In June 2015, Katie was referred to Make A Wish

This year, Katie was referred to Make A Wish by her Nana Nancy.  When Katie was accepted by Make A Wish, Jeff and I had to come up with a wish for Katie because Katie was not able to verbalize her wish. We decided that if Katie could wish for something it would be to take her family to Disney World. Make A Wish agreed and Katie will be going to Disney World in 2016! For her birthday this year, we had to have a Disney Princess Party because every girl deserves to be a Princess for a day!


Every Girl Deserves to be a Princess for a Day

How to you celebrate birthdays in your house?

I used to be one of those Mama’s that made her child’s birthday cake every year, and had her a party for all of her friends. Six kids later, I do good if the child get the “Special Day” plate, a present, and a cake. Oh, don’t fret yourself. Our kids will get at least 2 parties before they move out.

This year was Katie’s year for a party. She turned 13 during the summer but was sick for about 2 months. Therefore, I just choose a day in September and decided that we would celebrate her birthday.

I wanted Katie to have a Disney Princess Party because every girl deserves to be a princess for a day. Because of all Katie has been through, ONE princess was not good enough for our girl. Her party was going to have several. My thought was to designate one Disney Princess to each birthday activity.

Here are the princesses I used with the activity.

Princess Activities

* Aurora’s Nails. When the girls arrived they could choose a color and get their nails painted.

*Anna’s Photo Booth – Each child got their picture taken and I am sending them a copy.

*Snow White’s Games – These were located outside and the boys enjoyed these first.


Rapunzel's Salon

*Repunzel’s Salon – Every girl received a Repunzel braid in their hair.


Ariel's Seashells

*Ariel’s Seashells – every prince and princess was allowed to paint some sea shells to take home.

Snow White's Games

*Snow White’s Games consisted of a Wishing Well where the kids threw coins in the bucket. Also, we just put bubbles under the Bashful’s Bubbles sign for the kids to play whenever they wanted.


Elsa's Beverages


*Elsa’s Beverages – All the guest could choose a water bottle and/or Fruit Drink during the party. Here is the website where I found the water bottle labels. The Glacier Juice – was found at Like Mom and Apple When I logged on and clicked download it stated that the website was marked UNSAFE. I went head and downloaded and everything was fine for me. Proceed at your own risk.

 Cinderella Food
Each of the blue crowns on the wall have a wish to Katie from the guests at the party.
Cinderella Banquet


Cinderella Food


*Cinderella’s Banquet – the food all resembled something for the movie. Here is where I found the ideas for Bowtie Napkins. Check out bowtie napkin fold.

Here is the Princess Party Invitation I used. Melissa wrote in all the details and included a note that the guests could dress-up as a prince or princess.


Check out these photos of Katie’s Disney Princess Party:

Prince and Princess Party



Katie blowing out candles

One of the highlights of the party, was Katie blowing out her candles. Every time Jeff started lighting the candles, Katie would blow them out. After the second time, Jeff moved the cake, lit the candles and we all started singing “Happy Birthday” before the cake was in front of Katie. As soon as, the cake was in front of her the candles were blown out.

The most memorable moment was when we gave Katie a smash cake.

A smash cake you might ask?

Yes, you see one of the difficult things as an adoptive parent of older children is the fact that we miss out on all the “firsts”. You know, the first word, the first step, the first laugh, or the first lost tooth. To my knowledge and Melissa’s, Katie has never had a smash cake. Well, we all got to see her first smash cake today and let me tell you she enjoyed every bite. It brought tears to my eyes watching my daughter who is on a feeding pump most of the time enjoy her first smash cake, lick her fingers and pick up a fork and eat. Katie might not remember this moment after the next seizure, but her family will never forget the look on her face!


Cinderella Carriage and Cake

Here is the link to the DIY Cinderella Carriage.

In addition to eating cake, Katie enjoyed a Cinderella lunch, and Elsa Beverage.

After cake, presents, and games Katie was not the only one ready for a nap. Thankfully, Katie didn’t have any abdominal issues during the following 24 hours.

This is one day, I wouldn’t mind reliving over and over. It is days like this that I want forever imprinted on my mind and on the minds of everyone who loves our sweet Katie.

If you have a little girl and she hasn’t been a princess for a day, throw her this party and I am sure you will get plenty of hugs, smiles, and memories to last a lifetime.

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  1. Jen Schneider March 4, 2016 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Sounds like it was a wonderful day!

    • discoveringus March 4, 2016 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      It was absolute the best party ever!! I enjoyed it just as much as the kids.

  2. Monica Bruno March 4, 2016 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Hi Missy, what a treat!!! I LOVE seeing Katie in her princess dress and blowing out her candles on her cake. The cake is beautiful, btw. I’m excited about your upcoming trip to Disney World, too. I can’t wait to see the pictures and hear about your adventures!
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    • discoveringus March 4, 2016 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      Monica, Katie loved blowing out the candles and eating the cake. This is one birthday party that I will always remember.

  3. Rev March 4, 2016 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    How very beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing this.

    • discoveringus March 4, 2016 at 1:28 pm - Reply

      Katie makes everything beautiful! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  4. Natasha March 4, 2016 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    I don’t know how you find all the energy! Sounds like it was a great success. I’m glad her tummy didn’t hurt afterwards.

    • discoveringus March 4, 2016 at 11:27 pm - Reply

      If I don’t keep moving, they will overtake me! The kids out number me and are stronger!! After all the cake Katie ate, I was a little concerned! So thankful, she enjoyed it and felt fine.

  5. Amanda March 4, 2016 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    I loved reading this, what a fantastic birthday party idea and Katie definetly looks like a princess!

    • discoveringus March 4, 2016 at 11:28 pm - Reply

      Thanks Amanda, If you are ever in need of party ideas for your precious one, just let me know. I have a few other ideas up my sleeve.

  6. Nancy Cumbee March 4, 2016 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    OK, now that you have made me cry once AGAIN, I have to repeat myself. You are the best mom ever. All our TN grandchildren are blessed to have you as “Mommy”.

    • discoveringus March 4, 2016 at 11:34 pm - Reply

      I really appreciate your sweet heartfelt words. I just do what I do because I love them AND I don’t want them to put me in a nursing home while I am still in my right mind. Maybe they will remember all I did for them. Just securing my place for old age!

  7. Robin March 7, 2016 at 7:16 am - Reply

    My goodness do you know how to throw a party! It looks like a blast. Disney is such a great place – great theme!

    • discoveringus March 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks Robin for commenting! I love to throw parties. One year, I wrote on our calendar all the “National Days” like Donut Day, Ice Cream Day, etc. and did parties around the days. Around our house, I have to keep things interesting and keep kids guessing. Katie may not be able to verbalize how much she enjoyed her party, but the expressions on her face were worth more than words.

  8. Orana March 11, 2016 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Oh what a wonderful day! Katie is lucky to have you and your family. I loved all the princess activities!
    much love

  9. Kaitlyn October 19, 2016 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    This sounds like a wonderful princess party girls dream of! I like how you incorporated different princess themes into each area. The named/themed food was a great touch!

    • discoveringus October 19, 2016 at 11:28 pm - Reply

      Thanks Kaitlyn for stopping by the blog and leaving a comment. Yes, this was a super party for our girls. Let me know if you have a princess party. You are welcome to use some of my ideas but if you write a blog or put it on social media just give me a link back.

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