Hi friends! I’ve been a little absent from the blog lately, simply because as we come to close on this pregnancy, I’ve been doing my best to focus on my family. And while I absolutely love blogging, my husband and kids will always come first – which can sometimes mean taking a step back from any and all other distractions.
All of that being said, this last week was solely spent on time with the kids during their spring break, and preparing for Emmett’s second birthday party. When I asked Emmett about a month ago what he wanted to do for this birthday party, all he asked for was balloons and vanilla cupcakes.
Simple man – I like that.
For about three weeks, any time I stepped foot into a Target I would pick up some packages of balloons. By the time it was all said and done, I had about 30 bags of balloons that needed to be blown up. If my kiddo wanted to have a balloon party, then we were going to have the best balloon party EVER. Thankfully someone recommended that I buy a balloon pump, otherwise my husband and I would have passed out after about three bags. So while I got the house set up for the party, JD just sat in the living room and blew up around 200 balloons. We didn’t even get through half of the balloons I bought, because the party area was completely filled…and JD’s fingers may or may not have been about to fall off.
To see Emmett’s face when he woke up on his birthday made all of the effort put in to the party 100% worth it. He squealed the entire way down the hall, and the boys spent the whole morning running and scootering through the balloons. It was impossible to not feel their joy!
Even though I took the balloon theme and ran with it, we actually kept the party pretty simple and fairly inexpensive. I decided to make the cupcakes and cake balls myself, and used fun food colors that I found at Hobby Lobby to match the balloons that Emmett had picked out. I also came across the cutest balloon toothpicks on Etsy (found here), and they allow you to customize your order to match any color scheme.
The food was just as effortless, and when it comes to toddler parties, I have learned that finger foods are definitely key. So we did mini chicken and waffles, donut hole kabobs, little pigs in a blanket, mini quiche, and lots of fruit. Toddlers also tend to be on the move, so I put out applesauce pouches, Annie’s bunnies packages, and some mini milks. With everything being bite-size, it made it easy for the guests to just pick up food and go, and made clean up a breeze. I’ve also discovered that having a little something special for the adults is a nice touch. So I put out a basic mimosa bar for the parents to enjoy.
As far as activities went, we turned our backyard in to a toddler paradise. We already had everything we needed, it was just a matter of setting it out. Between the trampoline, slide, plastic roller coaster, and bounce house, the kids were more than amused. But by far, my favorite part about the party is that we decided to do a book exchange between the kids instead of doing gifts.
On the invite I asked that instead of a gift, if they would bring a wrapped, unmarked book. Since everyone was under five, there wasn’t a real order – we just put the books in a pile, had all of the kids sit down and they took turns picking out a gift. They loved getting to open their own book, and it doubled as a party favor!
My second favorite thing about the party was putting out a book for the guests to sign and write their birthday wishes in. It made a nice and creative party touch that Emmett can always keep.
All-in-all, this was honestly my favorite party that we have had. I truly felt like everything went pretty seamless, and that all of the people who attended had a fun time. And while I went a little over the top with the balloons, the overall simplicity of the party is what made it fun.
After Noah’s birthday in December, I have started a new tradition with the boys of asking them some birthday interview questions. Here is how Emmett’s turned out:
How old are you?: I twooooo! (Does a finger dance)
What’s your favorite color?: Green
What’s your favorite show on TV?: Blaze (Blaze and the Monster Machines)
What about your favorite food to eat?: Pancakes. Yogurt.
Milk or Juice?: Joooce
What is your favorite animal?: A croc-dile (Crocodile)
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