It's a little questionable whether a 2-year-old knows it's their birthday or even what a birthday is. But after repeated viewings of Brobee's birthday party, to Elise, "birthday" became synonymous with balloons, streamers and cake. Pretty accurate! Because of that, I wanted to incorporate lots of balloons and other obviously "birthday" decorations so that she would understand this was her birthday party. (For the record, I think it worked!)
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I made some fringey crepe paper streamers in my color pallette of pink and orange. Big impact for only around $3.
I folded small strips over a longer piece and sewed it together with my sewing machine, but you could probably use tape or a stapler if you don't have access to a sewing machine.
If you are the kind of person who likes to make everything perfectly straight, I will warn you that crepe paper is probably not the best medium for you. It defies neatness. But like the ruffled streamers I made last year, they look better when they are a little messy.
I stole this balloon number idea from Martha. (There are a bunch of other number-themed ideas via that link too!)
All of the mini balloons I used are actually water balloons. You can get them almost anywhere (Target, dollar stores, party stores) for about $1 a pack. Make sure to stretch them a bit before blowing them up or they might pop in your face! I speak from experience.
As I mentioned in yesterday's invitation post, I chose a numbers theme because of Elise's crazy number obsession. I got this idea to make number-shaped balloons, and luckily I have a brother who knows how to do this!
He had a part-time job in high school where he learned to twist balloons, and with a couple of YouTube refreshers, my idea came to life.
The two table...
I've wanted to make these chalkboard vases for a while. I can't remember where I saw the idea originally; I think it was just a photo. But it's so simple -- a couple of coats of chalkboard paint painted directly onto the glass (no primer necessary).
The cake was from a local bakery. My mom had a Groupon, and it was nice to be able to farm out at least one task! I don't have a lot of faith in the cake decorators of America, so I requested a very simple design, but I think they did a good job.
My mom also made some cupcakes, and she decorated them with these super cute 2 cookies. I love the idea of a cookie being the cupcake topper!
She made a ton of extras and they were a huge hit with the kids. And me.
I have a few more smaller party posts planned, but please let me know if there's anything specific you'd like extra details or a tutorial on.
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