Adam and I discussed and decided that we would ask Elie if she wanted to have a party this year. I am totally opposed to *destination* birthday parties (you know, where you spend hundreds of dollars for a ginourmous party) and so we said it would be a small party at home (our rule is the age you are turning plus one). She was totally excited and immediately thought of seven friends that she wanted to invite. She also wanted a disney princess themed party. Part of me cringed at this request, but I knew that we could do it in a low key, low cost way and so we said okay. We decided that we'd decorate t-shirts with puffy paint and jewels, that way we could have an activity and a party favor all wrapped up in one. Elie also decided that she wanted a "princess castle cake with princess sitting on it." Whew. The order was a pink and purple castle (since pink and purple are "princess colors") and princesses and flowers. I was pretty relaxed about the party (slightly nervous about keeping eight six year olds entertained for two hours) but totally paranoid about the cake. I searched around and ordered this. I decided that I needed a little bit of creative help to create a castle w/princesses masterpiece.
So last week I started learning how to make frosting roses and I started creating them. That was Wednesday. Thursday Adam and I baked the cakes (we needed four, 2 10 inchers and 2 6 inchers). We had a bit of a cake baking disaster involving burning batter, smoking and lots of scraping the bottom of a hot oven. Lesson: don't believe the pan capacity listed on the pan insert, they lie. I was concerned because it seemed like an auspicious beginning. However, by Sunday night when we were finally putting the cake together, things were falling into place. So, without further ado here is what we created.
Does this cake not ROCK!?!?! Okay, so I'm a little, ahem, proud. It really turned out well. And She was really surprised.
The party went well, though it was tough keeping the girls entertained. Adam and I hadn't prepared enough activities and so we were scrambling a bit in the middle. I went down stairs and was frantically looking up games we could play and printing out princess coloring sheets. But thank goodness for the internet, we were saved and there was no riot.
I'm glad that we gave our little Princess Elie a princess party. But it was a lot of work and we got puffy paint on the dining room wall and ended up with the bathroom door locked from the inside with no one in it. In conclusion we won't be doing this every year, but I'm glad we did it this one!