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Candles, Cookies, and Presents

September 30th, 2009

I was busy all day yesterday getting ready for the my oldest niece’s birthday party, which she decided was going to be a princess tea party. I was in charge of making the cake, which I decided would be fun to make small individual cakes that looked like petit fours (my sister still made a regular cake to put candles on). I decorated them with lavender from the garden, perfectly elegant for a ladies’ tea (the icing was colored with wild blackberries, nothing artificial about that)!
I spent the weekend making her gift, which was a colorful tutu. Since she’s getting interested in ballet she thought it was great, along with the ballet slippers complete with laces.
I picked some flowers from the garden to decorate the table, and my sister got out her best china for all the little girls to use. All the little girls arrived in their frilliest dresses ready for an evening of fun. After several princess themed crafts, they enjoyed eating all the tea snacks which my niece picked out. The menu consisted of: cookie press cookies, little smokies in a blanket, mini muffins, mini tea sandwiches, pumpkin rolls, cake and peppermint tea. Now that’s a menu!!!
It was a fun evening for all involved. The little girls really enjoyed having a tea and the crafts were a big hit.
I have many fond memories of birthday parties when I was growing up. I think this is a party she will remember for a lifetime, have you ever seen such happy little girl?

Any fun, non-garden related events you’ve enjoyed attending recently?

13 Comments to “Candles, Cookies, and Presents”
  1. Christine on September 30, 2009 at 6:32 am

    The girl next door turned three yesterday, as a matter of fact. She had her party on Saturday, and it was quite a bit of fun. Her father comes from Mexico, so it was very interesting to see how they celebrate birthdays, and they have a great song for whacking the pinata. She had a princess-themed party, but it swung more on the Disney side. Very cute though. Watching two and three year old kids trying to hit a pinata was a sight worth seeing.
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..Taylor’s Herb Garden =-.

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    • Susy on September 30, 2009 at 9:10 am

      Oh yes, I love hispanic parties. Since I grew up in South America I attended many of those growing up! They’re so much fun.

      Hannah had a piñata as well, that looked like a teapot, but she didn’t want to break it.

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  2. kristin @ going country on September 30, 2009 at 8:21 am

    You’re the coolest aunt ever.

    We went to an Oktoberfest celebration last weekend. It’s an annual event held by a man names Hans who immigrated here from Germany when he was 12. He has this huge party in his barn every year, with beer, food, and a German band. Obviously, I didn’t get any of the beer, but there were lots of brownies and chicken dancing, so the fun was not diminished in the least for me.
    .-= kristin @ going country´s last blog ..Worse than a Mouse Head =-.

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    • Susy on September 30, 2009 at 9:11 am

      That sounds like a fun event, I love it when people celebrate their heritage. Brownies sound delicious, mmmmmm.

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  3. Beegirl on September 30, 2009 at 8:48 am

    This is so sweet! I love your individual cakes! They turned out beautifully …and that tutu!!! She looks so happy. Hats off to you Auntie!
    .-= Beegirl´s last blog ..Jets =-.

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  4. Tree on September 30, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Can you do a Tutu turtorial? I am sure I could make one, if only I knew how. My oldest DD (11) is making a princess dress, fairy wings, crown and jewelry for her cousins Christmas gift (her little baby cousin is 3 and she adores dress up) I thing adding a tutu would be fun.
    .-= Tree´s last blog ..Setbacks and Failures =-.

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    • Susy on September 30, 2009 at 9:29 am

      It’s actually very easy, all you need is tulle cut into strips twice as long as you want the tutu to be. Then you sew a loop of elastic (I used fairly wide elastic, about 3/4-1 inch. Then you fold the tulle in half, loop the tulle around the elastic and pull the ends through the loop and tighten.

      Here’s an image I found that explains how to tie them, I used the method on the left:

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  5. Andres Stell on September 30, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Looks like it was a great party. I know my wife and I are excited to be able to celebrate our daughter’s parties like this as she gets older (currently 10 months old).
    .-= Andres Stell´s last blog ..Watermelon =-.

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  6. Kathie on September 30, 2009 at 10:51 am

    What a great party! I might have to do that for myself some time soon ;)
    .-= Kathie´s last blog ..Falls Color & A Quote =-.

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  7. Amy on September 30, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    How fun, I remember having a tea party with some friend’s, a dear friend of my Mom’s helped with it but she was killed in a car accident several years ago though! But I have fond memories of it though and we decorated hats and wore our finest dresses, some were our dress-up dresses.

    .-= Amy´s last blog ..The Measure Of Love =-.

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  8. Dan on September 30, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    What great little cakes, nice work!
    .-= Dan´s last blog ..Fall Photos on Wordless Wednesday =-.

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  9. Paul Zollinger on September 30, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Hannah Mae; you are SO pretty!

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  10. PaulusM on October 1, 2009 at 4:02 am

    My youngest daughter turned 3 today :-) She’s Mega Mindy, although she’s wearing her princess tutu… Her first reaction to the festive living room: ‘Ohhhh, what a big party!!!’ Heart melting :-)

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