I have visions of handmade birthdays at home with all our family and friends together, where Laura gets smart-alecky and Carrie drops a glass of milk and Pa plays his fiddle.
Instead, we had the grandparents, an aunt and cousin, The Glee family, and the three of us at Chuck E. Cheese.
I did make her a crown, which she wore a lot longer than I expected, and the cake, though from a mix, was baked at home, and I made the frosting from scratch. She loved the creepy "band" at Chuck E. Cheese, loved her pedal car, loved having all these people around who love her back.
It's not Little House on the Prarie, but it's close enough.