We just completed my daughters 2nd birthday party. This year was tough for me for some reason. Last year I was so excited to start planning that I finished almost a month early and was super organized. This year it pretty much came down to the last minute with things like the food. This threw me for a bit of a loop as that goes against my entire personality.
In the end the party was a complete success and I think my daughter really had a great time. She loved that everyone was there for her and singing for her. Every year my husband and I try to figure out where to have her party. A lot of her friends have parties at bounce house places or Chuck E Cheese’s but that is not really our style. We debated between a local park and our house. Last year we did it at home and I loved it. There are a lot of pros to having it at your home but there are also some major cons. So with my husbands insistence we booked a park and committed to having it outdoors.
I hate to admit it but I am a little prissy when it comes to locations. I do not like dirt or being hot, it is just not my thing, so having her party at a park did not seem ideal to me. I feel like it is 10x’s harder to decorate and make it special. That is how I make the party special; I decorate and cook.
Party City became my special place for decor this year. I went with a theme that they sell, zoo animals. My daughter is obsessed with animals, the zoo has been a big theme with her this year. From there I went and made it girly and cute.
I made paper flower poms out of tissue paper. This took me a while but was totally worth it (I will get you a tutorial soon!) and decorated the pavilion nicely. (We never got a photo of the fully decorated pavilion, I am so sad!) I also took the thousand of stuffed animals my daughter has amassed and brought them to the park. They served as center pieces.
We took plastic table cloths and taped them to the roof then ties them to the posts of the pavilion. They looked like curtains. It would have been perfect but is was SO windy that day so they kept blowing out of the ties.
We bought games for the kids so they were not totally bored. We did the piñata with ribbons which is huge right now and a cute pin the nose on the lion game. All of the kids had a great time playing and seeing how close they could get.
Lastly the best way to make a party special is the food. Of course I made the cake and made it special. Buggies cake would not be complete without custom animal toppers! It was a lemon poppyseed cake (her favorite) on the bottom and a zebra (chocolate/vanilla) cake for the kids on the top. I underestimated just how warm it would be so the cake melted a little but no big deal its all about the taste in the end.
In Florida you never know what kind of weather you are going to be dealing with in March so we took a swing and got pretty lucky. She had a great birthday and in the end that is really all that matters!
The Perfectionist Mom
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