Family: Sofia’s 4th birthday party!

Happy birthday my baby!!! We had an amazing party!

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Now that she’s 4, I had to think about activities for the kids other than just running out with her friends. Since we’ll going to have a big crowd, I still wanted to host at home, so I hired a lady who does face painting and balloon twisting. It HIT the spot among the kids!!!

We started the day with nail painting, a long time promise for the special day

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then party started at 4pm!

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we ended up having more than 50 people in the house, so I was really happy that the deck was an attraction with the balloon lady.

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younger kids were happy playing in the play area while parents hang out

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kids had face paint one after the other… without parent intervention, they formed a line

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the second round was balloon twisting with their favorite colors!

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my baby was the princess! 🙂

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we hosted the party on Saturday 9/24 (her birthday is 9/26) so I took Friday off to prepare the food

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green tea magic cake

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Argentinian empanadas

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bite size cheesecake

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aduki bean rice cake

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cheese, hams, nuts and crackers

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apple pie

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we also had fruits, chips with guaca and hummus and puffs. Once again I baked the cake, a lemon cake filled with strawberries and lemon cream cheese frosting. I wanted to make the cake pink (Sofia’s favorite color) and didn’t want to use artificial food coloring, so I used beet juice and it really turned out pink. I was quite pleased with the end result. Cake had the perfect moisture, not too sweet and tint of lemon flavor. I use 1/2 of powder sugar for the frosting so it didn’t turn out too sweet. Almost all the guests finished their piece. That’s a good indication of how it turned out, right? 😉

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Kids had a lot of fun and I truly enjoyed every minute of it from watching kids jumping around excited with their painted-face, chatting with my friends, and simply soaking up another milestone of my baby girl. Although it takes a lot of thoughts, preparation for this moment, it so worth it because Sofia loves parties and more if she’s the center of attention. As long as it makes her a bit happier than she started her day, I’ll keep making it happen!

At 6pm, guests started to leave, and it was gift un-wrapping. Look how excited Sofia was.
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