Ada’s Frozen 5th Birthday Party!

Ada turned 5 last month! She reminds us daily that she is 5 now. We celebrated with friends and family in Frozen style, would you expect anything less? :)

I did all white food to make it feel like a wintry-snowy-land. Cauliflower & jicama with Ranch dressing for dipping. Powdered donettes, marshmallows (that everyone mistook for mints – so I’ll just do mints next time), turkey & Rondele cheese sandwiches with the crusts cut off. Sprite & water to drink!

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I borrowed all of my mom’s Christmas tree collection and I think they looked perfect around the cake! I used Duncan Hines Blue Velvet cake, my buttercream frosting, then topped it with rock candy (I saw the idea from a friend who saw it on Pinterest) and an Elsa. I’m so happy with how it turned out! Ada was in awe :)

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I made snowflake sugar cookies and had a station with frosting and sprinkles for the kids to decorate their own:

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Sweet girlfriends playing ring around the rosie:

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Matt’s dad surprised everyone and showed up as Olaf!

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All the party goers after the piñata. Did you know that they have piñatas now that you don’t have to hit? This one had ribbons that hung down and each person pulls a ribbon until you get to the one that opens it. Ours didn’t quite open enough and I had to rip it more, but I thought that was so cool!

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My big 5-year-old while all of her friends sang Happy Birthday to her :)

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I think we got all of the Elsas in this picture!

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We also had Frozen playing on the TV and had some impromptu singalongs with popcorn after all the food and cake. I’d say it was a success!

Happy Birthday sweet Ada! Thank you for making me a Mommy 5 years ago and teaching me so much. Love you baby girl :)

How to Make a Beautiful Cheese Plate

For my sister’s Bridal Shower, I also made a cheese plate. It was SO much fun to put together and really looked beautiful! One of my Nana’s sweet friends asked me if it was real, she thought it looked too pretty to eat :)

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Meghan, who co-hosted the shower along with her sister Hayley, had the beautiful wooden boards. I need to get some so that I can make a platter again in the future. My mom gave me the adorable forks and knives from Pottery Barn for Christmas & they are my favorite! They say, “Pick Happiness, Spread Love, Spread Joy, & Pick Love” on them. The teal cheese knives are from Anthropologie.

I used this article from Real Simple as a guide, then hit up – wait for it – Trader Joe’s to get all of my spoils! They really do have the best cheese selection in town for the best prices; and all of the sides as well. Here is what I used, I stayed pretty conservative but you could get crazy with the stinkiest cheeses you want!

How to Make a Beautiful Cheese Plate
 
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In France, cheese is served after dinner, before dessert. No matter when you serve it, a cheese plate is sure to please!
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Serves: 12-24
Ingredients
  • Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Gorgonzola Cheese
  • Double Cream Brie Cheese
  • Goats Milk Gouda Cheese
  • Candied Pecans
  • Green, red, and black seedless grapes
  • Dried Apricots
  • French baguette, sliced
  • Water crackers
  • Multigrain crackers
  • Brioche toasts
Instructions
  1. Keep cheeses refrigerated until 10 minutes before serving time.
  2. Remove wrappers and arrange cheese on platter in a way that looks good to you.
  3. Place fruits and nuts in the spaces between the cheeses.
  4. Make sure you have enough knives and forks for each item.
  5. Slice bread and arrange along with crackers for serving.
  6. Enjoy!