Sunday, March 8, 2009

Princess Kaiya Turns 6!

Friday was Kaiya’s 6th birthday! We celebrated with several parties. We started by taking treats to Kaiya’s Kindergarten class. Most of the other kids bring cupcakes for their birthdays, but Kaiya decided she wanted to be a little bit different and bring ice cream sandwiches. Kaiya also wanted the babies to be there, so we all went over with the stroller.

Kaiya's class lined up along the wall outside to eat their ice cream sandwiches.

Kaiya with a few of her friends

Rustin, Ryder, Kyndall, Kassidy and Kaydence. The babies were fascinated with Kaiya's class. They hardly made a peep the whole time we were there.

As soon as everyone finished their treats, they all swarmed the babies. There were two red-heads in Kaiya's class and they were delighted to see that Rustin had red hair too.

Mrs. Hunt's Kindergarten class poses for a picture

After school we had a "friend" party for Kaiya. At our house, we only do friend parties every other year. This time we did a princess-themed party and it was so much fun! My friend Virginia took all the babies to her house for the afternoon so my mom and I could decorate and get ready for the party. She is superwoman! She took all the pack-n-plays to her house and tried to give the babies a nap, but they didn't sleep very well in the new environment. She played with them all afternoon and brought them back after the party was over. My other friend, Cassaundra, went over around 5:00 pm to help feed and take care of the babies too. These women are amazing!! I could have never pulled off this party without them!

The princesses arrived around 4:00 pm and we took a quick "before" picture before sending them upstairs for makeovers.

"Before": Emma, Kaiya, Molly, Mikayla and Ryley (Princess Vivian arrived fashionably late and didn't make it into the before picture)

At the first make-over station, the girls had their nails done by me.

After nails, the princesses had their hair and make-up done by some "seasoned" princesses---Kayla (above) and Holly (below).

Following the make-overs, headed downstairs for their "Glamour Shots"

Back: Emma, Vivian, Kaiya, Front: Molly, Mikayla, Ryley.

Princess Kaiya

Front to Back: Princess Ryley, Princess Kaiya, Princess Emma, Princess Molly, Princess Mikayla and Princess Vivian

Following the photo shoot, the girls played games while I quickly printed off some of the pictures to use as table decorations, then we had a Princess "Tea Party" (minus the tea--we had pink soda instead).

The Cake. Kaiya has been insisting for months that she wanted a tiered cake for her birthday. I have never made a tiered cake before and this one didn't turn out the way I pictured it in my mind, but in the end I think it still turned out pretty cute!

The table (still missing a few frames)

The place setting. We served flower-shaped peanut butter sandwiches, fruit kabobs and jello-cups. I was so excited when I found the crown frames on clearance for 50 cents a couple weeks ago. My mom and I painted them pink and put the girls names on them with sparkly letters and they looked great!

Time flies when you're having fun, and it was 6:00 pm before we knew it! The parents were arriving to pick up their daughters and we still hadn't done the cake! The girls insisted that we could not skip that part, so we sang Happy Birthday and Kaiya blew out the candles.

Following the "friend" party, we had our "family" party. The term "family" was interpreted a little more loosely---we invited Virginia and her family, Cassaundra and her family and our friends the Woods. At the princess party, we were careful to cut the cake in the back, so no one could even tell from the front that there were pieces taken out and it still looked great for the "family" party.

Kaiya with her presents

The whole "family"

All in all, I think Kaiya had a great day!



The Brown Bunch said...

You are superwoman!!!! I am glad that you are able to give her a special day...every princess deserves a day.....

Amanda said...

What a lucky girl! All those parties must've been so fun!

You really know how to put on a celebration. And how brave of Virginia to take all the babies.

Hope you guys are all doing well!

Selene said...

Wow! What a party! You are totally amazing.

Maaike said...

Happy Birthday Kaiya! You are a beautiful princess! And your Queen Mom rocks! :)

Rachelle, I love doing friend parties for kids, but whew, I know what it job it is. This party looks awesome!

The Queen Vee said...

Princess Kaiya truly got the royal treatment on her birthday. Thanks to lots of clever ideas and work from mom and grandma her Princess party looked like every little girls dream come true.

Virginia and Cassaundra, can't give those two enough praise, they are beyond superwomen. They absolutely exemplify the virtue of charity.

Happy Birthday Kaiya!

Schauers Hours said...

Wow what a party! It puts the shindig Fiora had to shame. Good thing Fi doesn't know what she's missing. :) Happy birthday kaiya!

Andrea said...

Wow! That all looks like so much fun! Great job! Your princess is beautiful, too! I'm sure she'll always remember this birthday.
Mom to Drew, Luke, and Cole (no princess parties in my future!)

Melissa Spence said...

Wow what an awesome princess party! Might do that for my daughter when she turns 6 this year!
Great pics, loved them all!

♥ Somebody Loved ♥ said...

What a crowd of Royal Princesses.

This looks like loads of fun.


Apis Melliflora said...

I want to be a little girl again after reading this party post! The team of princess women who made it happen are all really fairy godmothers in disguise!

2Gemelle said...

wow, what a lovely Princess!

Maggie said...

So cute!!
I would love to see the picture behing the group "family" picture! What is it?? Anyway you could post a picture of it?

Rachelle said...


The "picture" in the background is actually some cardboard cut-outs of babies that my mom's friend made for a "quint-grandma" shower that she gave her. We hung the "babies" up for the quints first birthday party and have just never taken them down. We haven't had time to really decorate our kitchen anyway, so the cutouts are at least something! I think there is a better picture of them on the post about the first birthday---(should be under August 2008)

Anonymous said...

Incredible! What an awesome Birthday Party! And to do it all with 5 babies in tow. You are an amazing Mama!

gilloth/Edina said...

Happy Birthday, Kaiya:))

Crazy Granny said...

Princess Kaiya Rules.

Kristen Duke said...

that looks like so much fun! I love that she wanted the babies to come to school...surely to show them off. And how great that they got to play with Virginia at her house so you could give the party undivided attention. Love it all! Lovely cake.

Annie said...

Just wonder woman. Three parties in one day, amazing. Congrats, you did a great job and Kaiya enjoyed it.

Cristy said...

What great friends you have to take 5 babies in order to give your princess her own special time. And congrats on pulling it all off!

Sammie said...

Hi there Rachelle, im from Singapore. Its great to stop by your blog. Your quints are extremely cute! I love them alot! haha. We hardly see quints here in Singapore. :( Take care there. May God bless you and your family.

Laura Shimer said...

Happy Belated Birthday Kaiya!

It was great to see you a few weeks ago when I subbed Kinder at your school! I sure miss seeing you! It was sweet to watch you and Ryley play on the playground-it was just like last year!

Blessings to you and your family! Hope I get to sub at your school again before school is out!

Ms. Laura

mamabean said...

It's too bad you had to drag all those babies to Kaia's birthday celebration at school. It was HER special day, and seems wherever those babies are.thats where the attention goes. I feel sorry for your older children getting the shaft.

Rachelle said...


Believe it or not, Kaiya wanted the babies to come to the school for her birthday treats. I had someone willing to babysit, but she insisted that she wanted the babies there. I think she likes the attention SHE gets by having them there.

Tony said...

We - Tony and Judy Gundersen - are relatives so pleased to be an extended part of a cute family. Tony is Grandma Sylvia's cousin/Cutler family. We check out the Wilkinson Quints blog now and again ever since we've known there is one! We're sure it's LOTS of work to have a fine son and daughter - and then 5 come at once! We're amazed at the fun you have and love the sense of humor evidenced. We really have great admiration for what you do, who you are and for meeting the great challenge you've been given with love and a leap of faith every day. It would be really fun to see you all in person sometime. We live in Salt Lake City; sometime you just might visit here. Sending love to you all. Tony and Judy Gundersen

BoufMom9 said...

That is the best princess party I have EVER seen! WOW! What a very lucky birthday girl!