Neve’s 5th Birthday Princess Party!

8 Feb

Guys, I’m so sorry for my delay with this one! I actually had it written weeks ago, but we were having a little (ok, a big) snafu with our pictures, so I had to sit on it for a while until we could get things back in working order. Then I forgot to post it! Sheesh. Sorry about that, especially since so many of you reached out for Neve’s special day.

Before I get to the party, I just want reiterate how quickly time is passing. It’s exhilarating and terrifying all at the same time. Neve is becoming such a neat little girl. She’s feisty and full of life, she’s spirited and has a laugh that’s guaranteed to make you join in, she’s headstrong and stubborn, yet she can be the most gentle, sensitive little lady. She loves candy and chocolate more than I ever knew someone could. She thrives on routines, habits and traditions. She’s funny, she’s stylish and she loves to dress herself. She knows what she wants and she goes after it without hesitation- she’s fearless and fierce. And so loved. And just an overall awesome kid. Can’t wait to see what this year brings!

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Neve told me back over the summer that she wanted a ‘Princess Party.’ And all these months later, she stuck to her guns! Her only requests were ‘pink, purple and all friends dressed as princesses.’ What baby wants, baby gets! Ha!img_3003

Per our usual style, we kept things pretty simple and fairly small. Those really are the best kinds of parties, don’t you think? I don’t know, but I always love a good birthday party thrown at home so you can focus on the actual celebration and the people and the fellowship. Although that’s not to say that it’s sure not easier going out to celebrate and leaving the cooking and decorating- and clean up!- to somebody else! 😉 Nah, I still wouldn’t change a thing ❤

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The party was a great success and our girl sure felt celebrated and loved. All the little princesses were just precious and they all seemed to have a blast, especially playing Pin the Kiss on the Frog and Princess Bingo! Best of all, we have such a great group of friends here- all of us navigating this expatriate life the best we can. It really does take a village.

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Taryn and Neve were in school together on base when we first arrived and now they do gymnastics together. Taryn is a year older.

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Present Time!

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Neve actually won this game, no peaking!

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These three all arrived in Stuttgart about the same time and started the schoolyear together in the German Immersion program on base. Coincidentally, Estelle is from Charleston, too, and will be returning there about the same time we do! Small world!

Now y’all know how much I love to bake. And birthdays are my favorite because that means full-on fancy, decorated cake (it should be noted that cake is my absolute favorite sweet treat on the entire planet) made special for that one person to celebrate her big day. I would opt for homemade over store bought any day of the week, hands down. Here’s the thing- I’m a pretty decent baker and I’d even be willing to put some money down on the deliciousness of some of my specialties- but a decorator I AM NOT. Like, really not. Decorating is always the most challenging part for me- the most unnerving and, at times, exasperating- and I spend hours reading articles and watching ‘how to’ videos just in the hope of getting it even remotely close! But I try my damnedest. No matter what I end up with, though, I hope the real message everyone gets is that it was made with love and that I tried my best- and that at least it (hopefully) tastes good, so there’s that! Ha!

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As soon as Neve mentioned having a Princess Party, I remembered a cake I’d seen on one of the blogs I follow and immediately got to work researching how to create it for my girl. As always, it was important to me for the cake and icing to homemade from scratch. That was first and foremost. Then I wanted the inside to be as pretty as the outside would (hopefully) be, so I knew I wanted the pink and purple request to be reflected throughout. And finally, I had to somehow figure out how to put it all together and ice it to look like a ballgown! *crickets* Most definitely a labor of love. And most definitely one of the most fun, rewarding cakes I’ve ever made. No, it wasn’t perfect and no, it wasn’t exactly as I’d pictured it in my head (seriously, how many things are?!), but it was lovely, it was delicious and Neve’s eyes just sparkled when she saw it. *Happy Mama*

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My attempt at the ‘ombre’ cake trend, going from light to dark. The cake was my own recipe of Classic White with my traditional vanilla bean buttercream ❤

I think it’s safe to say that our girl sure felt like a princess that day. She even threw her arms around my neck that evening and said, ‘Thanks, mama, for the best party ever.’ My heart melted. It’s the little things ❤

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And as if two birthday celebrations- one at Chuck E. Cheese in Charleston and one with a house full of princesses- weren’t enough, we had to do one last one to round out the week- this time at school. 🙂 A neat little note: birthdays are the only time that sugar is allowed in the kindi, so the kids take it very seriously when they’re choosing what type of treat to bring in to share with their friends. Months in advance, Neve told me EXACTLY what she wanted: a sheet cake ‘that you cut with a knife into big squares,’ strawberry pink inside ‘with ground up strawberries actually in it,’ white icing, Oreos ‘somewhere on it’, and ‘strawberries cut in half all over the top.’ You got it, dude. ❤

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She came home from school that day and told me that her’s was the best cake ever and that every single friend ate his entire piece. ‘The pan was really, really empty after the party.’ ❤

10 Responses to “Neve’s 5th Birthday Princess Party!”

  1. Marilyn Deatley February 9, 2017 at 2:52 AM #

    I haven’t told you lately how much I enjoy reading all your family news. The Princess Party was so enjoyable for Neve and friends and me! She is an adorable little girl. Wishing her many, many more birthday parties with Mama making the cake. God Bless all of you.

    • Erin T. February 9, 2017 at 10:01 AM #

      Thank you so much, Marilyn, for reaching out! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoy following along on our adventures! Hope all is well with you!

  2. Georgia February 9, 2017 at 1:50 AM #

    You are a great Mama. You did good @ had a happy little girl.

    • Erin T. February 9, 2017 at 10:01 AM #

      Thanks so much, Georgie!

  3. Eleanor February 8, 2017 at 8:49 PM #

    I have seen Neve with huge parties for her birthday with everyone wearing pajamas and now the small party with the many beautiful Princess’. Great party as always to a super and talented Mom who reads and studies before she brings out the cake! Another Happy Birthday to Neve and another super party to her Mom and Dad and the many friends!

    • Erin T. February 9, 2017 at 10:02 AM #

      We sure do give it our best shot, right?! Ha! Wish you guys could’ve been here for the festivities!

  4. Robin and Larry February 8, 2017 at 8:39 PM #

    Neve really has no idea how lucky she is but one day she will. She will look back at all of these blogs and relive some wonderful memories and know what a truly great mother she has.

    • Erin T. February 9, 2017 at 10:02 AM #

      Best comment of all. Thank you ❤

  5. Kindal Boyle February 8, 2017 at 4:48 PM #

    I think your cake is perfect, just like the party itself. I miss seeing kids having parties like we grew up. just friends coming over to play and have fun. This brings back memories and sounds like the best way to celebrate 5!

    • Erin T. February 8, 2017 at 7:05 PM #

      Thank you!! Yes, I miss the simple birthday parties from when we were kids! It was all about the friends and the fun. ❤

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