Real Party: Making Music!

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Last year Mia’s 1st birthday party was BIG. We joked and called it her wedding.

For her 2nd, I scaled it down. A lot. I had the party at our tiny house, with family members and just a few good friends. It was simpler, but we still had a great time. And she did too, which is most important.

Even with a small mostly-family guest list, we still had quite a few kiddos. (Mia has triplet cousins!) So I hired a guy who does kids music to come and entertain the masses. He was perfect! The kids loved him.  We went with a music theme for the party.  I kept it pretty simple, but still got a little crafty. princess_Bdayblue

 My go-to invite girl designed the cutest invites for the party! (Oh Creative One is the best!)

music party for 2 year old

Come on in!

music birthday party food

We had the party before dinner, so I just served snacks.  I made some pretty fans to hang behind the table. I found really cute music note paper on Amazon to use. (However I’m so late in posting this that I can’t find it on there anymore!)

smoothies for 2nd birthday

The other thing I had for the kids to “eat” was smoothies. I gave each parent a little card with a variety of fruits and veggies and they marked what their kiddo would want. My wonderful niece and nephew made the smoothies in a few blenders in the other room. I used these cups which were perfect: sturdy, BPA free, and lidded! We had no spills.

Kids love smoothies, and parents loved that their little one was actually eating spinach at a birthday party! It was such a perfect solution for what to serve.  Plus we were able to keep leftover frozen fruit and veggies and use them ourselves, so less waste.  I will definitely do this again.

I made Mia’s little shirt to match the bunting banners that were hung about. Her Auntie Drea made her tutu.  (Thanks Dre!)

music party for 2 year old birthday

Mr. Q is a popular party entertainer for kids in our area, and he did not disappoint.

music party craft

I had a simple little craft set up for the kiddos to do after the music was over. They made paper plate tambourines. I had stickers and markers for the kids to decorate their plates. Then we stapled them together and filled them with uncooked rice.  Directions here.

music party cupcake

Mia had been anxiously awaiting the cupcakes.

music party favors

I ordered music note crayons from this shop to use as party favors. They were adorable.

mia is 2

My heart.

I’m so late in posting this, I’m working on her 3rd birthday right now!

Real Party: Vroom, vroom! Dylan is 2!

My friend Leslie’s son turned 2 recently. He is obsessed with cars, so it was easy to decide on the theme for his party. Leslie held the party at one of our favorite local play spaces. She kept the decorations pretty simple, but it was definitely a homage to his current passion.

2nd birthday carsLeslie found the most adorable car fabric, which I used to made Dylan this cute shirt to wear.

car birthdy party shirt

Dapper little host. 😉

The kids had free reign to explore the giant indoor play structure.

dylans 2 bday

And by “kids” I mean the adults too! I swear I love this place as much as Mia does!

How awesome is this slide?

After all the kiddos and adults were thoroughly worn out, we headed into the party room for pizza and cake.

car party table set up

Leslie’s genius idea was to use chalkboard paper instead of tablecloths.  Leslie, Lindsay and I got together one afternoon to transform the paper into roads. We used white tape for the center lines, and the drew car and truck outlines up and down both sides.

car party table decorations

Leslie scattered mini traffic cones, and road signs up and down the road.  We used this printable set to make the road signs.

party favors car party

Each kid had one of these cars waiting for them as their party favor.

car party 2nd birthday decorations

We also used chalkboard paper and printable road signs to cover the giant 2.

(The 2 has been used at 4 parties so far, getting appropriate make-overs for each one. You saw it here first. We are all about reduce-reuse-recycle apparently!)

Drea made one of her signature mini layered cakes for Dylan.

car party birthday cake

And all the other kiddos enjoyed cupcakes.

cupcake eatersThe cupcakes were a big hit.  :)

dylan bday cakeHappy Happy Birthday Dylan!

And just for fun…here’s one more video of my Mia’s favorite slide:

How did we get here? Take a trip down memory lane:

Dylan’s first birthday party is here.

Dylan’s sip & see is here.

Leslie’s baby shower is here.

Leslie’s wedding is here.

And lastly, vendors:

Venue: La Petite Play

Party favor cars and mini cones: Oriental Trading

Photography: Linsday Little

Real Party: Bubble Bash!

bubble bash cover photoThese 2 cuties were born one day apart, down the hall from each other at the same hospital. So of course they had to share a birthday party.

(They actually shared a sort-of birthday party already. Make sure and check it out here. Its fun to see how much they’ve grown!)

My friends Johanna and Lindsay combined efforts to throw a bubble-themed party. All toddlers love bubbles, so the theme was perfect.

bubble birthday partyThe party was held in Lindsay’s backyard. She filled the trees with paper lanterns in different shades of blue.

Several friends chipped into make breakfast casseroles for the mid-morning party. Lindsay served donuts for dessert since the party was in the morning.  Lindsay and I decided we are definitely going to do donuts again. (Yes, I realize I make cupcakes for parties. But the donuts were so yummy and cute and easy!)

bubble birthday donut table

A local donut shop made several of their donuts with aqua icing. So so cute.

donuts cake stands

The donut table was really the star of the show. We raided the cake stands collection of myself and several girlfriends.  Lindsay made some simple banners to hang behind the table with cupcake papers and aqua paper circles.

2nd birthday cakesDrea made little layered cakes for each of them. Aren’t they adorable?

2nd birthday party decorationsA “2” and the birthdays tots’ initials hung on the fence.

When Lindsay turned on the bubble machine, the kids went nuts!

mia at bubble partyI barely saw this girl the whole time.

bubble party funI had to borrow another cutie to get a picture with me. :)

In addition to the bubble machine, each child got a bubble wand.

bubble party favorsThey were a hit! (There were cute labels on them, but I didn’t get a picture.)

dylanIf you look closely you can see Dylan’s label.

bubble birthday party for boy and girlHappy kiddos!




Bubble wands: Oriental Trading

Paper lanterns:  Jade Time

Invitation and favor labels: Oh Creative One

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Real Party: Punk Rock 1st Birthday

My friend Drea’s baby girl just turned 1. (How did this happen so quickly?!) She threw a party in the park, with such a fun and creative theme.

When Drea was brainstorming a theme, she knew it somehow had to acknowledge Lily’s hair. It is legendary and has been from the moment she was born. Here’s some proof…

lily hair

For the first half of her little life, the hair stuck straight up. Now its long, beautiful little girl hair. But it was truly legendary.

When Eddie & Drea
snapped this picture of her in the bath, Drea knew right away they were going to do a punk rock theme.

lily bath

This classic bath tub photo became this amazing invitation:

punk rock party invitaiton

And now, onto the party details!

The party was held in a picnic area at a local park. Kids could run around on the adjacent playground, which was great.  Drea had lunch catered and it was delicious.

punk rock party tables

Drea covered the tables in the picnic area with plastic tablecloths.


Some punk hair extensions were available to guests as they entered the space.

punk rock party centerpieces

Centerpieces were galvanized buckets painted black stacked on a record with some cute signs stuck in them.  One featured a silhouette drawing showing “the hair” that Drea had done during this year.  So cute, and perfect for the park setting.

dessert table punk rock party

I built one of my standard displays with my favorite white shelf for the cupcakes.  Drea added monthly pictures of Lily’s first year in some black frames and hung inflatable guitars overhead.

punk rock birthday cakeDrea made Lily’s birthday cake and it served as our centerpiece.

punk rock party cupcakes


punk rock party favors

Party favors were glow sticks.  Love the tags.

punk rock 1st birthday party

Lily was the cutest little cake eater. She dug in and was concentrating very hard. So precious.

punk rock 1st birthday cake

Look at those messy little hands.

punk party girls outfit

And the adorable leggings.  I die of the cuteness.

happy bday lily

There was no official costume contest. But if there had been, the winner would have been…


…Miss Kennedy! She had no competition! Can you believe this outfit?!

me and mia

My little punk rock girl. (I was very lazy with her outfit. What can I say, I was busy baking. ha!)

Happy, Happy Birthday Lily! 

PS Welcome to the toddler years, Drea 😉



Catering: Mango Grill

Invitation: Pierre Tardif

Guitars and hair extensions: Oriental Trading

Cupcakes: Indulge

Real Party: Sparkle of My Eye Baby Shower

My friends Katie, Julie, and Leslie recently threw a baby shower for their bff Sam.

Sam was expecting a girl, and they went all out with sparkles and pink when designing this celebration.
sparkle baby shower

 The theme of the shower was “Sparkle of my Eye.”  There are so many fun, sparkly details!

baby shower door sign

The party was held in the backyard.

baby shower drinksGuests were greeted by a sparkly beverage bar…

(The sign says “She leaves a little sparkle everywhere she goes”. It was repurposed as art for the nursery!)

baby shower appetizers

…and some light appetizers.

baby shower sparkle flowers

Katie painted mason jars with different shades of pink and shimmery sparkles and placed them all throughout the party space.  Pretty, pretty.

baby shower table

The gorgeous place settings included gold beaded chargers and gold flatware.  Swoon!

Guest filled out “Wishes for Baby” cards that were tucked into each pink napkin.

Criss-crossing bunting banners hung above the table.

baby shower dessert table

After a lunch of salads and sandwiches, guests were treated to a dessert bar.

Desserts included chocolate cupcakes, macaroons, chocolate dipped Oreo pops, mini ice cream cones, and pink cotton candy in cones.

chevron cupcakesThe chevron fondant toppers on Julie’s cupcakes were adorable.

baby shower activityBetween eating and opening gifts, guests did a little crafting and put together headbands for the baby girl.

sams shower

Sam and her hostesses. :)

(I’ll share what the crew did for Leslie’s shower soon!)

Congrats Sam! Cannot wait to meet your baby girl! xoxo


Linens, tableware: Danny Thomas Party Rentals

Invitation: Print Your Heart Out