Birthdays are very special occasions in our household, and each year, we look forward to planning a celebration for both of our daughters. We would normally have a party for our youngest on Mother’s Day weekend but had to postpone our regular plans due to the stay home orders. That however, didn’t stop us from having a memorable celebration at home for Mimi’s eighth birthday! Considering all that the kids have experienced, it was so sweet to see a smile on her face as she enjoyed the day’s surprises.
EIGHTH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT HOME
From birthday waffles for breakfast, to a movie, and a surprise birthday cake, it surely was a day for her to remember, even if friends and family couldn’t join us!
It’s become tradition for us to take annual photos of our girl’s as they turn a year older. We ran into some snags this year missing out on an order delivery, but luckily I was able to visit our local Target to find a party dress fitting for the photos.
We normally take photos of our girls in an outdoor location, but kept it simple with a few pics at home.
That’s one thing I appreciate about this shelter in place experience. While we are out of our comfort zone in terms of regular routine, we have learned so much about getting more creative in our surroundings and utilizing what we have on hand for many make it work moments. It’s taught us to have more patience, and to ultimately not take the basics that we’re so accustomed to for granted. I value that so much!
It’s a rare but wonderful time for our daughter to turn eight. Having her home every day and soaking up all the extra hugs and quality time during a usual busy season is a gift in and of itself, but so is she. She was born on my late father’s birthday, just two days before Mother’s Day! She is a natural charmer and has so much compassion and love for others! She hopes to be a nurse when she grows up!
We adore all of her silliness, the ways she keeps us laughing, her creativity, unique sense of style!
IT’S NOT A PARTY WITHOUT CAKE!
Mimi’s llama party with family and friends might be on hold, but that doesn’t mean the cake has to be! This homemade llama cake took me forever to make, but was a sweet surprise that added a very fun element to her day!
LLAMA BIRTHDAY CAKE
The llama cake is 3 layers of dairy free chocolate cake with fresh strawberry filling and dairy free vanilla bean and strawberry frosting. The face an ears are made with a small amount of fondant and royal icing lashes. I have very little experience decorating cakes, especially with faces, but I learned a few things.
First, the more frosting the better, second, keeping the cake chilled is the easiest way to decorate. Lastly, practice. It took 3 tries to get the nose and mouth just right.
The cake turned out to delicious and the highlight to her celebration at home! Happy birthday to our ray of sunshine!
Below are some suggestions for celebrating kid’s birthdays at home, while sheltering in place.
TIPS FOR CELEBRATING KID’S BIRTHDAYS AT HOME AMID THE PANDEMIC
- Organize phone calls, face time, or zoom chats with friends and family.
- Provide a birthday menu or make a favorite meal or beverage!
- Have a scavenger hunt.
- Create a list of fun family activities to choose from: board games, tea parties, bike rides, canvas painting, spa days and movie nights will surely be memorable!
- Make your kid’s favorite birthday treat: cupcakes, cookies, macarons or ice cream sundaes or floats are always a win.
- Homemade cards are a sweet way for kids to feel special.
- Decorate the home with balloons and confetti the night before, for a fun birthday surprise.
We hope to celebrate our daughter more later this summer! If so, I’ll share all the fun llama details here!
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Kelly J Williams says
Brandi you captured the essence of Mila: that is joy and beauty and indeed silliness all which comes from within and lights up a room. Her smile is like a footprint…it’s part of her DNA and she has been smiling through it all for 8 years. I’m so blessed to be her grandma! The pictures are just resplendent and capture her joy, her radiance, beauty & goofiness. She is indeed a caring & loving soul. I think you are special, creative and a master of making lemonade out of lemons. An Inspiration to all and thank you for posting these beautiful & treasured moments.