Miss Anni has some for her coming birthday. Turning five AND the end of Ramadan are big reasons to celebrate and we are planning people! I cannot believe my firstborn is already five. As I say often sometimes the days go by so slowly but the years seem to fly be. Anni Joy has decided her party this year will be the best Barbie Island Princess party EVER thrown here (and probably safe to say only). But still we like to dream big. And although I am not a girly girl I must say I usually appreciate the Barbie stories and movies over anything Disney Princess since at least the main characters seem to have more aspirations in life than marrying the handsome stranger and singing to animals about said handsome stranger. And this Mama was happy she did chose an “island” theme- should not be too hard to pull off since coconuts and shells abound around here and mangoes are cheaper than ever. Plus, amazingly the only other American family we know close by happened to have the movie, the doll, and the book which are being studied daily for inspiration at our house. The “Barbie in a cake” might be a little harder for this Mama to tackle but I will try (and that is what You Tube is for right?). Here is some of the preparation in the works….

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This fabric is at the local sewing fundi being transformed into a blingy dress thanks to some money Bibi sent and we stashed away for just such an occasion (and bonus= ridiculous fancy dress up dresses are PERFECT for Eid celebrations here)

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what would a party be without invites? Each with a specially selected shell and addressed by Miss A.
Since Anni’s school will be closed for the end of Ramadan and Eid she got to celebrate early with her class. Here is everyone showing of their candy and pens today….Anni got to dress up and wore a special crown her teacher made for her (she is the barely visible Mzungu in the middle:)…Yeah!

Just the beginning of the Bday festivities y’all……more of the Barbie birthday party of the year to come……
  1. Anonymous says:

    you can ask Elise for advice at the babrie cake – she did a georgious one at Eves B-day all by herself.

  2. Anonymous says:

    How fun, Roxanne! My cousin's wife has this Barbie in a cake tutorial on her blog. The ingredients look simple, but I'm not sure how easy it would be to find them there…http://momadvice.com/blog/2011/01/the-perfect-pink-barbie-cake-tutorial

  3. Anonymous says:

    Glad I could supply the funds for her outfit. Sure wish I could be at one of these birthdays. Seems like I just drove madly through Chicago traffic to get to the hospital before she was born. Bugs are crazy in those pics.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Yay birthdays! We just had Joshua's party, no theme, but still fun!