Nora’s Cinderella Birthday Party

posted by Andrea | 11/23/2015
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nora's birthday party

This past weekend, we celebrated Nora’s 4th birthday with a fun Cinderella-themed birthday party.

She had originally requested a Cat In The Hat birthday party, but after starting preschool this Fall, she changed her mind and said a Cinderella birthday was what she really wanted 🙂

I was excited to try my hand at making a Cinderella cake — and Nora was THRILLED to be able to dress up like Cinderella for both her party and for Halloween (the benefits of having a November birthday!)

And just like that… we have a FOUR YEAR OLD! 

Here are a few photos from the party!

We’ve enjoyed getting dressed up to some degree for all our kid’s birthday parties so far. I guess it all started because Nora’s birthday is just a few weeks after Halloween and she LOVES LOVES LOVES getting dressed up.

This year was the most “involved” costumes ever as the whole family got dressed up, but the costumes themselves were very simple. I found the Cinderella dress for Nora back in October and she wore it for Halloween ($5 on Craigslist!), and we’ve had that pumpkin costume for a few years already — they use it for dress up.

I made the Prince Charming costume for my brother-in-law to wear for Halloween — but he’s the same size as Dave so the plan was always for Dave to borrow it for the party.

My Fairy Godmother costume was just a choir robe from our church paired with my grayish blue hooded sweatshirt, Nora’s pink tights tied into a bow, and a knitting needle 🙂

The plan was for James to be a mouse, but he slept for most of the party.

Cinderella Family Photo

As always, the food for our party was VERY simple!

Apples and caramel, chips and salsa, our favorite candy corn mix, some chocolate candies, cake, and ice cream.

I was originally quite intimidated about making the Cinderella cake — but it was SOOOOOO easy!

I just used a domed cake pan plus two 8″ round cakes to give it extra height (I used 2 boxed cake mixes). I also made a double batch of this delicious cream cheese frosting, tinted it neon blue, and used a medium star tip to pipe it on. The whole frosting process only took me about 15 minutes!

I did run into a little issue with Barbie’s legs being too long — but I remedied that by putting the cake on a plastic plate and cutting a hole in the middle. The I set the plate on a jello mold so the feet could protrude down into the center of the mold. I covered the mold with the same silver plastic that I laid over the counter and no one ever knew anything was funny.

Nora was spoiled with lots of fabulous gifts from her grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, and uncles… she got dress-up clothes, books, the Frozen soundtrack, stick-on earrings, PJ’s, finger paints, a puzzle, gloves, socks, tiny whisks for her kitchen set, a Cinderella Barbie (the one in her cake), and a watch (something she has been begging for!)

We also gave her $4 and I’m planning to go set up a bank account with her next week!

Here’s one of Simon… because he’s so stinkin’ cute!

After opening the gifts, we sang Happy Birthday and she blew out her candles.

After our party guests left, we had fun playing with her new toys, reading her new books, putting her puzzle together, and trying on the new dress-up clothes.

Then, the next morning (her actual birthday) we had one more present for her to open and we measured her on our growth chart — she was thrilled to see that she grew almost 4 inches!

All in all it was a fun party and a fun birthday weekend. 

I’m glad she has Christmas to look forward to now — otherwise I think she might already be planning her 5th birthday party 🙂

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18 comments

  1. Joy

    11/25/2015

    Happy birthday to your Nora! 🙂 What a lovely party! The cake looks great too! My daughter said, “Wow!” when she saw the picture. I was cuddling her while I was reading your post. She too just turned 4 two months ago. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Joy (and say thanks to your little girl too!)

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  2. Hannah

    11/24/2015

    Nora has gotten so big. It’s been a treat watching her grow since I discovered your blog a few years ago! She seems so spunky and smart. Happy birthday to your beautiful little girl! It looks like she had a blast.

    Oh! Also, I’m so happy the cake turned out! I saw your post on Facebook as well, but I knew you’d figure it out… you always do! 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Hannah! I was thrilled with how the cake finally turned out 🙂

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  3. Mrs. Frugalista

    11/24/2015

    I was so curious to see how the cake came out and you did a wonderful job. Happy birthday to your little girl!

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  4. Lisa P.

    11/24/2015

    I love that you set out Nora’s photo books. I like to do something similar with baby pictures. Simple but special touch!

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  5. Kim DeWaard

    11/24/2015

    So cute!!! I love how you all dressed up! It doesn’t surprise me at all that she wanted a Cinderella birthday…she is always dressing up in the princess clothes at school! 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Kim,
    Not sure if we’ll keep dressing up every year, but it’s fun for now 🙂

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  6. ShellyL

    11/23/2015

    Happy birthday to Miss Nora! Hard to believe she’s four already. The party looks like it was a big success! Way to go, Andrea!!

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  7. Dawn

    11/23/2015

    Pink tights for your bow = GENIUS.

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — thanks! It really made the outfit and was a totally last-minute addition 🙂

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  8. Jenny

    11/23/2015

    She is getting so big and really pretty. What a great birthday party. The cake was so cute.

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  9. Paulette

    11/23/2015

    saw your Facebook post about the cake height and Barbie’s legs. Great save and an adorable cake! Reading your posts are a bright spot each day!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks so much Paulette 🙂

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  10. JoAnn C.

    11/23/2015

    Happy Birthday, Nora! Oh, my 4 years old already. Thanks for sharing the event, Andrea. So, so cute.

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  11. Jen

    11/23/2015

    The cake looked GREAT!! Happy Birthday, Nora!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Jen! It was WAY easier than I anticipated — and super nice to only have 1 color of frosting to work with.

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  12. lydia @ frugaldebtfreelife

    11/23/2015

    So cute! I love that you all dressed up!

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