This year, Annabel chose to celebrate her birthday at home with a pink princess party.
On Saturday, I baked chocolate and vanilla cupcakes for the princess celebration and a cheesecake for our evening get-together with family. I was super excited to do some baking as I don't get to bake very much these days. It was such a treat!
Scooping batter into muffin tins
Chocolate cupcakes cooling on the rack
Preparing cheesecake for water bath
The morning of Annabel's birthday...
Annabel opening her gifts from Anita.
Annabel loving her new pretty pink dress!
Since Easter is right around the corner, I decorated the vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing, fuzzy, yellow chicks and cadbury mini eggs. The chocolate cupcakes were dipped in chocolate ganache and topped with sprinkles and cadbury chocolate bunnies.
The party started at 12:00 pm. The little girls had pizza for lunch. I would love to share photos of all the children with you, but because of privacy laws, and such, I cannot. They played with the pretend kitchen, doll house, colored, read books, played Wii and had lots of fun.
Soon, it was time for tea...
The tea was really fruit juice, but we'll just pretend!
Singing happy birthday to Annabel!
After tea and cupcakes, Annabel opened all of her cards and gifts and took pictures with her friends. They played some more and then it was three...time for all the princesses to go home.
Later that evening...
After dinner, we had some family over for cake and coffee. Annabel loves cheesecake, so this was her birthday cake. I topped it with whipped cream and fresh mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries and raspberries), her favourite!
Annabel making a wish and blowing out her candles. If it were my wish, I would ask to pause the time. There's no place I'd rather be than right here, right now! I count my blessings. They are many! Annabel is such a sweet, kind little girl. I am so proud of her and the person she is becoming. Happy birthday, my darling daughter!