Just before the party guests arrived we snapped a few photos of Traveling Girl’s “horse” party. I was reminded of the last time we threw a horse party and the hours I had spent searching the Internet for horse party ideas, except that was a few years ago when she turned five and they were all magical ponies with little wings.
Glasses of pink lemonade were filled just as the doorbell rang (which turned out to be a wise idea because the paper straws fall apart if kept wet for a long time.)
Not that these straws had the chance because all six of our little guests arrived ready to enjoy some “Down Home American” goodies. In the past, I’ve spent hours creating tiny tarts and other fancier desserts for my kids’ parties, but the thing that all little guests like are Rice Krispie Treats… especially American kids who miss them dearly from home.
There were other treats like Animal Crackers and popcorn to snack on as well. I thought they looked so sweet in the little liners and it gave each guest a little portion so they wouldn’t spoil their appetite too much before lunch. That didn’t end up being a concern because Traveling Girl had requested tacos and those girls couldn’t wait! Five of the guests were from the States, but all couldn’t wait to eat tex-mex… which really sounds kind of funny when you think about it. It really made me realize how much foods from home bring comfort and cheer to a person… no matter what the age!
I decided beforehand that I wasn’t going to make this party about me… not my agenda, not my idea of what would look good in photos… but just whatever she wanted and however she wanted it for her special day. I had to be realistic too, which is something I tend to struggle with when it comes to parties. I tend to like them fairly elaborate and over the top, but this time I was working alone without my family nearby so I kept things simple and manageable. It was actually a nice relief, but I still think everything turned out pretty…
Even our cake who was made according to Traveling Girl’s exact specifications… even down to the white “smudge” on the nose and the little white “socks.” The pan came from IKEA (Thank you, IKEA!) but we made three layers so everyone could have a piece. It was Raspberry White Chocolate cake with buttercream icing and it was Deee-licious… if I do say so myself! If you all are interested in the recipe just let me know in the comments. I will definitely be making this cake again!
Even with all the excitement of treats from home, tacos for lunch, and a horse cake too, the girls sat down and made their own bracelets to take home.
Everyone went home with a chocolate bar wrapped in some coordinating paper, so they could have a little treat to enjoy later.
So what do you all think? I have more photos to show you of the actual party, but I thought you might enjoy some of the photos we took before the girls arrived. I was thrilled with the results because our Traveling Girl loved every minute… and so did her guests.