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I cannot believe that February 24th has already come and gone once again.  Mattie Windsor has turned another year older and it was time to give her a fourth birthday ball.  After last year’s “Spring in Paris” birthday party, it was time for me to say au revoir to getting to select the party theme.  Mattie Windsor is officially a young lady and possesses her own thoughts on the subject.  Of course I should not have been shocked that she chose a “princess” theme but I must admit that I was a little out of sorts.  Horrifying visions of pick and purple plastic from the party store raced through my mind, but Jed reassured me that I could give a princess party without succumbing to life size cutouts of Disney princesses filling our home.  I had my work cut out for me.

And then I realized, the idea of being a princess is every girl’s dream.  Who does not like wearing a tiara? So I set to work scouring  eBay and bought over a dozen rhinestone tiaras typically used for pageants or weddings.

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I made bunting using vintage handkerchiefs to dress our walls in a mini “Coat of Arms.”

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And pulled out my fanciest serving pieces to decorate the table.

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I am currently longing for Spring and every princess loves fresh flowers so they were an absolute must-have.

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And of course there had to be a cake!  Mattie Windsor was quite adamant that the cake should be purple so I made a vanilla cake with vanilla butter cream frosting (with the assistance of Jed). I tinted the frosting lavender and decorated it using shimmering pink icing.

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The rest of the menu consisted of several crostini options.  Combinations of sun butter and banana or nutella and strawberry were available for kids.  For the adults, we offered goat cheese and strawberries drizzled with balsamic vinegar, prosciutto and dried apricots, and pimento cheese (compliments of Mimi).  In addition to the crostini, we also served truffle popcorn and marinated olives.   Last but not least, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and lemon bars (also compliments of Mimi) were available for sampling.

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As always, there had to be a craft project.  This year all of the kids decorated wands and/or scepters.

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It was a major hit!

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Then it was time for “Mirror mirror on the wall.”

Mirror mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all?…

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 Eden!

Mirror mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all?…

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Sheridan!

Mirror mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all?…

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Morgan!

Mirror mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all?…

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Kenadi!

Mirror mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all?…

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Maggie!

Mirror mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all?…

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Mattie Windsor!

Mirror mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all?…

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Maggie and Mattie Windsor!

Perhaps there is room for more than one princess in this kingdom.

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Even a couple of well-dressed gentlemen joined us for the festivities

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Time to blow out the candles …

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Happy birthday to you,

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Happy Birthday to you,

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Happy Birthday Mattie Windsor!,

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Happy Birthday to You!

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Party Time!!

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I could get used to being the mother of a princess!

After all, doesn’t that make me the queen?