This past Friday our little Chiquita turned 7 years old! The day didn’t start out as I had hoped, and we ended up spending the first half of the day at doctor’s offices, then ran a few errands while we were in town, but we arrived home after lunch and thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the beautiful sunny day!
Chiquita had asked for a Kirsten themed Pioneer Birthday, inspired by their Early American History Lap Books and Unit Studies this year! I didn’t get to all the ideas/plans I had come up with for our little family party (I’ll save the others for another time, especially since Twinkle Toes is hoping for a “Little House on the Prairie Party), but despite my lack of organization everything fell into place.
I just love how my children do their best to dress up for some of our various themed parties! The girls found their longest prairie skirts, bonnets, and had me braid their hair (just like Kirsten’s for the birthday girl), and the boys put on long sleeved shirts, with vests, and their Daddy’s old Rodeo hats!
I wanted to try and find a way to tie in the quilt that Kirsten and her friends made in the book Happy Birthday, Kirsten! As much as I would love to be able to sew a real quilt, I am not at all talented when it comes to sewing. Someday I would love to take some more classes… maybe when my girls are a little older we can do so together.
Instead, I made some square sugar cookies and frosted them white. I had each of the children decorate their own square with decorator icing and candies. We placed them together on a tray to form a friendship quilt!
The kids enjoyed this so much, they just kept asking to decorate “just one more!” I removed the quick “sample” Happy Birthday Square I decorated to make room for Captain’s 2nd cookie…
… but the “Quilt Squares” just kept coming so I started making a second quilt. It looks like I forgot to take a picture of that second quilt completed, but I did get one of the finished cookies on the cookie rack:
We choose a few fun, old-fashioned, game ideas from The American Girl’s Party Book. Puss in the Corner was definitely the favorite.
After a yummy dinner of Roasted Chicken, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Garden Salad, and Lemonade, it was time for cake!
I am pretty sure that this was the easiest birthday cake I have ever made, and it still tied in perfectly with our theme! It was inspired by Kirsten’s party treats and the picture of her birthday cake, in Happy Birthday, Kirsten!
Chiquita choose a Gluten-Free Applesauce Cake Recipe, and I baked it in a 12″ Heart Shaped Cake Pan. After it had cooled we just surrounded it with Strawberries and served it with some Fresh Cream! For Ice Cream she choose Old Fashioned Vanilla and Rocky (Prairie) Road.
Despite Kirsten being discontinued a couple years ago, I was so excited to win an auction (at a fair price) for a new doll on ebay. Her other gifts included the darling Kirsten Prairie Dress, a gray cat (purchased at Costco), and Sari (Kirsten’s doll, also from ebay).
The birthday girl also used the gift from her grandparents/godparents to purchase her first and very own scooter, and received a doll sized Bonnet from her big sister!