We are delighted to bring you Jen from Down With the Dearmore’s today. She is sharing her daughters special 2nd birthday party.
As I began to prepare for Ella’s 2nd Birthday, I couldn’t for the life of me come up with the perfect theme for her party! I started to ask my little one what she wanted for her party and she replied, pink cake! and balloons! Easy enough! But back to the theme…that still didn’t get me anywhere! That’s about the time I found this absolutely adorable invitation on Tiny Prints. It was perfect. I didn’t have to have a theme per say, but I could create exactly what my little girl had asked for all along….pink cake and balloons! And that’s where the party planning took off!
I knew I wanted to keep it as simple as possible, which is not always an easy task for me as I love to create, host, plan, and even do some of my own DIY projects. As far as decorations, I played off the colors from the invitations. I’ve been obsessed lately with any and every kind of garland. I bought the one that is displayed on the cake table, but the rest, I made myself (the dot garland above the drink station, the tissue tassel garland below the drink station, and the picture garland across the fireplace).
Again, not only did I want to keep it simple, but wanted to keep her party on a budget as much as possible. I printed off the birthday print on the cake table from Pinterest, but the rest of them I created on Microsoft Word. I bought $1 picture frames from the Dollar Store and spray painted them gold to keep them within the color scheme. The rest of the decorations consisted of balloons in the party colors as well as fresh flowers I purchased the day before the party.
As far as the food, again, I kept it simple. Ella declared her birthday pink cake day, so I wanted to make sure the focal point of the party was her pink cake! And as you can see from the pictures, it was big enough to feed an army, but it sure made the impression I was going for! Along with the cake, we served cookies that were beautifully baked and designed by a good friend of mine, and individual Blue Bell ice cream cups. I’m glad I was able to contain myself and only serve cake, cookies and ice cream as everyone was full by then! We also had a drink station with pink (yes, maybe there was a little bit of a theme going here) lemonade in mason jars, water, and soft drinks.
The kiddos enjoyed their very own table that was covered in white paper, so they could draw and color at their pleasure. To say thank you to our special guests, I put together metal buckets filled with stickers, paint, a bouncy ball, and bubbles.
It was such a fun day had by all! One we will never forget! All in all, we were tickled pink!