As many of you know, I have two beautiful daughters, Elizabeth and Anastasia, ages five and two, respectively. Elizabeth loves being an older sister, and loves, cares and nurtures for her little sister, trying to teach her new things. She is an elegant little girl and loves all things fashion. Anastasia is a free spirit, with her big blue eyes and her blonde wavy hair, she always wants to do things in her own special way. She is outgoing and loves to make new friends! Anastasia was the last Russian princess, and I thought it fitting to give my littlest princess a party fit for royalty.
Unfortunately, we could not give Anastasia a large birthday party on her first birthday, so we wanted to make the second one a bit more special for her. In my typical fashion, I wanted to put everything together on my own. Sometimes, I do need to work on delegating tasks to others, but I so enjoy brainstorming, designing, setting up, baking and preparing everything from scratch.
Room Set Up:
Setting up the scene were the beautiful white pearlescent balloons floating around the room. With a pink and very princess-y shabby chic set-up, white table cloths adorned with artificial rose bouquets, and chair covers with pink sheer ties. The tables were also set with special pink and gold snack boxes to ensure that our little princesses stayed energized for all the fun!
We set up one long table to seat our little guests, and also a craft table at the opposite end of the room. A princess backdrop was placed, where guests were invited to come over and take photographs after having some fun at the craft table, where traditional Russian headdresses, called kokoshnic were made!
The kokoshnic craft table was set up with tons of jewelry, beads and sparkles for the girls to decorate their crowns with! I had originally looked everywhere online for a kokoshnic template, but could not find one, as hard as I tried, so I created one myself, instead. You can download the template here!
The dessert table was filled with all sorts of goodies! The centerpiece was a vanilla cake with fluffy Italian meringue filling, all covered with delectable fondant, embellished with a princess silhouette in the middle, all adorned with gold filigree elements along the side of the cake, and a golden 2 topping off the cake.
Chocolate cake pops were also being offered, covered with white marshmallow chocolate and sprinkled with gold dust, all swirled to perfection. There were of course, sugar cookies, in the shapes of princess jewelry, cakes and fans! The vanilla mousse was also a big hit, served in an ice cream cone with a small spoon, for an elegant treat. Pink petit fours adorned with a white and gold crown “seal,” were also served for the little royalty.
We also had an extra table with sweet and savory snacks for our princesses to munch on, with everything from popcorn in shabby-chic printed parchment paper, to yummy vegetables, a variety of cheeses, and of course, pink lemonade to match the party theme! Labels for everything were written in both Russian and English to add a bit of flourish to our tables.
Favors were packed in beautifully elegant pink and white lace bags.
Anastasia was rather quite interested in eating her pizza and trying not to be photographed, no matter how much a tried. She even made sure to hide and run away anytime I would pick up the camera! Elizabeth enjoyed her little sisters party and looks forward to the next one!