Princess Ashby’s 5th Birthday Party!

On Tuesday night, we celebrated Ashby’s 5th birthday!

Ashby had asked for a princess party and the very first thing that came to mind was this cute little store on our historic square that hosts little parties like this.  Kensington also had her fifth birthday there too!  So, we booked it for Tuesday night and it became the easiest and most beloved birthday party of all time.  Ashby LOVED it!  Here are five billion pictures of Princess Ashby’s birthday party 🙂 .

Ashby Front

Andrea created the cutest little invites that we mailed to our friends.  This is the front…

Ashby Back

…and this is the back.


We arrived ready to PARTY!  This picture reminds me of this picture…


…they get big SO FAST!!


Smith had a flag football game that night, so Lovie and Papa Jay came to party with us since Andrew and Smith weren’t there.


All you do is bring cupcakes or a cake to this party…they handle every other detail (drinks, paper goods, crafts, costumes, etc).  Seriously, it’s the world’s easiest, yet cutest and most special party!  This was the craft station.




They set the table for us.  Our colors were pink and gold.


Britt, Erika and Ann Marie came to party too!


Papa Jay was there for the fun!  (And psssst: my top is from HERE.)


My friend Emily has the cutest little cupcake/cake/cookie business, and I always love supporting her and having her make our sweets.  Our personal favorite is always her cupcakes with mini iced sugar cookies on top!



Adorable, right?!


These two girls were cracking me up!  Earlier that day, I asked them if they were going to dress up at the party and they were both like, “No, we’re just going to help the little girls.”.  Yeah right.  Thirty seconds in the store and they were both in full costume! Ha!  They had just as much fun as the littlest ones!


This was Ashby’s first costume and hairdo.  She first wore the Belle costume with a big sparkly bun and then later, she switched to Cinderella with braids.  Look at all the glitter!


Karaoke was a HUGE hit!


Madeley had the tiniest little sparkly braid 🙂 .


This kid is going to have to have a karaoke party soon.  She was obsessed with it!


Life. Of. The. Party.


I can’t stop laughing at her singing!  Bahahahaha!


All of the girls got hair, makeup and nails done.



Of course, Ashby’s bestie was included too!  He selected a police officer costume to wear for the night!


Lots and lots of singing!


I think Britt loved her first party 🙂 .


Kensington’s fancy hair 🙂


Sing, sing, sing!


Lots of crafting!


Ah!  Costume number two!


Sweet Miley 🙂 .  I so wish her mama had been there too.



There is always a runway show towards the end.  This girl was beaming!


Ha!  This one had the best time!


And Miss “I’m too old to participate” nailed the runway!


Kensington had so much fun!


Lots of happy princesses!!


Ms. Erika told Madeley she could hold Britt for a second while we took pictures and Madeley was THRILLED!


Look at that smile!


Group picture!


I brought beach towels for everyone to bring home as a party favor.  I loved how the sweet people at the store displayed them for me.



And then it was time to sing Happy Birthday!



 Ashby had THE BEST time!  It was the perfect party for our little princess!


We kept the celebrating alive when we got home.  We let Ashby open a few of our presents to her with Andrew and Smith…



And she got exactly what she wanted…a big girl bike 🙂 .


They came downstairs in matching pajamas…


…that they decided to wear backwards just for fun.  These two sisters.  I blinked and it was no longer Kensington having the princess party…but Ashby.  I know I’m going to blink again and it will be Madeley.  Love these girls so much!

Thank you to our sweet friends for coming and making the party so special!  We love you girls so much!


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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog June 8, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Oh my God, this is every girl’s dream party. So pretty and pink! Never mind five years old, girls past 18 are hankering after this kind of wonderful theme too!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Erika Slaughter June 8, 2017 at 4:40 am

    My crew and I had a blast at Ashby’s party! From the fancy hair to the cupcakes to all the friends…great night celebrating Miss Ashby! (And five sounds so old-I can’t believe she’s FIVE!)

  • Bernadine June 8, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Happiest of birthdays to sweet sweet Ashby!!!

  • Kerri June 8, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Where are the towels from? Such a good summer favor idea

    • Mix and Match Mama June 8, 2017 at 4:59 am

      Pottery Barn Kids! I bought them when they were 40% off! Score, right?!

  • Susan Jeffries June 8, 2017 at 4:52 am

    You’re such a good mama. I love reading your posts(:

  • Narci Dreffs June 8, 2017 at 5:14 am

    What a fun party!!! I know she had an amazing time!

  • Rebecca June 8, 2017 at 5:36 am

    This is simply adorable!! What a great party!!! Happy birthday Ashby!!
    🙂 Rebecca

  • Melissa June 8, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Such a cute party. It looks like she had the best time. Love the ATL top. Are you wearing the SW soho wedge shoes in the pic at the party? Thanks.

  • Kelly Roll June 8, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Thank you for sharing your life. These were the sweetest pictures ever!

  • Riley June 8, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Such a sweet party!!!

  • Courtney June 8, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Looks like an awesome party! I’m so glad Papa Jay and Lovie could be there to support her, too. She will never forget moments like her perfect princess party.

    P.S. I love the girls’ PJs! 🙂

  • Amy Heinl June 8, 2017 at 5:58 am

    What a wonderful party. Loved the beach towels. They are adorable. Ashby was the bell of the ball

  • Christine June 8, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Did Ashby get a birthday board? I always look forward to seeing the tradition of your kids birthday boards! My strongest and fondest childhood memories are built around traditions and I think you’re doing an amazing job as a Mom!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 8, 2017 at 6:13 am

      She did! I will photograph that too!

  • Bridget June 8, 2017 at 6:15 am

    What a precious party for sweet Ashby! Can you link to the wedges you wore?

  • Vicki Leuck June 8, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Every thing about this is delightful!!! What a great party!! You seem to be acutely aware of how quickly time passes. These moments are precious! Thanks for sharing the fun.

  • Stacy June 8, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Sweet little party!!! So many fun memories

  • Kimberly Penson June 8, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Sweet sweet tribe. Thank you for sharing your joys. Happy birthday Ashby

  • Erica @ Whimsical September June 8, 2017 at 6:37 am

    My sister and I both used those “Cool Sister Ever” shirts to tell each other that we were pregnant in 2015. I put it on my daughter to announce my second pregnancy to her, and then a few weeks later she bought it and put it on her dog (ha!) to announce that she was pregnant too. 🙂 So I recognized them immediately when I saw K and A in them. That pic of Madeley on the runway steals the show. So cute! What a fun, well-deserve party was Ashby. 🙂

  • Alicia June 8, 2017 at 6:52 am

    How cute!! This was such a sweet party!

  • Amanda June 8, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Cute party place. Must have been a great night.

    I love your mom’s wedges (seen in one of the top photos). Any idea where they’re from!? 🙂

  • Tiffany June 8, 2017 at 7:18 am

    I love the look on Ashby’s face as she is watching her sisters walk the runway! SO sweet!!

  • Lisa D June 8, 2017 at 7:43 am

    My children, now all adults, remember their birthday parties and the fun traditions we had as they grew up…. Your “babies” will remember their birthdays too! And now we have a granddaughter to carry on the good times. Thanks so much for sharing your pics of all the adorable kids enjoying the princess party. Your littlest girl is a crack up, so many smiles!

  • Katie June 8, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Happy, happy birthday Ashby! Also, Erika’s dress is SO cute. Do you know where she got it?

  • Emily Burke June 8, 2017 at 7:54 am

    This post makes my heart so happy. How blessed Ashby is to have found her forever home, princess party and all 🙂 You are an inspiration Shay! & Happy Birthday sweet girl!

  • Sue Jones June 8, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Such a cute party!!! I can’t believe that Ashby is five!!!

  • Melissa June 8, 2017 at 7:59 am

    This is the cutest party venue and all the girls (and Bowen) were darling! Happy birthday, Ashby : )

  • Tara June 8, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I love them all. Happy birthday princess Ashby! Your journey with her was my nudge that got me through the special needs part of adoption! I should be bringing home my Ava in August!! Adoption creates families and love knows no boundaries!

  • Rebecca Brittain June 8, 2017 at 8:07 am

    This is the coolest place! I almost want to have a party there for me! =) Your sweet girls were all so happy and it looks like everyone had a blast. What a neat idea!

  • Taylor June 8, 2017 at 8:08 am

    I went to a similar party when I was young and I remember being so scared to walk down the runway. My mom had to walk with me haha. Thankfully, I’m not so shy anymore 😉

  • Kristen June 8, 2017 at 8:13 am

    What an amazing life you are giving Ashby. You can see the joy beaming from her face! So thankful for people like you in the world who open their hearts to children needing families.

  • Kayla B June 8, 2017 at 8:22 am

    How fun!! I loved every photo, but I laughed out loud at the one of Madeley with her hand in the air and sunglasses on!!

  • Paula June 8, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Awww…Sweet Princess Ashby, Happy 5th. ???

  • Meagan Ruse June 8, 2017 at 8:28 am

    We had the best time!!! Sadie is now wanting fish net gloves 🙂

  • Terry Pitzer June 8, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Such a great party! Can you share where you got the girls pj’s?

  • Sheaffer Sims June 8, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Well, these pictures are precious! I know Ashby had the best time!!!! Happy Birthday, A! WE LOVE YOU!

  • Francie June 8, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Happy birthday sweet Ashby!!!

  • Jenny June 8, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Ashby has a beautiful smile. What a sweet girl. You can see that she loved her party and how much she loves everyone around her. Happy Birthday Ashby! 🙂

  • Mallory June 8, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Ashby’s face when Madeley is walking down the runway is priceless! 🙂

  • Whitney Pegram June 8, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Such a sweet party! I love the picture of Madeley walking the run way … did you see the way Ashby is looking at her in it?!? Oh my heart!! ? Sisters are the best.

  • Jana Duresky June 8, 2017 at 9:14 am

    It looks like she had sooo much fun! What a sweet blessing she is to your family! I loved that you told us where your top was from but do you know where your friend AnnMarie’s top was from? I love her’s too!!

  • Deb June 8, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Amazing party – thank you for always sharing your precious moments. Also love Lovie’s necklace – where is that from?

  • Missy B June 8, 2017 at 9:31 am

    So I have to know…. where did that adorable white and pink tote bag come from that is sitting on the chairs in the background of some of your pictures??? So cute!

  • Sonia June 8, 2017 at 9:45 am

    OMG! Happy 5th Birthday to Sweet Princess Ashby…her party looked like perfection. My favorite picture is of Madeley on the runway. Not only did she look adorable but Ashby’s facial expression in that picture was a perfect reflection of their love! Adorable!!

  • Cathy Robinson June 8, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Shay I loved the girls PJ’s ! Where did you get them?

  • Ashlee June 8, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Such a fun party!! Did Ashby get a birthday sign? That’s one of my favorite traditions y’all do!!

  • Michelle B. June 8, 2017 at 10:12 am

    What a cute party!! I love Ashby’s face in the pictures where Madeley and Kensington were walking the runway. She looked so excited for her sisters too. So sweet.

  • Melissa Wilburn June 8, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Such a cute party! Happy birthday, Ashby! And those jammies are perfect- where did you buy those?

    • Mix and Match Mama June 8, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Gymboree last fall 🙂

  • Sandy Manning June 8, 2017 at 10:23 am

    What a wonderful party! But wait! Where is her sign for your wall? We must see it!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 8, 2017 at 11:04 am

      I will post a pic! I need to post a pic of the updated wall!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick June 8, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I asked Ashby last night how old she was and she said, “I’ll be 4 til Friday!”. I thought it was cute how she put that, like she’s counting down the days! Looks like y’all had a great time!! The pics of them strutting their stuff down the runway are adorable!

    That Inspired Chick

  • Carole June 8, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Please tell me you recorded Madeley singing and will share that video!

  • Angela Ellingson June 8, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Every little girls’ dream party!! The picture of 5-year-old Kensington melted my heart. Time really does go by too fast.

  • Carly M June 8, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Dream party! I hope Ashby had as much fun as I did looking through these pictures. Thank you for sharing.

  • Kelly June 8, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Hi – what lipstick and color do you have on? Love that!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 8, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      The new Nars Orgasm!

  • Alexis deZayas June 8, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    How sweet! Happy birthday Ashby! Love how much Madeley loves sweet Britt 🙂

  • Annaliese June 8, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    All three of your girlies are precious! Gotta love our runway…it has a way of drawing those older gals back in – I mean who could resist feather boas, a fancy dress and way too big high heels at that age?! Thank you so much for celebrating such a special day with us (again!)! We’re so happy to have helped play a small role in Miss Ashby’s big birthday, and can’t wait to celebrate with Miss Madeley in a few years! 😉 Please tell her happy birthday from us again! xo…

  • Kelly June 8, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Happy birthday to Princess Ashby! How can she be 5? This has got to be the most perfect little girl party ever. And all I have to do is bring cupcakes? Please sign me up 🙂

  • Jeanie June 8, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    So cute, and what fun! Happy birthday, Ashby. My daughter’s birthday was on June 6, but she’s now 50 years old. No idea how that happened.

  • Erin Port June 8, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    What a darling party with the sweetest little friends. I can’t believe she was 5! xoxo ERIN

  • Cindy Beck June 8, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    What a beautiful, fun, loving family you have. Thank you for sharing your special times with all of us. I think your mom needs her own blog! She always looks so put together… her top, necklace and wedges. If you happen to know where she bought them, I’m sure many of “us” would love to know!

  • Shelly June 8, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    So cute! FIVE…that has gone by so quickly!!

  • Amy Rae DeVito June 10, 2017 at 10:16 am

    What a fun birthday party! Happy 5th birthday, Miss Ashby! 🙂

  • Cheryl June 10, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Oh my gosh Bowen! What a sport surrounded by all those princesses! Lol

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life June 12, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Oh my gosh what an amazing party!!!!! Everything was perfect!