Inside Brooke Anderson’s Daughter Kate’s Birthday Party

05/17/2012 at 08:45 PM ET

Happy birthday! Brooke Anderson‘s daughter Kate Victoria celebrated turning three with a party Saturday at the historic carousel at the Santa Monica Pier.

“The carousel is one of Kate’s favorite weekend activities, and she wanted to share the fun with her friends,” The Insider co-host tells PEOPLE. “Kate’s buddies from preschool, church, our neighborhood, and play dates, were all there to help her celebrate!”

Jim, Kate and BrookeCharlotte Lee Photography

Guests enjoyed a cake from Hansen‘s, along with a special visit from Princess Belle. “She was a huge hit at the party, reading stories, singing, and face painting,” Anderson, 34, says. “I had not told Kate that Belle would be there, so she was beyond surprised and has been talking about how ‘Belle came to my party’ ever since.”

Princess Belle reads a storyCharlotte Lee Photography

Mother and daughter worked together on the goodie baskets each guest took home from the party, which included Mabel’s Labels, Itzy Ritzy snack bags, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, toy animals, balls, stickers, play dough, and bracelets and nail polish for the girls.

Goodie bagsCharlotte Lee Photography

“I made [them] an arts and crafts project, so Kate and I enjoyed shopping for toys and then assembling them together,” the CNN and HLN anchor and reporter explains. “We painted each child’s name on the front of a bucket, filled with surprises, wrapped it in cellophane and tied with ribbon.”

The cakeCharlotte Lee Photography

“Being a full-time working mother is a delicate balance, and there are no easy answers,” Anderson, who is married to Jim Walker, continues. “I take it one day at a time and try to remain positive and do the best I can. I feel blessed to have had such amazing opportunities professionally and to have a healthy, sweet little girl who is now three years old!”

KateCharlotte Lee Photography

— Sarah Michaud

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Marky on

Gorgeous cake, and what an exciting, amazing birthday party! Love how she demonstrated reaching out to others, and caring about others to her daughter by “making the gift bags” with her! That must have been wonderful to have Belle there. I wish I had thought of having someone dress up as Ariel for my little girl and having “Ariel” read to the children. She was a real Ariel-freak and would have just been thrilled! Must have been “the best birthday ever!” for Kate.