A 5th birthday party for wildflower.

April 11, 2016

My little April wildflower turns 5 years old today. When you have a house of boys, a “Bubblegum ballerina princess tea party” seems like an inviting challenge to make birthday dreams come true. I always swear after each birthday I am going to keep it reeeeaaaal simple from here on out, and then my hyper active love for a good color scheme kicks in, and twelve hours later you are sitting in a pile of balloons wondering how on earth I am going to complete such a task. Regardless, I think I may have enjoyed the day as much as she did. I’ll never forget how her face lit up though when she saw that cake, and how she clasped her hands together and jumped up and down when she saw the balloons. 


cotton candy tea party
Set up: So happy I had this gathre mat on hand to use for the table cloth. Makes for easy clean ups! I used faux greens for the tabletop, and found the paper flower garland from Target as well as the polka dot paper plates. Our local grocery story actually made petit fours in the bakery! (My American Girl Doll heart was beating wildly.) We served the little petit fours with juice for tea, as well as fruit and crackers. It was Veronica’s idea to put out her favorite headbands to share with her friends to wear at the tea party.  

candy bar
Bar cart: This was filled with flowers, taffy, bubblegum, and pink lemonade just to make sure we had enough sugar going on (yikes). You can order 36” balloons with decorative tails online, but let me tell you….they are much cheaper at Party City. $5 each including helium. I added a few palm leaves to the balloon tails.
hot to make a cotton candy cake
 cotton candy cake
Cotton candy Cake: The center of the cotton candy cake was just the strawberry cake box mix. I used small cake tins to stack 4. Veronica was the one that remembered that you can buy cotton candy at the movie theatre! $4 for a huge bag of it. The best way to get the cotton candy look is to mess with it as little as possible. I smeared a little bit of icing around the edges for stick factor, and pulled apart the cotton candy in circle chunks. It sticks and stacks really well. There were three colors in the bag so we started with the peach at the bottom and ended with the pink. You can just stick in the candles at the top. NOTE: Do not make this cake ahead of time as it will shrivel up and die due to air and moisture exposure as I so conveniently forgot the day before. Just add the cotton candy right before the party. Takes about ten minutes total!

candy bar cart
pink and green tea party
Balloon Garland: Simpler than it looks I promise. I used two packs of standard balloons and as you blow them up, tie them around a wrapped floral wire. The gold tassels I slid on every 5 balloons or so. Once you are finished adding all of the balloons and tassels, you can weave in faux flowers and palm leaves. They usually come with wired stems which makes it easy to wrap around the centers and hide behind balloons. I actually added those in AFTER we hung the balloon garland. (Made it much easier!)
cotton candy tea party
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Raising a little girl has been so drastically different than raising my boys, and I am thankful for the carefree spunky spirit she brings to our days. I am totally okay compromising my favorite color blue for her pink as long as I get many more days with this blue eyed, freckle cheeked, strong willed gal. Happiest birthday to our Veronica Rose. Thankful to God for dreaming up such a bright spirit to impact our lives for the better.

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  • oh, this is sooo precious and sweet!! i bet she was thrilled!! i am loving that tea pot!! where is it from?! and OH i adored samantha’s petit fours, too!!! happy birthday to your pink princess!!

    • Thanks Brittany! It was actually a Christmas gift and I think it’s from HomeGoods:) P.S. Love that you caught my Samantha reference. High. Five.

  • I’m in awe of this party and your home decor (as always). That cake! How creative! Lucas’ baptism is this weekend and now I really want to think of some creative things – off to Pinterest.

    I’d love to read a post about the difference between having boys v. girl. I always thought I wanted a girl but now that I have my little man, I can’t imagine it any way else but I am curious as to your experience.

  • Pat Schwab

    Anna, What a fantastic setting for Veronica’s party. I love all the colors and the cotton candy cake. Pat S

  • Christine

    This is the sweetest! I so want to do something like this for my daughters 5th, I love how it looks like a tea party! I’m sure she felt extra loved that day : ) nice work mama!

  • OMG I love everything!!! You have the most beautiful taste. Can’t wait to see your new home.

  • Awww this all looks so very fabulous, and Veronica looks soooo thrilled. Adorable!

  • This is the most beautiful party setup I’ve ever seen! Happy birthday to your lucky little girl!


  • Sarah E.

    Awesome job! I love everything but especially the cake ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The cotton candy cake is a hoot!!! So lovely for a little girl. Looks so great against your gilded wallpaper.

  • I laughed so hard at your snap about the cake prep fail. The things we do for our kids! I’m so glad to see the balloon strand explained. I was hoping to do that for our daughters birthday in May. Did you love the gather table? I was going to get that mint one! Looks great.

    • ha ha!! The cake inevitably fails for me every. time. Last year it started to lean so much it toppled over. I was not meant to be a baker.

      And yes, we use that gathre mat to death! It occurred to me it would make a great tablecloth for a party so that ended up being really nice to have on hand!

  • This is so charming! I think the balloon garland looks especially awesome, and that’s fantastic that it’s simple to make. The cotton candy cake looks fantastic, though I probably wouldn’t be able to handle that sugar level haha. And yes! I got so excited when you mentioned petit fours! Ever since I read about them with Samantha as a young girl, I’ve gotten extremely excited when I’ll see or eat them on the very rare occasion (my church hosted a tea several months ago, and one of the old ladies made petit fours. I was over-the-moon excited) ๐Ÿ™‚

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