{Kate's 4th Birthday Party} The Barbie Cake...Then and Now!


{kim's 4th birthday ~ 1981}


When I was little, my mom made the most fabulous cakes! I always love going through her photo albums and seeing the beautiful creations she made for my brother & I's birthday parties. When my own daughter decided on a Barbie party this year, I instantly thought of the doll cake that my mom had made for my own party. Had I seen this picture again before Kate's party, I think I would have asked Melissa {Decadent Delights} to match the ruffles. Instead, I googled to find some examples of Barbie cakes and found a pretty purple one that inspired this design {source unknown}. The swirls, rhinestones and edible glitter turned out absolutely gorgeous! My mom didn't have a chance to pull out this photo until after Kate's party but when she did I was so excited that it happened to also be for my 4th birthday! It just shows how you can pull beautiful memories from the past to inspire new ones!


{kate's 4th birthday ~ 2011}


Thank you, Mom for making my beautiful cakes and beautiful memories. Love you!



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35 comments

  1. Heidi

    04/18/2011

    What a fun memory to be sharing with your daughter. The picture is adorable

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  2. Diane

    04/18/2011

    This is so awesome! I have a picture from my birthday in 1981 (I turned 5, I'm a year older than you) and I was wearing a smocked dress (but in light blue) and the EXACT same strawberry shortcake pin. How fun to see! You are an awesome party planner but an even more awesome mom!

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  3. Lisa @ HR Creative Design Studio

    04/18/2011

    Kim, that has got to be the most adorable idea, cake I have ever seen from your 4th birthday! It's so wonderful that you use it as inspiration for your daughter's birthday, priceless. What a great memory to share with her. Lisa

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  4. Camille

    04/18/2011

    You get your amazingness from your mom! I love that she threw you fabulous parties as well when you were little! Such great memories and pics Im sure =)

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  5. Laura

    04/18/2011

    I love the picture of you Kim so adorable!! Kate's party looks amazing as usual!

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  6. Angelique Cowart

    04/18/2011

    Like always is just beautiful! You are so talented.

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  7. pickmepam

    04/18/2011

    love the new barbie look...the swirls on her dress are very hip!

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  8. Ceilidh

    04/18/2011

    How sweet!

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  9. Melanie Siena-Thomas

    04/18/2011

    I had a Barbie cake for my 7th Bday. Can't wait to have one for my little girl! The one for your daughter's Bday was gorgeous.

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  10. Katie

    04/18/2011

    What a special connection between you and your sweet Kate!

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  11. Dawn Sandomeno

    04/18/2011

    This was a very special party and post! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  12. TaraRhode

    04/18/2011

    Aww, what sweet memories! It brings me back to my 3rd birthday and the doll cakes that my own Mom made for me. :D

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  13. Lisa Hodson

    04/18/2011

    Lovely cakes! My mum made me some lovely ones when I was little and I have also been thinking about recreating them for my little girl, I just need to get some practice in first!!

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  14. Hollie Eastman

    04/18/2011

    Oh my goodness...do i remember the Barbie cake!! Thanks for taking me back...and i love both of the party pics and cakes!
    Hollie=)

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  15. Eloïse

    04/19/2011

    So cute, i love love love love it!!! Your mom was doing as great as a pro! I love your outfit too!

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  16. Heather G.

    04/19/2011

    This is such a sweet post! Gorgeous cakes!! :)

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  17. Sweets Indeed

    04/19/2011

    Kim, this is adorable. I love seeing where the inspiration comes from. Our moms were so crafty!!! Darling photos and perfect party. I love it!

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  18. Marian

    04/20/2011

    Kim, it's so nice to see it come full circle! You two are both so adorable!

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  19. autumn

    04/21/2011

    I had that same barbie cake when I was little (born in 1980). It is so fun to do the same parties for my own daughter's now!

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  20. Rowaida Flayhan

    04/27/2011

    Amazingly beautiful Kim your cake and your daughters. You look adorably cute in your photo so does your daughter. Blessings

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