I'll kind of be skipping around in time over the next few posts. Family have requested pix of Annabelle's party and so even though it was after Valentine's Day, I'm going to oblige my loving family and do Annabelle's birthday post and then we'll do a Valentine's post. And who am I kidding, I wanted to do Annabelle's birthday post first as well. I had so much fun prepping for the party!
Annabelle turned 5 on Saturday and had her first friend party. She decided to have a Princess and the Popstar party which I didn't love but went along with anyway. Above are the invitations. We found a picture she liked on the internet, saved it to my zip drive, typed up an invitation and then took the zip drive to the UPS store and had them put four on a page with the picture on the front and the party information on the back; the red grocery bag ties are just there to block our address :). It was a pretty inexpensive and easy way to get 12 invitations that match the party theme. I made them a couple of weeks before we handed them out because I was excited to get started :).
Annabelle and Jane helped me bake the cakes. My kitchen always looks disastrous when I make cakes.
We used a barbie skirt cake pan (I've used it 4 times now with the girls so it's worth the $10 or so I paid for it) and then I also made a 9 inch cake to go under the skirt cake because I knew it wouldn't be tall enough on it's own to fit Annabelle's Popstar barbie. I did have to use a knife and cut off just a little around the edges of the 9 inch cake once I placed the skirt cake on top.
The skirt used 2 cake boxes and then I made 1 more cake box for the 9 inch cake and the extra batter we used to make mini cupcakes. So a total of 3 cakes. I had to make a tiny cut on the Popstars' actual dress in order to get it off her so that I could stick her legs into the cake. Then I used her fabric skirt as a guide on how to decorate the cake.
Scott helped me decorate the house with crate paper(is that what it's called?).
The door sign:
When the girls started arriving, we had them sit at the table and color a princess and the popstar coloring page while we waited for the others to arrive.
We opened presents. To make it a little more fun for everyone involved, we had all the girls sit in a circle around Annabelle and then they passed around this soft cupcake I bought from the dollar store while we played music from the movie 'princess and the popstar' and if the music stopped on them, they would give their gift to Annabelle...like hot potato.