Somehow my child turned six. I’m still not quite sure how that happened. Six years? No way. But it did. Seems like just yesterday my Grandma, the baby whisper, was cooing a fussy newborn to sleep. The picture below is one of my favorites from that blur of a day.
I had preeclampsia and was induced at 38 weeks for a failed biophysical profile. I was on pitocin for two days before this teeny, tiny little girl was placed in our arms. And then the panic set in when they told us we could go home and that we had to take care of her by ourselves. Eek! Somehow we made it though and …
In the six years that have followed, we’ve been blessed with the sweetest, spunkiest and most mischievous little red head ever. She’s wicked smart with an infectious laugh that no one can resist. She adores cats, could swing for hours and has never met a sticker or crayon that wasn’t worthy of some love. She writes me love notes and thinks her Grandma is the most amazing person ever. And, she loves ponies.
Reese’s new favorite color is pink. It’s always been purple. It kind of broke my heart a little bit when she announced that, since purple has been her favorite color since she could talk. (Why do they have to grow up so fast?!?) So pink it is. With ponies.
To bring her pink pony party to life, I began hitting antique stores and collected horseshoes, vintage blue mason jars, wood baskets and an awesome horse show loving cup from 1932 that I filled with pink sweetheart roses.
I enlisted help from some of the most amazing party peeps. My beloved Brittany of Edible Details for the amazing fondant horse cake topper and cupcake toppers and Krista of Cookies With Character for some rockstar horse cookies. Both ladies are so talented and put so much effort and detail into their work.
I also had the pleasure of working with Jessica from Prop Shop Boutique who fashioned the beautiful party hat for Reese. She included a horse and made a ribbon with the number 6 on it. So much detail!
Carmen from The Flair Exchange made the gorgeous tassel garland on the table.
We started the party off with some pony treats served up in adorable wood berry baskets from Pink Lemonade Party on Etsy. I placed a paper doily inside and stuffed them with carrots and apples, then finished it with a little twine and a favor tag from my collection.
To entertain the kids, pony rides were a must. Cathy’s Custom Parties came out and brought three adorable ponies for the kids to ride. Then we made necklaces with pony charms and sparkly beads.
After all of the madness, the kids left with favor bags stuffed with horse sticker books or headbands from Nikki, In Stiches. Love those headbands! The bags were really fun to make. I took kraft bags I picked up from JoAnn’s and used glue dots to secure a piece of scrapbook paper to the front of the bag. Then I folded the bag over and used glue dots to secure a paper doily to the fold. I trimmed away the excess, punched two holes and then looped pink twine from Shop Sweet Lulu to tie the bag closed with a thank you tag from my collection. Easy, peesy.
For the food, we served a gorgeous ribbon funfetti cake baked by Pam of Sugar and Spice Bakery, cupcakes and cookies. To keep costs down and save some time, I also served some grocery store treats but jazzed them up. Oreo Double Stuff Cakesters became gorgeous whoopie pies when rolled in white sugar pearl sprinkles (available from Wal-Mart). I took ordinary strawberry marshmallows and turned them into marshmallow lollipops by dipping them in melted almond bark and then in pink sugar pearl sprinkles . I also made root beer float marshmallows from Shauna Sever’s Marshmallow Madness. I cut them out in the shape of ponies for extra fun.
I served strawberry lemonade in glass bottles from Shop Sweet Lulu and Shirley Temples in mason jars to keep our little friends hydrated. The mason jars were a huge hit with the kids. We spray painted some horses from the local hobby store and glued them to the lids. They were so cute.
For decorations, my goal was to NOT have a western or cowgirl feel. My daughter takes English riding lessons and wants to be a show jumper when she grows up, so I made a bunch of horse show ribbons out of pink and purple scrapbook paper and ribbon. I framed the photo of her in her riding helmet and placed two of them around the party with some of her favorite Safari Ltd. horse figures. She is also a girly girl, so I filled vintage blue mason jars with pink sweetheart roses from Costco and hot glued pink pom ribbon to the jars. The tablecloth is actually a vintage blanket, but I loved the shade of pink and the texture with the pink ruffle fabric I used as a backdrop. It all came together beautifully.
In true party fashion, there were a million things that went wrong. Like those super cute horse mason jars that took three tries to get right when I bought the wrong glue that bubbled up and looked like spit. Or there was the burnt and over-filled cupcakes disaster that foiled my valiant effort to serve fancy, schmancy Neapolitan cupcakes. The stretch necklaces that were impossible to tie. Or the … well, let’s just say we had many plan Bs, Cs and even Ds. But, despite all of the mishaps, my big girl had the best day ever and truly enjoyed spending it with her friends. And her little sister and brother thought it was pretty awesome too. Zach couldn’t wait to get his chubby little hands around some sweet treats.
Printables | Three Little Monkeys Studio
Fondant cupcake toppers and cake topper | Edible Details
Cookies | Cookies With Character
Tassel garland | The Flair Exchange
Glass bottles, paper straws, twine, plates and napkins | Shop Sweet Lulu
Wood berry baskets | Pink Lemonade Part Supply
Headbands | Nikki, In Stitches
Custom Party Hat | Prop Shop Boutique
Photography | Draussen Photography