After presents, of course, came the cake. I kept it simple with a white cake frosted with chocolate pudding, since I knew I would be making something again for Pen's friend party the next week.
We celebrated Pen's birthday with friends by doing something she's been wanting to do for ages-- ever since her last friend party. Ice skating!
To make things easy at the rink, I borrowed an idea from Bakerella and made some cake pops. Not having to worry about remembering everything that goes along with serving birthday cake was great.
I just took the cake pops to the rink standing upright in a block of styrofoam. That way, whenever the girls felt like having one they could just step off the ice and pop one in their mouths. The pops, along with the hot chocolate catered by the rink, were the perfect skating party treats.
Pen had a fabulous time skating. At first, a little rusty, she had to hang along the wall.
But after a break for some cake pops and hot chocolate...
... she was ready to venture out into the middle of the ice.
Happy Birthday, Pen!