Yesterday the girls and I headed off to a ‘Princess Party’ for a very special 5 year old friend. Extra Special as her Mum and I went to each others’ 5th birthday parties too! They now live in the slums of Cambodia doing some amazing work over there within their community and we have really enjoyed having them back for a little while.
We took along some crown cookies, made with my all-time favourite shortbread recipe. After many years of being absolutely terrible at icing biscuits, I discovered that if you roll out some royal icing* and treat it just like a lump of playdough, you can use the same cookie cutter that was used to make the biscuit and make the icing in no time at all – plus it looks much better!** These were sprinkled with some edible glitter as well as some silver cachous.
I am really enjoying getting back into handmade presents at the moment, but what to give to a girl returning next week to her home in the slums of Pnom Penh? As her birthday theme suggests, she loves pink and glitter and princesses, so I found some glittery fabric to match and made a little drawstring bag with some matching fabric covered hairties***.
As mentioned before, I always like to find uses for party items after a party (got to justify the expense somehow!) so this was a perfect excuse to re-use the printables from Goose’s “6th” Princess Party. You can find these printables here if you are interested. I printed some of the images onto sticker paper for her to make her own stickers and used some on the birthday card as well.
If you are after some birthday party inspiration, you may like to check out my DIY Party Ideas Page or to head over and see the new parties that have been added to FGB’s DIY Party link up. Feel free to add your own parties to share with us all!
* purchased from the supermarket.
** Attach the icing to the biscuits by brushing on a mixture of icing sugar & water.
***These are sooo easy to make and sooo addictive. Very simple tutorial here.