfully creative, enabling kind of guy. I know this is all about Bella’s birthday and the cake and stuff, but I just have to say super quickly, my hubby rocks! He doesn’t ever try to damper my whacky party ideas, he doesn’t try to bring me down to Earth and tell me I can’t do anything. He actually jumps right in and has a blast with me, and even goes so far as to make it even more awesome than I had imagined!!!
Okay, so back to the cake. I wanted some kind of cake befitting the Royal Princess (ya know, I hope that doesn’t start sounding like we do nothing but spoil our children, although we might, Bella just really was born in to this world to command it, her personality!)…and it needed to be a total girl cake.
And here’s how it finished up:
And here’s what was in the middle:
I know, polka dots! That is all Christopher’s doing. I’ll include here a couple of pics of how to polka dots were put together, I might come back later and do a super-quick how-to on that whole thing 🙂
But on to the Birthday Banner. That has become some kind of tradition in our home, at least the kids think that they are supposed to have a banner now for every birthday and holiday event. My fault…so this time around I just started grabbing stuff out of my fabric stash and throwing it into the sewing machine. And the kids colored the crown cut-outs to add as decorations.
And yes, that’s some of my paintings on the wall, Bella wouldn’t let me move them for the party!
Now, the party favors. We don’t do huge parties with all kinds of kids and people over. Remembering our kidlets are home-schooled, so we don’t have to outdo all of the birthday parties of the whole kindergarten. We do have a couple of buddies that play with ours just about every day, so we have them over with a couple of close friends. So I don’t have to put together an enormous pile of party favor loot. I got to really go for it 🙂
I made the treat bags out of pieces of denim from my stash, all from old pairs of blue jeans. Jeans that have been outgrown, jeans that have gotten holes in the knees, jeans that finally have too much paint to wear in the light of day. And I used boys’ jeans and girls’ jeans. Some had sections that I could use as a whole piece, and some I had to piece together with patches from other pieces. I also frayed the edges of everything a bit and left the seams on the outside. For handles, I used lace and ribbons from the stash box.
I worried throughout the week as I made the little bags, by the way. I kept thinking they were looking dumb, or that they were a bad idea, just like going through hating some other piece of art I’m creating. Not sure why I’d get away with it on party favors…
But I just kept sewing, and as the kids were in and out all week, they’d see the little bags coming together. They were so excited when they finally got to have their little homemade artsy bag creation! And they’ve been carrying them around with them since, including the neighbor kids! They’ve all got the little journals I made them stuffed in the bags, along with video games and plastic jewelry and doodads and candy…they just carry their little things in them, even the boys! It also helped that the bags had lollipops and ring pops and tootsie rolls and starbursts and plastic gemstone rings, too.
Here’s a quick peek at the journals I made them, a la clear packing tape and rubber bands (like the duct tape journals you see all over the place) and patterned papers and cardboard-painted covers. And just like with the bags, the kids all watched me making the little books and squawked with delight when they finally got their hands on them and could start drawing in them!
We cooked out burgers, and ate yummies and cake and ice cream, and Princess Bella delighted in all of the rightful attention she was getting. And everyone showered her with gifts of love and sparkles, a whole pile of dress-up fodder…which she has been donning and trying on and admiring and wearing for the paparazzi.
It’s funny. I didn’t have to run out and buy anything to do all of this preparation. I just dug around in my boxes and bins of stashed fodder…so much of it was recycled material, or free craigslist stuff, or thrift store finds saved for a rainy day. I spent a lot of time, and put a ton of love into it all, but not so much in monies. But this will be one of those birthdays she’s gonna remember as one of the most magical and love-filled parties ever!