After much anticipation, someone finally turned 6 today! We don't do big parties but I do like to decorate for her...over the past few weeks she had been going back and forth between another kitty birthday (as in Hello Kitty), a tiger birthday, a lion birthday, a Frozen birthday, a Doc McStuffin's birthday. I finally made the decision for her and went with a Frozen theme since anything and everything Frozen pretty much rules our world right now! When she came downstairs this morning, this is what she found (minus the unwrapped presents, this picture was taken afterwards as it may still have been dark when she got up this morning!). There was much squealing and jumping up and down and hand clapping. So much different that her first birthday at home when she quietly approached the table and proceeded to lick her cake.
First things first, presents had to be opened!
She really ,really, really wanted this Baby Alive doll...it was the only thing she specifically asked for. She really isn't into dolls, but the whole fact that it burped and peed was too much for her to resist!
And of course there was the cake. For a hot minute I considered creating a Frozen cake but one day while we were at Dairy Queen I saw they had one so between being able to get one that was already done plus it being an ice cream cake I was sold. The only way she would go to sleep last night was if I promised her she could have birthday cake for breakfast so at 6:00 this morning we were serving up cake.
Here are a few more pictures of the decorations, I have been pulling things together for a few weeks and am pretty happy with how it turned out, kind of vintage Frozen. Never say never to Disney themes because it will happen to you sooner or later!
It turns out I had some things on hand already that I could use. The backdrop is a vintage sheet, the mini tree is from last Christmas and Olaf came out from the playroom. I tried to do things on a budget and looked for sales and coupons. The Frozen paperware was on sale at Party City and the drink dispenser came from Five Below. The Olaf print is from my Etsy shop, I just framed it in an expensive Ikea frame.
I knew I wanted poms and pinwheels because in my mind poms and pinwheels = party! The poms came from eBay, you can find them lots of places (Hobby Lobby, Party City, Target) but these were cheaper and who doesn't like getting a package from China?! The pinwheels came from Party City and Hobby Lobby. I used straight pins to attach them to the sheet and they will move to her bedroom next so we will get more use out of them. On the poms I only fluffed them up half way so that they would lay flat against the wall.
Another vintage touch was using an old scale to give the table setting some height, I filled it with Christmas ornaments in coordinating colors and the oversized lights that I snagged from my craftroom are from the One Spot at Target aka my favorite place on earth! The other lights are from our Christmas stash More prints from my shop too.
The tableskirt came together over the past couple of days. I knew I wanted to work icicles in somehow and it dawned on my while walking through Hobby Lobby one day. I bought 4 yards of the turquoise tulle ($4.36 total on sale) and I had the felt on hand already. I drew some simple icicles on a sheet of paper and cut them out and then traced them onto the felt (I used the felt vertically, portrait style, to get the length I wanted for the icicles). I cut them out while sitting outside one afternoon and the rest came together pretty easily. I folded the tulle in half lengthwise to get 2 layers and then ran it through my sewing machine using a zig zag stitch, folding gathers as I went. When it was done I had a piece 60" long which is the length of our table.
I then pinned the felt icicles on along the top where I had just stitched, overlapping them about 1/4", and then sewed them down with the same zip zag stitch. I think it turned out super cute and total cost was about $5. I hot glued it to the plastic tablecloth, if you aren't impatient like me you would use velcro so it could be pulled off. I will probably just tear it off when done and use the tulle for another project :)
And last but not least, balloons....lots of balloons.
Tonight we go out for our traditional birthday meal at her favorite Chinese restaurant and I promised her she could stay up as late as she wants. After all of today's excitement I predict that will be no later than 8 p.m. Next year when she turns 7 we will mark a pretty important milestone, she will have been home for 3.5 years which is how long she was in China. It breaks my heart that we missed those first 3 birthdays with her, but June 16th of 2011 (her last birthday in China) was also the day we submitted our LOI (letter of intent, formal letter letting China know we wanted her to be our daughter) so even though we weren't there to acknowledge her special day, we were able to give her the gift of a forever family.