THIRD BIRTHDAY:
Peppa Pig

For the longest time, Maddelyn kept telling me she wanted a Peppa birthday.

If you have a child under the age of 4, I gather you probably know who Peppa is.

What I was excited most about this theme she chose was that Peppa is simple!
It’s a very 2D cartoon. Everyone is happy and polite.
It’s a perfect little world peppered with lovely British accents.

Nobody spoke in British accents at her party, but I did try to keep things very light, happy, and simple,
and guess what! It was still a great time!

The best day for everyone coming was a Sunday, so I decided to shake it up and have her party at 10 in the morning,
and do BRUNCH!
It was awesome.
The weather was perfect, it was before nap time, and then everyone still had their day once it was over.

I ordered these invites from the Etsy shop SuperFunnyParty, and they turned out excellently.
Exactly what I was hoping for, plus great Customer Service!

The tulle that is draped on the curtain rods is from her first birthday 2 years ago, so that was free.
The banner is from Party City, and the photos I had printed at Target.

Photos of your little one through their last year are a GREAT thing to display at their birthday party!
I’ve had people go as far as telling me it makes them feel even more connected because they felt they still got to share in on moments leading up to why they’re at the party!

I handmake one thing for my kids’ birthday parties every year, so this time I made a felt scene as part of the backdrop for the finger desserts. It didn’t take as much time as I thought, and helped focus the party decor in.
All it takes is a good pair of felt scissors. If you have a good pair of felt scissors, seriously, the Felt World is your oyster.

Because Peppa Pig is all about lightness and cozy, polite simplicity, I *cough*ambitiously*cough* decided to bake every single food item, as well. Including the birthday cake, and the pancakes (because there’s an entire Peppa episode about pancakes!), eggs, and bacon not shown. It was definitely a labor of love, but in my opinion, so worth it! Everyone loved everything on the table, so I’ll share the recipes down at the end!

The silverware, pink glass cups, and paper plates were all from Party City.
The lacy cake stand and the Stats Board were from the Target Dollar Spot.

The mini desserts table included Mini Funfetti Cupcakes, Mini Cocoa Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins, Mini Strawberry Oatmeal Bars, Mini Soft Baked Lemon Cookies, and Lemon Raspberry Tarts.

The colors popped just right, and everything tasted divine. The Lemon Cookies and Raspberry Tarts went like hotcakes!

Maddelyn is lactose intolerant, so I made her a ‘Wacky Cake,’ which is dairy-free.
I, personally, am one of the biggest dairy connoisseurs ever, so I wasn’t sure how this would go, but…
It was absolutely DELICIOUS.

Also, I need to take a cake decorating class.
But whatever.
Because everyone still devoured it regardless of how it looked!

There was also a Mimosa Bar for the 10 adults that were there. 🙂

Because what’s Brunch without a mimosa?

You may recognize this ‘Think Happy Thoughts’ sign from their Neverland room. I moved it there after the party, but it was perfect for Peppa. It was from the Target Dollar Spot, and Peppa came from Party City.

The tulle, again, was from her first birthday, so I didn’t pay for that now.
The cute confetti balloons were from Party City. We used the rest of the helium tank leftover from Drew’s birthday party. There was just enough left for the giant 3 balloon and all the confetti balloons. Kinda weird! But awesome.

Aside from mimosas, we had water bottles (of course), a hot chocolate bar, a coffee bar, orange juice, apple juice, milk…

… and tea!

Grandma Pig would’ve been so proud.

And Maddelyn was blessed with some amazing gifts. Everyone was definitely on the same page with the pink this year!

I didn’t do favor bags for this one. I did fairy wands and party blowers, and that’s it.
Again… simplicity!
Even though the kids weren’t a big fan of simplicity when it came to no goodie bags! 😉

Still worked out just fine!

Peppa dresses in a “fairy princess” costume sometimes, and Fairy Princess Peppa was the one on her invitation,
so naturally, this costume had to happen.

I honestly don’t remember where it came from! I’ve had it in her closet for awhile now.
Probably Target, because what doesn’t come from there?

The crown headband came from Party City in the 1st Birthday Section.
(It doesn’t have a 1 on it or anything; it only says ‘Happy Birthday,’ so make sure if you are shopping in Party City, to skim through and check every section for something that works for what you’re doing!)

There’s also an entire episode of Peppa on Face Painting! So we did that, along with “Pin the Cake on Peppa!”

The Face Painting kit was from Party City, and was a hit!

Lastly, our present to her was a swing set for the backyard!

We were going to rent a Peppa Pig bounce house, but buying this Pioneer Swing Set Kit was less expensive. And we got to keep it, haha. So my husband worked tirelessly the day before her birthday to hand-build this swing set. It turned out beautifully, and the girls absolutely loved it.

It was the perfect gift, too, to ring in Summer’s arrival. Maddelyn and Drew are ALWAYS on it, and evenings Jess is home, you’ll find us all out there during the golden hour as the sun is making it’s way down having some good ol’ quality family time with the swing set. This exact kit is linked on the banner below.

You can check out the kit here:


I’m all about giving husbands projects every now and then! 😉

It was a beautiful day for a beautiful little soul, surrounded by the love of family and friends.

Welcome to 3, Angel Girl.
WE ALL LOVE YOU SO MUCH, SWEETHEART!!
I hope you look back on these photos and know that you always have been and always will be.

 

 


RECIPES


MINI COCOA CINNAMON SUGAR DOUGNUTS
(The Pioneer Woman) | Serves 24

Doughnut Ingredients:
2 TBSP Butter, soft
Butter for greasing
1½ CUPS All-Purpose Flour
½ TBSP Baking Powder
½ TSP Kosher Salt
¼ TSP Ground Nutmeg
½ CUP Sugar
1 large Egg
½ CUP Milk

Topping Ingredients:
½ TBSP Ground Cinnamon
½ TBSP Cocoa Powder
4 TBSP Butter, melted
½ CUP Sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease muffin tin with butter.
  2. In large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Add the eggs and mix again.
  4. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk to the creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.
  5. Fill cups ⅔ full.
  6. BAKE 10-15 minutes until golden.
  7. TOPPING: Mix the dry ingredients in a shallow bowl.
  8. Roll the muffins in melted butter, coating them well and completely.
  9. Roll in the cocoa cinnamon sugar mixture.
  10. Cool on a rack.

 

STRAWBERRY OATMEAL BARS
(The Pioneer Woman) | Serves 24

Ingredients:
1¾ STICKS Salted Butter, cut into pieces
Butter for greasing
1½ CUPS All-Purpose Flour
1½ CUPS Oats
1 CUP Brown Sugar
1 TSP Baking Powder
½ TSP Salt
1 (10-12 oz) JAR of Strawberry Preserves

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter 9×13 pan.
  2. Mix together the butter, flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Press half of the mixture into the buttered pan.
  4. Spread the entire jar of strawberry preserves all over on top.
  5. Sprinkle the other half of the mixture on top of that, and pat on lightly.
  6. BAKE 30-40 minutes until light brown, then cool completely. Cut into squares.

 

SOFT-BAKED LEMON COOKIES
Serves 28

Ingredients:
10 TBSP Butter
1 CUP Sugar
1 TBSP Lemon Zest
1 large Egg
1 large Egg Yolk
2 TBSP Lemon Juice
1½ TSP Pure Lemon Extract
5 DROPS Yellow Food Coloring
2 CUPS All-Purpose Flour
2 TSP Baking Powder
½ TSP Salt
¼ CUP Powdered Sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. With a mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and lemon zest.
  3. Add the egg, egg yolk, lemon juice, lemon extract, and yellow food coloring. Mix thoroughly.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  6. Scoop dough balls and roll them in the powdered sugar.
  7. Place on a lined baking sheet 2″ apart.
  8. BAKE 9-10 minutes. Let cool.

 

LEMON RASPBERRY TARTS
(The Pioneer Woman) | Serves 12

Ingredients:
1 CUP Sugar
3 large Eggs
3 large Lemons, zested and juiced
3 TBSP Butter
12 Frozen Phyllo Tart Shells
½ CUP Heavy Cream
SPLASH of Vanilla Extract
1 PINT of Raspberries
2 TBSP Sugar

  1. CURD: Whisk sugar and eggs in a heat-proof bowl until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Reserve 1 tsp of the zest for garnish, then stir in the zest and the juice.
  3. Put the bowl over a double-boiler and whisk 6-8 minutes until thickened.
  4. Remove from heat and immediately whisk in the butter.
  5. Scrape into a clean bowl and press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the curd.
  6. Refrigerate 2 HOURS OR MORE.
  7. RASPBERRY SAUCE: Reserve 12 of your raspberries for garnish. Put the rest in a small pan.
  8. Add the sugar and cook over medium-low heat, breaking up the raspberries. >DO NOT LET IT BOIL!<
  9. Strain the juice into a bowl and discard the solids.
  10. Let it cool.
  11. TARTS: Preheat oven to 350F.
  12. Bake them on a lined cookie sheet 3-5 minutes till lightly browned. Cool on a rack.
  13. ASSEMBLY: Spoon a small amount of raspberry sauce into each shell.
  14. Whisk the heavy cream with a heaping spoonful of raspberry sauce and the splash of vanilla extract until you have made your own whipped cream (…it takes some time, but don’t give up! It’s worth it!).
  15. Fill each shell with the curd.
  16. Top with a dollop of your whipped cream you made, a whole raspberry, and then sprinkle on the reserved zest.

 

CHOCOLATE WACKY CAKE
— Dairy-Free! —

1½ CUPS Flour
1 CUP Sugar
3 TBSP Cocoa Powder
1 TSP Baking Soda
½ TSP Salt
1 TSP Vanilla
1 TSP Vinegar
5 TSBP Vegetable Oil
1 CUP Cold Water

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Make three little wells in that dry mixture.
  4. In the first well, pour the vanilla.
  5. In the second well, pour the vinegar.
  6. And in the third well, pour the vegetable oil.
  7. Then pour the color water all over and STIR (no need to beat).
  8. Pour into 8×8 pan (or whatever pans you are using).
  9. BAKE 30-40 minutes (or until toothpick comes out with moist crumbs, no batter).

4 Comments

  • mydayinlosangeles

    Lovely post and recipes included??! Love it! You did a great job, my girls would love this. We are big fans of Peppa too

    August 17, 2017 at 11:05 pm Reply
    • the Star Spangled Mama

      Thank you, beautiful mama! Love that you’re fellow Peppa fans– it’s such a cute little show!

      August 18, 2017 at 6:45 pm Reply
  • Lowella

    Super mama! AAH!! I applaud you! Looks like everyone had so much fun and so beautiful! You are very creative mama & you did such a great job!! Whohooo!! P.S. I’m lactose intolerant too and I will most def try your recipe! So exciting!! :))

    August 7, 2017 at 10:49 am Reply
    • the Star Spangled Mama

      Oh girl, you are too sweet! Thank you for your kind words! 🙂 And I didn’t know until now that you are lactose intolerant! We may have to talk more about this offline… Let me know what you think of the cake– so easy and delicious, and didn’t hurt her tummy in the slightest! Victory!

      August 16, 2017 at 1:53 pm Reply

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