Rylee is Five!
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Rylee turned 5 a couple weeks ago and we celebrated with a fairy princess party per her request!  She wanted everything pink and purple, so with that in mind, I did my best to create a little bit of magic for her on her special day.  We surprised her with this amazing dress by Tutu Du Monde the night before….you should have seen her face!  I swear, it’s been two weeks since her party and she has worn it at some point every single day since she got it.  Needless to say, she loves it.  We had the party at a park by our house, which always creates a challenge with food and drinks and set up, but we pulled it together last minute with some help from some sweet friends.  She invited a handful of her favorite pals and they just played together at the park, opened presents, talked about princess things and ate yummy treats made by Sweet & Saucy Shop.  I mean, how pretty is that cake!!?  And those little gem cake pops!  As much as I love to make birthdays special (and pretty!) for my kids, I’ve realized over the years that they don’t need anything extravagant or over-the-top.  As long as we make them feel loved and special (and remember the cake and presents), they are happy campers.  I suppose the planning and the decorations are just as much for me as they are for her!  Rylee loves to craft with me so she helped me make all the gold leaf crowns we handed out to her friends along with the wands and “pixie dust” bottles!  Sam and I always laugh about how ‘gifts’ are definitely her love language.  Year around she is pretending it is Christmas or someones birthday just so she can have a “party” and wrap presents.  I’ve never seen a kid like presents more than she does.  But what I love more is that she loves to GIVE gifts as well.  I think she is learning that as wonderful as it is to receive a gift, sometimes it feels even better to give one!  I am just so so proud of this girl.  She is growing up far more quickly than I’d like, but I love watching her grow into the beautiful person that she is.  She makes me really proud to be her mom, and I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for her!

Happy birthday Ry.  Love you to the moon kid.  xx

sources:  Dress – Tutu Du Monde  //  Ballet Slippers – Bloch  //  Cake and Desserts and stands – Sweet & Saucy Shop  //  Paper Goods – Harlow & Grey  //  Crowns, Wands – DIY  //  Glass Slippers 


  1. Sharda

    Oh My! so beautiful…Rylee and her parties get more and more gorgeous every year…who took the photos Kelli they are amazing! Happy birthday Rylee xx

  2. Jeanne

    This is so beautiful!!! HBD to Rylee and thank you so much for including H&G party goods! Couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of her celebration. Xo Jeanne

  3. Elina

    Your parties are always so lovely! I’d love to know what Rylee put in her fairy dust. Such a great gift!

  4. Heather

    I’m attempting to make some birthday crowns and have had this image saved forever! Can I ask where you bought the gold leaf garland/branches? I can’t find anything with such a delicate leaf and I love the look! Went down a deep google rabbit hold and came up short.



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