One fine morning I was chit chatting with the Starbucks barista while waiting for my drink...she asked, "What are you doing today?" When I mentally went through the mile-long list of birthday party to-do's, I realized my answer was complicated. I simply remarked, "I think it's fair to say that I've become the Crazy Party Mama...I'm planning my daughter's 2nd birthday party and it's gotten out of hand." We laughed, and I proceeded to continue with (caffeinated beverage in hand) weeks of decorating, shopping, list making, food prepping, pom-pom making, and day-dreaming. All for a few short hours of birthday party bliss!
Which, I might add, aren't possible without the amazing PEOPLE who joined us for this special celebration. Truthfully, all the beautiful stuff in the world doesn't a lovely party make...it's actually beautiful people that make the day.
And, I think it's safe to say, everyone had a good time! Now...on to the details :)
For some, this might not even be a category in party planning. But, I gotta tell you: I LOVE PAPER! I love making the invitation something super special every year (for all of my events...although, there have been last minute times when I've had to only rely on the good ol' www!) This invitation, as usual, didn't turn out ANYTHING like I had envisioned, but I still thought it was pretty darn cute. After all EVALIE is right on the front of this postcard style card...and there's a fun little poem on the back.
The thank you cards were made using my cricuit die cut machine. I'm planning on enclosing photos of the guests in their thank you cards, and having Evalie colour a picture inside...It's very important that I pass on the value of a handwritten thank you card like my mama passed on to me! That reminds me...sorry if I owe you a thank you card...lol!
Last year I made Evalie's birthday cake...but it was simple. This year, I was intending for someone else to make this cake. Didn't work out that way, and I was "stuck" with the job...something I don't TOTALLY love doing, but wasn't able to simplify it after I had already dreamt of THIS cake! It's three layers on each tear of ombre teal cake inside with ombre purple buttercream outside. Oh, and before you go thinking that I am an amazing baker...it's from a box! lol! I will say, however, that Betty Crocker knows what she's doing...it tasted great.
I am SUPER proud of this adorable cake bunting I made with scraps of tulle from various decorations - how CUTE are those little pom poms?!?! Seriously!
The cake topper is a vintage address number that was painted turquoise. I found it at my favourite new store in Abbotsford, which within three months of opening its doors was published in House and Home - for good reason! http://www.sprucecollective.com/
I've been decorating this place for weeks...yeah, I'm not kidding! This wall of photos was from the photo shoot I did with Evalie in order to capture a perfect shot for her invitation. I had so many cute pictures afterwards that I thought, why not blow them up and add another splash of purple and teal for the photo wall?! I left two black and whites from her 9 month photo shoot with previous local business Red Wagon Photography. Love how it added a little whimsy to the living room :)
Two of these frames are filled with simple free printables I found on pinterest - here's the awesome blog I got them from http://www.nestofposies-blog.com/2013/02/easter-chalkboard-printables/ Thank you Nest of Posies! The middle one is actually one of her thank you cards yet to be sent.
We didn't make tutus for all the little girl guests. (See?! I'm not really as crazy as you thought!) We just invited them to wear their own tutus - but just in case we had a few little dollar store ones strung along the stairway as extras ;)
My dear friend Jenn helped me with this pom-pom centered balloon-strung crete-paper ceiling for the living room. The banner was something I already had (remember Christmas?...yeah, this is the one that says Merry Christmas on one side and Happy Birthday on the other!) Even though it doesn't perfectly match the theme of this particular party, I am hoping to use it for all the birthdays...that's why I kept it neutral. I think it worked out okay!
We converted Evalie's toy ottoman into the kids eating table by putting a board over it and wrapping it in simple plastic table cloths. It worked out great to have the kiddos on the floor and their parents keeping an eye on them on the comfy couches. David also made a slide show of Evalie's last year of life for everyone's entertainment - the computer is playing it over and over on the mantel in the background. I had leftover chevron fabric from some curtains I made for my scrapbooking room, and hung it as a backdrop for pictures of the birthday girl enjoying her cake at the head of her kiddie table...simple!
The front room was converted into a "dance party/photo shoot" room with huge wrapping paper backdrops and banners and balloons everywhere! Auntie Krystal was blowing bubbles off the staircase for added excitement - the kiddos just loved it!
I had this picture from in my craft room for various photo shoots. My mom and I painted it purple for this special day - it worked out pretty cute I'd say!
I'll be honest, the food part of party isn't really my thing. I'm not that great in the kitchen - never have been. I much prefer to just eat out...truthfully. The food was mostly from M&M Meat Shops...I mean, why try to make what you can buy?! But, there were a few little things that were homemade...
As usual, there was way too much food. But, I'm always nervous that there won't be enough! Yes...I just ate another Feta Pepper Pinwheel before I typed that last sentence. They're good! I forgot to get a closeup of the jello cookies in teal and purple and the jello trifle also in teal and purple (I thought about yellow and red instead, but then realized that wouldn't really GO...lol!)
Last year my MIL had the brilliant idea of making rice crispy "cake" balls for any gluten free guests to enjoy. This year I did it again! But, I dipped them in frosting to keep with the theme...actually, I used frosting because I had SO MUCH that I had made!!! All you do is microwave the frosting for a few seconds to make it soft enough for dipping - who knew?!
Little die cut flowers were sprinkled on the table to add another touch of colour.
You may have noticed that my table is wearing a tutu. Yeah. I DID that. It started off as an EPIC pinterest fail! But, I just kept adding more and more tulle, and then finished it off with a big pretty aqua bow, and voila! It worked out. Unlike all the tutorials online about making a tutu table, I had to come up with a way to do this that didn't involve nailing, stapling, or gluing anything TO our actual beautiful locally created real wood table. This is a piece of furniture we would like to have forever, so I couldn't damage it in the process of dressing it! How did I do it? My table is literally WEARING a tutu - it's made of elastic edges, with command hooks for added stability along a built-in wooden lip underneath.
The guests enjoyed 7-up and cool aid in mason jars with spill proof lids. I used my crop-o-dile to punch holes in the lids of the jars, and then we covered them with cupcake liners. Amazingly, the lids just screw on right over all that! They're like party sippy cups ;) And filled with delightful childhood sweetness! So much sugar in those little jars...mmmmm!
We seriously contemplated giving out puppies this year. Then, we realized that our dog is really great. So, we contemplated giving out toddlers instead. Just kidding! We had cupcakes in bags, magic wands for the girls, and bow ties for the boys. Of course, the boys wanted the wands to use as swords, and the moms wanted to put bows in the little girls' hair...so whatever! It was cute anyway ;) Oh, and it should be noted that everyone got to take home a helium filled balloon with a bag of aqua jelly-bellies on the bottom (given the world-wide helium shortage, it's difficult to say if this could one day be considered historically significant! Floating balloons photographed above may one day be unrecognizable to our youngsters! You have no idea the moral dilemma I internally faced trying to decide if we should fill some of our balloons...in the end I figured that the helium is sitting there at the store ready for use...I might as well use a little of it to bring smiles to a dozen children for the day...)
After the party, I watched Evalie run around back and forth like a maniac dancing, twirling, singing happy birthday, and then repeating this process numerous times. I fed her a steady diet of cheese and beans before bed, hoping that some of the protein might off set her crazy sugar high. I have never seen my child like this in her life! Let's just say that if she had been in the process of a psychological assessment during this time, it would likely have resulted in some serious treatment recommendations - haha! She slept deeply that night...and so did I :)
It's been amazing to watch this little baby grow into a toddler with her own opinions, thoughts, and especially strong will. Discovering her personality, her likes and dislikes, and her hilarious thoughts has been an unending delight. Nothing in the world is as rewarding as being Evalie's mama! Happy birthday my sweetest little girl!!!!