her {big} day

by Tina on March 23, 2011

in family, Food, Inspiration, photography

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.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Twiggs March 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm

tina, the party was so adorable!!!! i love the small treats, the horse cake, the bracelets to take home, the garland… you did an excellent work, my friend! i can imagine why she loved it so much!!! and i also agree on keeping it simple, pretty and manageable, because as you can see, it’s for kids and they are so simple! 🙂 hugs!


Victoria March 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Looks fabulous. Love the colouring, style and theme. Not over the top horsey either. I bet the girls just loved it. And the photos came out beautifully for you too! Great tip about the paper straws!


Sarah-Jane Kale' March 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm

How GORGEOUS!!! I’d SO love to come to one of your parties.. actually I’d just LOVE to visit and sit in your home with you… I just imagine it to be so warm, friendly and well HOME!!!
PLEASE.. PLEASE share that YUMMY recipe.. YOU had me at White Choc.. but then add the Raspberries and Buttercream Icing.. and WELL!!!.. insert drool!!!

Can’t wait to see the rest of the pics.

Love to you all.



andsoiwhisper March 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm

How beautiful! Love the theme and the photos.


Heidi March 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm

That looks so fantastic – perfect birthday party…love all the cute horses:)

Please do share the recipe – It sounds like such a nice cake 🙂


Justine @ Urban Scarlet March 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm

i love your party details! well done. colors, decor, and theme flow sooooo well together 😉


Monica March 23, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Looks like a lovely party. I especially like your comment about not trying to make the party about yourself, and going with whatever your daughter wanted, I kind of tend to go in that direction too, and need to be “reined in ” (pardon the pun….hihihihi). The decoratons, the theme, the colors, it all looks wonderful!


Jodi March 23, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Great as always. I would love the cake recipe. Can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures.


Tiffany March 24, 2011 at 12:24 am

Oh my heavens! This is absolutely delightful, you did all of this?! Really amazing party decorations, and yes, so wise of you to take BEFORE photos! We often forget and then when everything is touched and used, it doesn’t make for pretty photos anymore. Everything turned out beautifully, such attention to detail, LOVE it!


Rach March 24, 2011 at 12:38 am

I would have loved to be at this party…any party in your house…Im with Sarah on this one…we will have to fly there together! It looks amazing and I can not wait to see more photos! Great idea about the braclets too. Also that recipe will definitely have to make an appearance again – I’ll be waiting (im)patiently! Travelling Girl is a very lucky 10 year old!


Bethany March 24, 2011 at 12:59 am

Tina, this is adorable! You do “simple” so well… really. I’m with you on the rice krispie treats – they always go over well. Can’t wait to see shots of your little (big!) beauty enjoying her big day.


Andreia March 24, 2011 at 8:01 pm

It’s everything so beautiful! Congtatulations Tina!


Andreia March 24, 2011 at 8:04 pm

…and I’d love to have the recipe!


Ivy March 26, 2011 at 5:34 am

You had me at the blue typewriter!
I really love your blog and I’ve only just begun, the colors, the photos, the neat ideas, the EVERYTHING!!
I just stopped by from BYW where I saw you comment on Leslie’s last post.
It will be hard to not have lessons to look forward to.
I am anxious for the BYW yahoo group that Holly has mentioned.


Janelle March 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I’d love to have the cake recipe, Tina — sounds delicious! Love the pre-party pics. Looks like it was all perfect. I completely relate to the struggle to keep things from going over-the-top. I can get completely carried away when planning an event! (And with trying to help plan a wedding right now, I have to really make myself step back and let it be about my daughter’s vision and not my own… so hard to do sometimes!)


theaxx March 27, 2011 at 3:53 am

this is INSANELY GORGEOUS!!!!!! & so so SO inspiring!!!! you;re a genius!




Jess (Where My Heart Is) March 31, 2011 at 3:53 am

What a lovely party – I am a sucker for home styled celebrations. So much love and thought goes in to bringing it all together. Love the colour theme too – pink and turquoise are my fave.


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