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For those of you who follow Life Exquisite on Facebook you’ll know that my oldest daughter turned 12  last week!  I am so excited to share pictures of her birthday and even though she has already had her friend birthday party I am waiting until after the family birthday party this coming Saturday.  So you’ll have to wait until next week to see what we whipped up for her Monsters University Movie Theatre Birthday Party.  However, thinking of her birthday reminded me that I missed posting a couple of birthday parties during my time off from blogging.  Today I am posting my 9-year-olds Costume Birthday Party!

Being that her birthday is so close to Halloween this was a really easy theme because everyone was able to come in their Halloween costumes!

The decorations were basically the same for her friend and family party, but first lets start with…

The Invite…

After the invites were sent out and the day of her friend party arrived I got busy decorating!  A costume party is the perfect party for a…

Photo Booth

The photo both was more of a backdrop for opening gifts at the family party but my daughter and her friends really enjoyed it.  I have many, many pictures of them as a group, and individuals.

I then set to work decorating the table for when the costume clad troop would arrive home from school.

The cake for her friend party was my first, and only, attempt at a cupcake cake and was very simple.

The cake table was set a bit differently for her family party and she wanted her cake to be decorated to look like her birthday invitation.

The cakes were the only thing different for her parties but the games stayed the same.  First we played…

Pin The Nose On The Clown.

My daughter and her friend modeled their clown noses post game!

The next game we played was a “Minute To Win It” game where you hold a straw in your mouth and need to use the straw to pick up rings from a table and transfer them to a bowl…without using your hands.  This one was very fun and even the adults got in on the action!

My littlest didn’t quite understand that she wasn’t supposed to use her hands!

It was a simple but very fun party!

Apologies for the blurry photos not sure what my photographer…uh hmm hmm (throat clearing)…was doing:-)



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I had so many intentions of posting my favorite Christmas recipes, and DIY crafts for you all before Christmas approached but it’s been crazy busy, as is usual for the holidays.  I haven’t even had time to take pictures of any of my outfits for you this week!  I apologize but know you all understand…and to make amends I am sharing both a recipe and an outfit with you!

Mixing polka dots with peppermint and minty green!

(Blazer & Earrings – Charlotte Russe, Polka Dot Blouse – Francesca’sNecklace – Urban Peach Boutique)

I wore this outfit to my children’s Christmas concerts and will probably where it again tomorrow to a Christmas party!  I’ve been wanting a red blazer and finally nabbed one at Charlotte Russe on Black Friday!  And I’ve already told you about my new jewelry boutique obsession Urban Peach Boutique, which is where I got this wonderful mint colored bubble necklace!  Red and Green are traditional holiday colors and some people may think it boring to go traditional but I LOVE red so adore the excuse to wear it all the time at Christmas and I love that this mint green adds a softness to this outfit!  It’s a perfect soft little twist to tradition!

Recipe…North Pole Cupcakes!!!

This is not my own original idea at all.  I found it at Kara’s Party Ideas.

I’m not entirely sure how she did hers, I didn’t follow her recipe, just the “North Pole” idea.  You can certainly visiter her site to follow her or here’s what I did…



1 Box of white cake mix

red & green food coloring

Butter Cream Frosting:

1 stick of butter

1/4 c crisco

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 c powdered sugar

2 TBSP milk

You will also need:

About 18+ mini candy canes

North Pole Printables

I wanted our cupcakes to look something like this, but red, white and green instead of rainbow…


Mix cake according to directions on box.  Separate batter into three different bowls, leave one white and color one red and one green.  Fill cupcake pans with cupcake liners and add a large spoonful of each color, one on top of the other, to get a beautiful, colorful effect.  Fill each line about half full and bake according to directions on box.  When done baking allow to cool completely.

For your frosting you will cream the butter, crisco and extract in a mixing bowl until well blended.  Add sugar and mix thoroughly until a creamy mixture is achieved.  It will be a thick cream at this stage.  Now add your milk (for richer taste you can add whipping cream) and mix thoroughly again.  Place frosting in piping bag with a large tip (I used a Wilton #199).

Before you begin frosting stick a mini candy cane, upside down, in the center of each cupcake.  Pipe frosting, in circular motion around candy cane and working your way to the outer edge of cupcake.  After you have frosted all the cupcakes you will switch out your tip for a large round tip (I used Wilton #7) and you’ll “glue” the North Pole sign on with a bit of frosting.

They’re a hit with the kids and adults thought they were pretty cool too!

I will be taking a Christmas stay-cation with my kids and husband starting tonight and wont be back until January 2nd.  I’m sure I will be instagramming to LE’s Facebook page so you can follow me there if you’d like.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of our savior with your family and friends and wish you all many blessings in the New Year to come!

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