Our beautiful little girl turned six last week and we had an amazing time celebrating. I admit, I may have gone a bit overboard, but I think it was well worth it!
Birthday’s can be a bit challenging for the kids as they are so used to celebrating birthdays in the US. When you are used to celebrating your special day with your extended family by your side, it can be a bit bittersweet when they are not able to be there to celebrate with you. Fortunately for my brood, we have an amazing group of expat friends that have grown into our family here. But enough of me rambling, on with my Belle’s big day!
Last summer (yes I plan that far in advance) I asked my daughter what she wanted her birthday theme to be…she answered Beauty and the Beast…unaware that there was a new movie coming out. It was fabulous planning a Beauty and the Beast themed party with the movie excitement going around.
With help from our agent, I was able to order candelabras from Taobao. Taobao is a wondrous website unto itself, but you need someone fluent in Chinese to effectively navigate and help purchase. Think Amazon.com meets Ebay. You can find anything and everything on Taobao and for the most part you can get whatever you purchase shipped to your door within a day or two. I have often learned to not be surprised when items arrive. For instance, this is how the candelabra arrived:In a lot of pieces with no instructions. They turned out beautiful but took what seemed like forever to assemble them. We also ordered the table cloths, happy birthday banner, candles, table runner, and wooden flatware from Taobao.
My amazing friend helped me immensely by making the felt rose balls. Again, I’m so glad for such great friends to help.
Yes, I spent an entire afternoon glittering and hanging 36 wooden pieces of flatware from our dining room lights!
Last but not least was the cake. Cakes are a challenge here. Luckily my cakes came out – all six layers managed to come out of the oven and act as they were supposed to. (I don’t know how to explain baking differences here. I don’t know if it is an unusual oven, minor differences in ingredients, different quality in the ingredients I can get my hands on here or what, but I always pray that whatever I’m making turns out and meets my expectations.) Our own Belle had chosen the birthday cake she wanted out of my buttercream bible. I sort of put my own spin on it to make it fit more of the Beauty and the Beast theme. I think it turned out pretty well! In closing, I feel like our own little Princess had a pretty special day. My friend helped me decorate the dining room while my husband took the kids out of the house before the party in order to make it a surprise. It was priceless to see the look on her face when she saw the room. Happy Birthday love!