Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!

On Friday, we celebrated Kensington’s 9th birthday with a Trolls Swim Party.
I’m pretty sure I mentioned this last year…but back in the day, I loved planning out my kids’ birthday parties.  I loved coming up with the themes and painstakingly searching Pinterest for ideas, and I always cringed at the thought of them growing old enough to have an opinion about their parties (any other mamas out there like this????)…but then they did and it happened and you know what?  IT IS GLORIOUS!  They say things like “I want a Trolls Swim Party” and you go BAM.  Easy.  Done.  It really is soooooooo nice to give up control of things like this 😉 .
So, that’s what Kensington said she wanted.  With a bounce house.  Sounds like fun to me!  We invited over her friends for an after school party, served pizza and cupcakes and it was as easy as that.  She told me it was her favorite party ever (and I never once searched Pinterest 😉 ).
Here are some pics from the whole day.  I still can’t believer our girl is NINE!
A few years ago, she asked if we could do a scavenger hunt the morning of her birthday to locate her presents.  And that tradition has stuck!  None of the other kids want one, but we all think it’s fun to participate in Kensington’s.  I put Andrew in charge of the clues…
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
Kensington had requested green pancakes for breakfast.  So, before we woke everyone up, I whipped them up.  (I bought lime green food coloring to make them more fun!)
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
The night before, they all slept in their sleeping bags in our room…because she said it would be more fun to wake up together.
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
These two.
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
And off they go on the scavenger hunt!
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
We found the gifts, we opened presents, we ate our pancakes and then we got ready for school…
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
Later that morning, we headed up to their school to have lunch with the birthday girl…
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
She had requested fried rice for her birthday and a cake pop.  Ha!
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
A lot has changed in the last 9 years.  Nine years ago from that moment, we were at the hospital and I had been in labor since the night before.  Our sweet baby (who we did not know the gender) was bound and determined not to come out (she would come at 2:34 PM via c-section…because if they wouldn’t have gone in after her, I swear she would still be there today 😉 ).  We had that one baby we had prayed and prayed for.  That one child that, in our hearts at that very moment, was enough and we thought that would probably be the one and only (because just getting that one seemed so hard).  Things sure can change in nine years.  How crazy cool is God?!
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
The perfect fortune to get on your birthday.
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
Meanwhile, that afternoon at home, I got ready for her party.  Thank you Amazon for having tons of Trolls stuff 🙂 .
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
  We had our annual birthday sign (an updated post on these signs coming soon!).
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
Earlier in the week, Kensington had put gift bags together with some fun stuff for her friends (pencils, silly glasses, etc).
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
And then some very nice fireman who own a bounce house company, came to set up the bounce house.  This picture should be titled “the calm before the storm” 😉 .
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
The party started right after school, so Kensington hurried home and got ready.  I found her this Trolls headband off of Etsy.  Isn’t it cute?!
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
And then her friends started to arrive (along with our family!) and the fun began!
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
Everyone was having fun!!  (And because you can’t be too safe, I asked a lifeguard we know at our church to come and keep her eyes on the pool at all times.)
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
Kensington has requested my Fruity Pebbles Bundt Cake for her dessert (after we ate pizza), so I made her a mini bundt cake and everyone else cupcakes.  I you want to modify the original recipe, then bake cupcakes about 18 to 20 minutes or mini bundt cakes about 20 to 22 minutes.
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
Her smile!!  She was having the best time!
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
And just like that, she’s nine.
They swam, they bounced, they ate, they had fun.  It was the perfect Trolls Swim Party 🙂 .  We, of course, had the soundtrack playing outside during the whole party.  I’m pretty sure I had Timberlake stuck in my head the rest of the weekend.
Happy birthday to our sweet girl!!  I can’t wait to see what this year holds!!
To see Kensington’s parties from years past, here you go…
Kensington’s Spa Party
To see Ashby’s birthdays from years past, here you go…
Ashby’s Princess Party
To see Madeley’s first birthday with us, here you go…
, Kensington’s Trolls Swim Party!
  • Erika Slaughter September 18, 2017 at 4:58 am

    I’m so glad Kensington had such a special day! The Trolls theme was too cute! And Ebby Lee couldn’t stop talking about all the fun!

  • Beth September 18, 2017 at 5:02 am

    What a sweet girl! Still amazed at her leadership and consideration for her younger siblings! What great things God has in store for her!

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog September 18, 2017 at 5:15 am

    Looks like Kensington had a wonderful party! The bouncy castle is a great touch!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Bethany September 18, 2017 at 5:24 am

    I love this! Kids seriously just want the simple things that we often make so huge. She seems like the sweetest little girl!

  • Laura September 18, 2017 at 5:25 am

    What a fun idea for a party! Love that you didn’t have to search Pinterest. 🙂 What sweet pictures of the kiddos waking up and helping with the scavenger hunt. Looks like a great day!

  • Sarah September 18, 2017 at 5:26 am

    What a sweet birthday party!!! So I have to ask, what was the gift of her dreams?!?! So fun!!! 🙂


    • Mix and Match Mama September 18, 2017 at 5:49 am

      Ah! I’ll share a pic!!

      • Karen September 18, 2017 at 9:12 am

        Yay!! I was going to ask the same thing!! Left in suspense!! 😉

    • Angie September 18, 2017 at 8:37 am

      I know, right? I was like…what was the gift?! lol

    • Margaret Mellon September 18, 2017 at 11:13 am

      I’m curious too!

    • Bri September 18, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      I was thinking the same thing! What is this dream gift?? I think a scavenger hunt to birthday presents sounds so fun!

  • Elspeth Mizner September 18, 2017 at 5:27 am

    What a cute idea! Love the scavenger hunt! Looks so much fun!

  • Narci September 18, 2017 at 5:31 am

    What a great birthday!! Kensington is precious in the Trolls hat! So cute! Presley had the best time celebrating with your precious girl! The party was a big hit!!

  • jamie September 18, 2017 at 5:36 am

    super fun! and the lifeguard idea was genius. happy monday!

  • Kelly September 18, 2017 at 5:43 am

    This looks like a fun party!! But I ain’t gonna lie… I absolutely LOVED seeing your well-planned Pinterest parties!! They were so cute!!! Kensington is such a beauty!!

  • Lesley McFarland September 18, 2017 at 5:50 am

    What a fun party!! I too loved planning my kids party down to every detail. It stressed me out to no end but LOVED it!! And your right…when they are old enough to plan their it’s even more fun… AWESOME. and way less stressful. because really at the end of the day who cares…just have fun.
    But now I plan my besties kiddos party so I still get my planning parties fix.

  • Brooke Richardson September 18, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Oh my gosh, what an awesome party! That one of Kensington’s smile is just priceless!

  • Lauren September 18, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Kensington is such a pretty little girl & seems kind & loving, too! What a fun party! Good call on lifeguard. So many times parents are “hosting” or visiting with guests, accidents can easily happen! I used to lifeguard for private parties often & will definitely hire additional lifeguards for future kids parties!

  • Kristine September 18, 2017 at 6:23 am

    That’s such s good idea about having a lifeguard come!

  • Sheaffer Sims September 18, 2017 at 6:25 am

    What a perfect party!!! And the picture of K in the Trolls headband is darling!

  • Amanda September 18, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Sounds like she has the best birthday! I’m super impressed that y’all had time for a scavenger hunt, present opening and pancakes before school! Was always a rush for me in the mornings. Actually, still is!

    • Mix and Match Mama September 18, 2017 at 6:42 am

      We woke up extra early to make sure we had time. 🙂

  • Dana September 18, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Looks like a lot of fun! And what a great idea to hire a lifeguard to cut down on the stress of making sure no one accidentally slips in the pool!!

  • Angelique at September 18, 2017 at 6:46 am

    We’re doing a scavenger hunt for my son’s birthday party this year too. I’m nervous about my rhyming skills … lol. Kensington’s birthday board this year is incredible! Your friend is so talented. As are you with that cute party. It looks like they all had a blast!

  • Loren September 18, 2017 at 6:48 am

    I think that sign is the best one yet!!! She did a great job.

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams September 18, 2017 at 6:52 am

    What a fun birthday!! I love all the bright colors for the trolls theme. Pinning those fruity pebble cupcakes! So glad Kensington felt special on her day 🙂
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Melissa @ Finding My Mojo September 18, 2017 at 7:19 am

    What a super cute party! Happy Birthday Kensington!

  • Crystal September 18, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Looks like a fun party! I love planning my kids parties too, but boy it can get stressful. I’m sure it was nice to just relax and have a good time without worrying about every tiny detail.

  • Laci September 18, 2017 at 7:25 am

    What a fun party and that birthday sign is just too cute! Looks like K had the best day!

  • sydnee September 18, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Love the scavenger hunt idea! I might have to use that for my baby’s 9th in a few months. So happy to see K’s big grin on her special day!

  • Melissa September 18, 2017 at 7:47 am

    SOOOO fun! What a great idea to hire a lifeguard too…good thinking : )

  • Bernadine September 18, 2017 at 8:03 am

    The pic of K&M hugging. Sweet 🙂 x

  • Angela Ellingson September 18, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Super fun!! I love party recaps! My daughter Clara will be turning 7 and has requested a Trolls party as well!

  • heidi September 18, 2017 at 8:07 am

    What a sweet fun party. I love too that my kids tell me what they want. . It makes the pressure so much less!
    Love it!

  • Jennifer Partridge September 18, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Where did you get your kid’s sleeping bags? I’ve been on the hunt for some and just haven’t found any that don’t look and feel like they belong outside in a tent!

    • Mix and Match Mama September 18, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      They’re from Pottery Barn Kids!

  • Michelle September 18, 2017 at 8:35 am

    So curious to know what her gift was. I have two girls and love getting different gift ideas!

  • Alexis deZayas September 18, 2017 at 8:58 am

    What a sweet day for a sweet girl! Love how you make birthdays so special!

  • Melody Byrd September 18, 2017 at 9:14 am

    So cute & simple! Love the idea of asking a lifeguard friend to come over. Since we now have a pool & my kids love swim birthday parties, I think I’ll be doing this! We are out of school today for P/T conferences and enjoying a lazy raining day inside! Enjoy your Monday!

  • Melissa P September 18, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Y’all always have the cutest parties!! Is it weird if a 38 year old now wants a troll swim party? Asking for a friend ; )

  • Amy D. September 18, 2017 at 9:33 am

    What a fun party! I’m so glad Kensington had the best time! Happy 9th birthday to her!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick September 18, 2017 at 9:52 am

    What an awesome birthday!! And I love the scavenger hunt idea!! I may have to steal that idea for the boys this year! Happy Monday!!

    That Inspired Chick

  • Adrienne September 18, 2017 at 10:03 am

    I love the idea of doing a scavenger hunt to find her presents. Makes it more special.

    I am normally a pinterest Mom. My daughter turns 6 in a few weeks and this is the first birthday that I am not doing a pinterest inspired party. It makes things so much more relaxing, and we holding it at the bowling alley so no mess for me to clean up.

  • Katie September 18, 2017 at 10:21 am

    I totally feel you on planning a cute, Pinterest-y party before your kiddo(s) are old enough to have their own ideas/opinons! We just threw my son’s 2nd birthday party this weekend, and it was The Little Blue Truck theme! I had so much fun putting together all of the ideas and decorations!

  • Jenny September 18, 2017 at 10:42 am

    What a fun birthday! Hope this year is a great one for Miss Kensington!

  • Annie September 18, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Cant wait to hear the news about the signs!! (I love them and want your friend to sell them!) 🙂

  • Lindsay D September 18, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Looks like a great time! Happy Birthday Kensington!!

  • Shawnna Griffin September 18, 2017 at 11:58 am

    hey girl- great post! Such a cool party!

  • Jen September 18, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Cute Party! I have to say, I do love me some Trolls soundtrack. I often listen to it at work when I want to really get stuff done lol. Try it : )

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World September 18, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    What a fun party!! Our kiddos are still obsessed with Trolls so they would love this!

  • Cindy September 18, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Looks like Kensington had a great day! When are you going to do a fall decor post? Have a great day.

    • Mix and Match Mama September 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Working on it now, Cindy!!

  • Tina September 18, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Such a cute party! Quick question…What size does Madely wear in Matilda Jane? We still have a tiny bit of room to grow in the 18-24 month stuff we have and I’m afraid to size up to a 2 (she’s in 24m or 2T in other brands). We bought ours at a festival while on vacation. So, I don’t know a local rep who could let me see sizes in person. I’m just going to order from yours.🙂 TIA!!

    • Mix and Match Mama September 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      It depends! Most of her stuff is 18 to 24 month, but her tunics are 2T (and her shorties!).

      • Tina September 19, 2017 at 11:54 am

        Thanks so much! That helps a lot! 🙂

  • Justine @ Charm City Ciemny's September 18, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    What a FUN party! Happy birthday Kensington!

    Justine @ Charm City Ciemny’s

  • Bekah Bruce September 18, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    What a sweet girl! Love her simple party! It is so nice when they start to have an opinion and you can just let go!! Her face looks like she had the best time!

  • Nicole D. September 18, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    What a great theme! The bundt cake looks so good. Happy Birthday Kensington!

    Ps – I was born at that same time too 🙂

  • Paula September 18, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Perfect party for s sweet 9 year old.

  • Kim Hayes September 18, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Hi There!
    I have been following your blog for a number of years but don’t think I’ve ever commented. My husband and I are empty-nesters so seeing your pics and family fun help me to relive fond memories and bring joy from your littles. I’m also a former elementary teacher and it’s refreshing to see Kensington enjoy something silly like trolls rather than pushing to grow up too quickly. Blessings to you and your sweet family, Shay. Thank you for sharing your kiddos with us!

  • Jennifer Atmore September 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Such a sweet party! My son will be 10 in May, and I too have decided that big “Pinterest” parties are not mandatory anymore! May Kensington have a great 9th year, and an awesome year in 3rd grade!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt September 18, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    This is THE MOST precious party ever!!! And love that your Fruity Pebbles bundt went perfect for this! Trolls is such a cute movie and Kensington did a great job picking it out as her theme!

  • Erin Port September 18, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    So cute and our kids are at the age where they pick too so I have a Shopkins art party coming my way on Saturday ;). xoxo ERIN

  • Ann Marie Tennison September 18, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Looks like such a fun party!! Happy Birhday, K!

  • Haley Sulka September 18, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Shay, I mentioned you in my blog today if you have a moment- scroll down to #2:
    You are the greatest, I mean that. Thank you for keeping up with your writing and inspiring me too!

  • Nicole September 18, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    What a fun party! And sweet birthday girl. 😊 So, I have a pretty random question 😂 I love your nap and daily routine posts from awhile ago, I have young kids at home and they have great advice! I know you started working out with your kids while they were newborns still, and keep up with a busy and active lifestyle…I’m wondering what your approach was during the newborn stage when they almost nap hourly, did you stay home? Have a schedule/routine? Were you flexible? I need some guidance. 😉

    • Mix and Match Mama September 19, 2017 at 5:01 am

      My babies always took a morning nap (typically an hour after they woke up) and then an afternoon nap. They would catnap while we were out, but I was always home for those two naps. Enjoy this baby stage!! It goes by quickly!!

  • Gabrielle Storey September 19, 2017 at 10:50 am

    What a fun party! Of course it was Trolls! Love it!

  • Shelly September 26, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    She is just beautiful and I love she had such a part in planning this fun birthday!

  • Detroit Duchess October 2, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Happy Birthday Kensington! That Trolls headband is the cutest – I have to get one for my niece!