I am creative. I can bake, cook, sew, paint, craft, do calligraphy, garden, and decorate a home on a budget, however, I am not a “Pinterest Mom”. I have a Pinterest account, but I use it more as a link repository for stuff that’s cool. I do not make Pinterest worthy stuff. I don’t take Pinterest worthy photos. And, ya know what? I am more than ok with it.
I know there are a lot of people (not just moms) who pour over Pinterest and try to emulate the stuff they see, thinking that you need 5 craft stations, a candy bar (which is a buffet of nothing but candy), a full themed catered meal, and designer goody bags for an event. I hate to break it to you- Little kids don’t care! A lot of the stuff you see on Pinterest has been done by party professionals- Not your average mom with kids running around, a busy schedule, a house to take care of, errands to run, appointments and rehearsals/practices to shuffle kids to…..
Bitty’s third birthday is today, and yesterday was her birthday party.
About a week ago, she saw the purse cakes at Baskin-Robbins. She asked for one, but she doesn’t really like ice cream.
I looked at it for a few minutes and figured I could make her one out of regular cake and frosting.
I am no means a professional baker, and I hate fondant (it tastes so gross to me and the kids). So I used cream cheese frosting, some decorator frosting, sprinkles, and icing roses.
And the handles were made from licorice. She was so happy, and the cake was delicious. My only tip is not to try and frost a cake when it’s 90+ degrees in your kitchen. The cake was cold, but the white decorator icing did not want to cooperate. The cake was pink inside, I made a butter cake and added pink gel food coloring to the batter.
In addition, I also made cupcakes! Henry helped make the cupcakes, and Margaret helped decorate them. I figured the cake wouldn’t be enough for the hungry little faces I was going to feed.
No candy bar- Instead I took a lucite bowl that I had painted with faux stained glass paint and filled it with Ring Pops.
And no goody bags- Bitty picked out these cute little Frozen necklaces to give to all her friends who came to the party.
Oh, and no catered fancy meal! We ordered 2 Giant pizzas. We had bottles water and Honest Juice Pouches. And because we has a loose Frozen theme, we also had little red apples (because we all know that Sven eats apples- Margaret told me).
I know that there are people out there who love putting out a perfect party that looks great on Facebook and Instagram, but if that’s not in your heart (or budget), BREATHE… Give Yourself some GRACE. Do what you can, what you love, what is in your heart and what is good for your family.
And I want to especially thank Christine Boyce from Clicks by Christine for taking some incredible candid shots of the party. Her littlest is BFF’s with Bitty.
Talk Back: Are you a Pinterest Mom? Why or why not? What is your greatest crafting strength?