I haven’t blogged in a long while and I’m told consistency is key….uh, oops. This post may be a bit late (ok, so a year late!) but my precious girl turns six tomorrow which reminded me that I had been sitting on this post for a while now. Seriously you guys, a whole year, and they say I don’t have patience!
Last year we celebrated my daughter’s fifth birthday. Despite my profession, I don’t throw a large party every year for my kiddos – you know, budgets and all of that. I decided a while back that the fives (5,10,15 years old) warranted a decent celebration with her classmates and friends and so we put together a party fit for a princess. My knees still wobble a little when I think of that many little people in one room, there is a reason I work with cake and not kids, I’m really more of a “behind the scenes” kind of girl.
My daughter’s favourite princess/movie is Cinderella so that was her choice for theme. We have a wonderful local historic home here in Hamilton called Dundurn Castle that just happens to have a birthday party room and part of their party package includes a tour of this beautifully restored castle. It suited our event perfectly.
We encouraged our guests to come dressed as their favourite princess, or in an outfit or costume that makes them feel the most royal. It was so cute to see all these beautiful little girls dressed up while visiting a castle.
I was so enormously proud of my daughter and her tender heart – instead of presents we asked our royal guests to bring canned goods for a local food bank. My daughter was right on board and understood that she would not be receiving gifts. Thanks to the generosity of our guests we were able to collect quite the box of food that we delivered to a local food bank later that week. Their shelves can get pretty bare this time of year so if you guys have a minute and some extra food I know they would be thankful!
We’ll be posting some more pictures of the treats and the dessert table a little later because it wouldn’t be a Pearls and Spice event without a few sweets and of course a cake (or three!). For reals. Because every five year old needs three cakes…hehe.